In South Florida, where the charity season is as glamorous and intense as any in the nation, one iconic fundraiser is regarded as the gala that officially kicks off the social season: The InterContinental Miami’s Make-A-Wish Ball. While there are many philanthropists involved in the event, its enduring success is largely due to the efforts of a trio of extraordinary men whose friendship is as strong as their shared philanthropic bond: Shareef Malnik, Gala Chairman for the 10th consecutive year and Proprietor of The Forge; Robert Hill, Gala Host & InterContinental Miami GM; and Norman Wedderburn, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. Affectionately known as the “Three Amigos,” they work year-round to ensure that the ball is not only memorable for guests, but also lucrative for the cause. This year’s Oz-themed event includes performances by Diana Ross and many other surprises; Nov. 1; 954.967.9474, ext. 318; MakeAWishBall.com.
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When it comes to South Florida’s multigenerational families, few have made a difference Quite Like the Mendelsons have across the arts, culture and world of Brickell real estate development. Their support for Florida Grand Opera started in the 1950’s when it was the Greater Miami Opera Association — born of a love for opera and a desire to ensure its presence For Future Generations.