The InterContinental Hotel in Miami gathered celebrities, local moguls, fashion mavens, notable philanthropists and jet-setters for the 18th Annual Make-A-Wish Ball. This yearly event its done with the purpose of raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. The foundation has the mission of granting wishes to children, with life-threatening conditions, in an effort to enrich their lives with hope and joy. Gabrielle Anwar, star of TV hit show ‘Burn Notice’, returned as the Celebrity Auctioneer persuading guests to donate to this cause and bid on exciting packages. The entertainer of the night was songstress Melanie Amaro, winner of the X Factor, who performed her new singles as well as music from her past performances at the show.
The venue was lavishly decorated with a Bollywood inspired theme. Dancers, decor, music and food, transported guests to the beautiful land of snake charmers and exotic jewels. The night began with a cocktail hour with performers dressed in sarees, donning silk scarves and inviting attendees to enjoy gold sugar crusted lychee-tinis and exquisite seafood plates. The silent auction included an array of items, from jewelry to trips and art, which guests bid on prior to the dinner portion of the night. Among the ‘Live Auction’ packages sold were: A Martha’s Vineyard Mansion package, The ‘James Bond Experience’ which included the rental of a Ferrari, ‘Your Ticket to The World’ vacation package and a Meet & Greet day with the cast of ‘Burn Notice’.
Some of the most memorable moments of the night were: Sidney Lister, who was granted the wish to meet actress Emma Stone, speaking about her experience with the Make-A-Wish Foundation; Philanthropist Jim Ferraro pledging to adopt 20 wishes, worth $100,000, if it was met by the crowd, which indeed encouraged attendees to donate and grant 20 wishes more; Melanie Amaro’s heartfelt performance of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing, which brought tears upon many of the guests and the singer herself, as she spoke about the day she met the music icon.