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Emerald City

| January 9, 2015 | Parties National

The Event
At 20, the InterContinental Make A Wish Ball was grander than ever. The gala celebrated two decades of fundraising with a Wizard of Oz theme that let attendees know they were definitely nowhere near Kansas.

The Crowd
Mingling with a slew of Miami VIPs on the party’s gold carpet (a nod to the movie’s yellow-brick road) were the three men that make the ball happen: chairman Shareef Malnik, InterContinental GM Robert Hill and Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Florida CEO Norman Wedderburn. The hosts welcomed the likes of director Brett Ratner, TV presenter Jill Martin, South Beach Wine and Food Festival founder Lee Brian Schrager and many, many others.

The Highlights
Following a cocktail reception and silent auction, guests were summoned to the ballroom where actress and evening emcee Gabrielle Anwar welcomed attendees by surprising them when Malnik, her fiance, emerged from underneath her voluminous green skirt much to the delight of the crowd. She then went on to use her charm to entice folks to bid—and bid again—at the party’s live auction. Later, no other than Diana Ross took the stage to sing hits including “Baby Love” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” By evening’s end, the party had raised $2.5 million to make the wishes of terminally ill children come true. We think Dorothy and Glinda would have approved. –Photography by World Red Eye & Manny Hernandez


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