Alright, y'all, let's talk about something spectacular. The 28th Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish® Ball, which took place on November 4, not only smashed records by raising over $5 million but also dazzled with an array of celebrities and high-profile guests.
Headlining Act: Sting's Charismatic Performance
The legendary Sting, a GRAMMY Award®-winning artist, was the star of the show, enthralling a privileged audience of 900 with his private concert. The energy was palpable as he delivered his iconic tracks, blending perfectly with the ball's high-octane vibe.
A Host of Celebrities and Philanthropy
Gabrielle Anwar, renowned actress and filmmaker, graced the event as the Celebrity Emcee for the 12th year, alongside a list of who's who in the celebrity world. Think supermodel Karolina Kurkova, actor Archie Drury, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, co-host of ABC’s The View Ana Navarro, Miami HEAT legend Alonzo Mourning, fashion maven Naeem Khan, and artist Romero Britto.
The Glamorous "Three Amigos"
Leading the charge were Glenn Sampert, General Manager of InterContinental® Miami; Shareef M. Malnik, Gala Chair; and Norman Wedderburn, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, affectionately known as the "Three Amigos."
The Cause: Life-Changing Wishes
The funds raised are a lifeline for Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, enabling them to continue their mission of granting wishes to critically ill children. This charity's work is not just heartwarming; it's life-changing.
OCULUS – Le Sceptre Rose: A Theme of Intrigue
The event's theme, “OCULUS – Le Sceptre Rose,” whisked guests into a world of adventure and espionage. The InterContinental® Miami morphed into the “World Museum of Art,” with guests playing the role of spies on a mission to recover the stolen "Le Sceptre Rose."
Auctions and Entertainment Galore
The evening was a sensory feast, with a silent auction boasting luxury items and experiences, including an Aston Martin DBX 707 and exquisite jewels. As for entertainment, guests enjoyed espionage-themed performances, a gourmet dinner, and the mind-bending skills of mentalist Lior Suchard.
Sting's Finale and a Nightclub Spectacular
Sting's closing number, “Every Breath You Take,” dedicated to the Make-A-Wish® vision, was a fitting end to the gala. The after-party, headlined by Fat Joe and featuring a Paris Cabaret theme, kept the energy soaring into the night.
A History of Giving
The InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish® Ball's 28-year legacy has seen over $42 million raised for wish-granting. Norm Wedderburn aptly summarized it: this support isn't just generous; it's transformative for the children and their families.
In conclusion, y'all, this event wasn't just a gathering; it was a manifestation of hope, joy, and unyielding support for a cause that touches hearts and transforms lives. And that, my friends, is worth every penny raised and every effort made.