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MIAMI, FL (November 10, 2011) – On Saturday, November 5, 2011, the InterContinental Miami hosted South Florida’s premier gala to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida, celebrating the 17th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball to the theme of Truman Capote’s legendary Black & White Ball of 1966. With a performance by rock-n-roll legend Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, an action-packed live auction emceed by Burn Notice star Gabrielle Anwar, the fourth anniversary of the InterContinental Make-A-Wish Nightclub, and the achievement of a $10 million lifetime fundraising milestone, the affair fulfilled its namesake prophecy as “The Party of the Century.” “This year’s Ball was a dream come true,” said Norman Wedderburn, President and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida. “Joan Jett gave a performance of a lifetime, Gabrielle Anwar put her heart and soul into raising funds during the live auction, and our supporters never seemed more excited and optimistic. All of these elements combined contributed to the incredible achievement of our lifetime fundraising milestone, which we far surpassed.”
The mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of 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 the 17-year history of the Ball, the InterContinental Miami has embraced this mission and has produced the annual gala as its signature event benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida. The partnership between the Hotel and the Foundation has created South Florida’s premier gala event and most importantly has fundraised in excess of $10 million. With these much needed funds, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida has been able to grant more than 2,100 wishes for deserving children in the South Florida community. Past VIP guests of the Ball have included Paula Abdul, Sharon Stone, Kim Kardashian, Esteban Cortazar, Pamela Anderson, Governor Charlie Crist, Scottie and Larsa Pippen, Russell Simmons, Venus and Serena Williams, Don King, Sex in the City author Candace Bushnell, Marcus Schenkenberg, Pauly Shore, and performers Macy Gray, Natalie Cole, Wyclef Jean, Bernadette Peters, the late Nell Carter, Ricki Lake, Deborah Gibson, the Beatles tribute band Beatlemania and The Honey Brothers featuring Adrian Grenier.
As the younger generations grow in the new age of the technological communication and media saturation, the non-profit world must revolutionize a way to be heard. MOMMS Foundation was established to be their voice. MOMMS’ mission is to engage a new breed of young philanthropists by raising awareness about worthy causes, connecting like-minded, socially responsible people, and being the central platform to the public for all non-for profit organizations. We serve as an agency that strategically works with brands that want to do more and find creative solutions to integrate not- for profit companies to build awareness and work wit the to make a difference in the community and make differences in peoples lives By bringing these non-profit organizations to the forefront of entertainment with creative marketing, events, mixed media, and using all the tools that speak directly with today’s young students to young working professionals.
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