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Success G i v ing THE WISH MAKERS Get ready to welcome the social season in style and spirit with The InterContential Miami’s Make- A-Wish Ball, an annual event that has makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions around the community. T E X T BY K AYA B A E Z PH OTO S CO U R T E S Y O F M A K E - A -W I S H S O U T H E R N FLO R I DA 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. 48