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Wishes Galore

| December 27, 2011 | Parties

We’ve known there was something about Gabrielle Anwar since we saw her tango into our hearts with Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman, but we had no idea of the woman’s abilities as a live auctioneer. Those skills were on full display at this year’s annual Make-A-Wish Ball at the InterContinental Hotel, where the Burn Notice star got attorney Jim Ferraro, a long-time Make-A-Wish supporter, to donate $100,000 on the spot, a pledge that will grant the wishes of 20 terminally ill children in South Florida. By the end of the evening, the gala had netted more than $1.1 million and reached its $10 million lifetime fundraising goal, something it’s been striving to do since its inception. Anwar’s philanthropic talents aside, the live auction was but one of many highlights at the event, which this year celebrated its 17th anniversary with a “Party of the Century” theme in homage to Truman Capote’s infamous Black and White Ball. Masks were a must, and most guests didn’t disappoint with variations that ran the gamut from Batman- simple to Eyes Wide Shut-extravagant. Upon entering the party, guests were greeted by entertainers outfitted with chandelier headpieces before moving on to the mezzanine where black-and-white art installations teased the eye as camouflaged performers came to life within them. As cocktail hour came to an end, tunes by DJ Irie summoned guests into the main ballroom for a three-course meal that included everything from sturgeon mousse to Gorgonzola-stuffed tenderloin. After Anwar took her bow at the live auction, which also included a 2012 McLaren MP4-12C, all sorts of five-star vacations and even a walk-on role on Burn Notice, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts took the stage to perform. Rocking out to hits like “Cherry Bomb” and “Crimson and Clover” were Sammy and Sonia Sosa, Al and Nancy Malnik, Lea Black, Lisa Pliner, Greg Lotus and Fernando Wong. Ah, fundraising in true Miami style. Photography by Seth Browarnik/World Red Eye


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