It’s that time of year.
Social season, a steady stream of charity wingdings and shindigs designed to keep society belles and beaux occupied until April, kicked off in earnest over the weekend with the 23rd annual Make-A-Wish Ball.
And, as always, the charity fundraiser organized by Shareef Malnik, owner of The Forge restaurant in Miami Beach; InterContinental Miami General Manager Robert Hill; and local Make-A-Wish CEO Norman Wedderburn featured two of music’s heavy-hitters.
Former local resident and legendary rocker Lenny Kravitz entertained the 900 or so guests in the grand ballroom of the downtown InterContinental Miami with a steady stream of his classic stuff, including “American Woman,” “Fly Away” and “Mr. Cab Driver.”
Kravitz, 53, and his eight-piece band gave the $1,500-a-plate crowd its money’s worth and were called back to the stage twice.
The after-party, meanwhile, featured another legend, rapper Snoop Dogg.
The artist formerly known as Snoop Lion spent nearly two hours spinning in a makeshift DJ booth next to the hotel’s ballroom.
Spotted in the crowd: actress Gabrielle Anwar, the “Burn Notice” alumnus who co-stars in the ABC drama “Once Upon a Time;” “Today” show sportscaster Jill Martin; “The Voice” winner Alisan Porter; former Playboy model and “Real Housewives of Miami star” Lisa Hochstein; jewelry designer Orianne Collins, who came without former-husband-turned-current-boyfriend Phil Collins; and Miami mayoral frontrunner Francis Suarez.
When the smoke cleared in the wee hours Sunday, Make-A-Wish was set to receive more than $2.3 MILLION raised at the event, making it one of South Florida’s richest one-night-only charity fundraisers.
The nonprofit grants $5,000 wishes to children with serious illnesses, often trips to far-flung places and out-of-the-ordinary activities.