On Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10:30 p.m. until 3:00 a.m., the 19th Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida and InterContinental® Miami will celebrate the 6th Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub. Designer Traver Rains will debut his “La Nuit Magique” collection at a high-energy runway show inspired by a 1930s vaudevillian show.
Considered the evening’s grand finale, The InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub is always a highly-anticipated experience introducing the event to Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida’s next generation of supporters. The event’s host committee is led by “The Three Amigos” –Shareef Malnik, Gala Chairman and proprietor of The Forge l Restaurant and Wine Bar; Robert B. Hill, Gala Host & InterContinental Miami General Manager; and Norman Wedderburn, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida – together with Michael Capponi, Gala Vice-Chairman and President & CEO of The Capponi Group. Co-Chairmen of the event are Maxwell Blandford, Clif Loftin, Antonio Misuraca, Danny Estevez, Sarah Bromley and Felicia Marquez.
Designer Rains, who returns as featured designer for the second year, describes his “La Nuit Magique” concept as “a 1930s burlesque meets a modern-day Cirque du Freak.” With a celebrity following that includes Adam Lambert, Perez Hilton and Taryn Manning, Rains is known for avant-garde custom couture that is right at home on the red carpet.
“This year, guests can expect lots of skin, with a tiny hint of bondage during the fashion show,” said Rains. “And, of course, there will be many fashion moments on the runway that will make guests gasp and smile.”
The elaborate décor for the event is being created by DECO Productions. Guests will enter InterContinental Miami’s Biscayne Ballroom, leading directly into the fashion show. DJ Sandman will be awaiting them, spinning his intoxicating groove. After Rains presents his collection, guests will be invited to step into character and dance on the catwalk or, for those less exhibitionistic, take-in the live burlesque shows enacted by risqué dancers, as well as other outrageous surprises as the night continues.
Tickets for the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub are $100, (for those already attending the Ball prior, there is no charge) and can be purchased at https://hotelballafterparty2013.eventbrite.com
There will be a complimentary open bar and suitable evening attire is required.
A 52-person Honorary Host Committee was also named for the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub, and is comprised of the following: Peter J. Ancona, Roly Aspuru, Crista Azqueta, Zach Belokopitsky, Janice Bernstein, Nick Betancourt, Maxwell Blandford, Sarah Bromley, Olga Castano, Peter Cruz, Christopher DiSchinio, Fayruz Escaf, Andres A. Fanjul, Robert Fernandez, Elizabeth A. Finamore, Louis Fonsecca Productions, Chlor Freytag, Hope Gainer/Hope International, Pritty Gajiwala, Nicole Gomez, JaDee Guidice, Alex Holland, Ashlee Holland, Scott Kranz, Luigi Lone & Friends, Yaseen Malnik, Steven Marco, Felicia Marquez, Anthony Marzilli, Margene Munoz, Anthony Marzilli, Margene Munoz, Lexie Overholt, Jake B. Roberts, Sundown Productions, David L. Roth, Miami International Architects, Rich Santelises, Molly Shearer, Stilt Media and Kay Stone.
The mission of Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In its 18-year history, the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball has raised in excess of $12.3 million. With these much needed funds, the Foundation has been able to grant more than 2620 wishes for deserving children in our community. Past VIP guests of the Ball have included Gabrielle Anwar, Melanie Amaro, Paula Abdul, Sharon Stone, Kim Kardashian, Esteban Cortazar, Pamela Anderson, former Florida governor Charlie Crist, Scottie and Larsa Pippen, Russell Simmons, Venus and Serena Williams, Don King, Sex in the City’s Candace Bushnell, Marcus Schenkenberg, Pauly Shore, and performers Joan Jett, Macy Gray, Natalie Cole, Wyclef Jean, Bernadette Peters, the late Nell Carter, Deborah Gibson, and The Honey Brothers, featuring Adrian Grenier.
ABOUT INTERCONTINENTAL® MIAMI:
Celebrating over 25 years as an icon of the Downtown Miami skyline, the InterContinental® Miami is located at the crossroads of Miami's Business and Arts & Entertainment districts. A beacon for business and leisure travelers alike, the hotel rises 34 stories over the city with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay and the Port of Miami. The hotel features 641 luxury guest rooms, including 34 suites and two presidential suites designed by Venus William’s V Starr Interiors; 33 meeting rooms with over 101,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, including a spectacular Grand Ballroom; multiple food and beverage outlets - Toro Toro, ¡Ole!, Blue Water, Table 40 and the hotel’s interactive lobby lounge; full-service fitness center and spa at mySpa Miami; and rooftop pool deck with gardens. The InterContinental Miami is a proud corporate citizen of the Miami-Dade community, invested through its annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, and its corporate social responsibility program. For more information or to make reservations, call 305-577-1000 or visit www.icmiamihotel.com
ABOUT TRAVER RAINS:
Traver Rains, former co-creator of the infamous fashion brand Heatherette, has since started his own line called T. Rains. The brand features a wide range of designs from silk-screened tank tops and t-shirts to custom couture dresses. Traver's new line, attracting stars such as Adam Lambert, Perez Hilton and Taryn Manning, boats a combination of influences of his Western roots as a 5th generation horse rancher and his many years of living and designing in NYC. T. Rains’ growing fan base also includes Lydia Hearst, Alan Cumming, David LaChapelle, Kaya Jones, Lance Bass, Ashley Hinshaw, Thompson Square and Johnny Weir.