WHO:Shareef Malnik, Gala Chair of the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball and proprietor of The Forge; Robert Hill, Gala Host and General Manager of The InterContinental Miami; and Norm Wedderburn, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida — the trio affectionately known as the Three Amigos — served as hosts for the evening.
WHY:Make-A-Wish Southern Florida has granted more than 11,000 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The annual Ball, this year on November 3, plays a major role in raising funds for those efforts.
What’s the Best Gift You’ve Ever Received?
“Walkie-Talkies, in 1973.” Norm Wedderburn (left).
“On January 31, 2010, I met my wife, Gabrielle Anwar. That was the best gift ever.” Shareef Malnik (center).
“A trip to the Amalfi Coast with my family.” Robert Hill (right). Photograph by Manny Hernandez.
“My kids.” Judge Bronwyn Miller. Photograph by Manny Hernandez.
“My boss gave me an Olympic torch from the 1996 Atlanta Games.” Manny Ruiz, right, with Todd Rubenstein and Danielle Gonzalez. Photograph by Manny Hernandez.
“My wife.” Jonathan Babicka.
“My kids.” Missy Babicka. Photograph by Manny Hernandez.
“A tan Volkswagen Rabbit with a fuzzy pink steering wheel.” Adele Harrington.
“Cards Against Humanity.” Eric Harrington. Photograph by Manny Hernandez.
“Him.” Victoria Rafaeli.
“Her.” Joel Delgado.
Photograph by Manny Hernandez.
“A photo album from my daughter with a lifetime of memories.” Sandy Alfano, with Andrew Alfano. Photograph by Manny Hernandez.
“Genuine kindness.” Stephanie Alonso. Photograph by Manny Hernandez.
Over 350 ravenous foodies joined an elite group of South Florida’s top chefs for the 8th Annual Slow Food Miami “Snail of Approval” Tasting Party. The event, held at chic The Palms Hotel & Spa, was hosted and emceed by Kelly Blanco of NBC 6,alongside special guest judges Jenny Starr Perez (Indulge Miami Editor) Victoria Pesce-Elliot (Miami Herald Food Critic) and Olee Fowler (Eater Miami Editor).