We asked Make-A-Wish supporters: What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida hosted a preview to its annual Gala, where INDULGE asked guests about the best gifts they've ever gotten. Photograph by Manny Hernandez.

WHAT: Make-A-Wish Southern Florida built excitement for its 24th Annual Ball with a VIP Kickoff party and a reveal of the gala’s theme: Summer of Love.

WHERE: In-kind donor The InterContinental Miami, a longtime supporter and host venue of the Ball, welcomed Make-A-Wish for the preview night.

WHO: Shareef Malnik, Gala Chair of the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball and proprietor of The Forge; Robert Hill, Gala Host and General Manager of The InterContinental Miami; and Norm Wedderburn, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida — the trio affectionately known as the Three Amigos — served as hosts for the evening.

WHY: Make-A-Wish Southern Florida has granted more than 11,000 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The annual Ball, this year on November 3, plays a major role in raising funds for those efforts.

What’s the Best Gift You’ve Ever Received?

“Walkie-Talkies, in 1973.” Norm Wedderburn (left).
“On January 31, 2010, I met my wife, Gabrielle Anwar. That was the best gift ever.” Shareef Malnik (center).
“A trip to the Amalfi Coast with my family.” Robert Hill (right). Photograph by Manny Hernandez.


“My kids.” Judge Bronwyn Miller. Photograph by Manny Hernandez.INDULGE


“My boss gave me an Olympic torch from the 1996 Atlanta Games.” Manny Ruiz, right, with Todd Rubenstein and Danielle Gonzalez. Photograph by Manny Hernandez.INDULGE


“My wife.” Jonathan Babicka.
“My kids.” Missy Babicka. Photograph by Manny Hernandez.


“A tan Volkswagen Rabbit with a fuzzy pink steering wheel.” Adele Harrington.
“Cards Against Humanity.” Eric Harrington. Photograph by Manny Hernandez.


“Him.” Victoria Rafaeli.
“Her.” Joel Delgado. Photograph by Manny Hernandez.


“A photo album from my daughter with a lifetime of memories.” Sandy Alfano, with Andrew Alfano. Photograph by Manny Hernandez.INDULGE


“Genuine kindness.” Stephanie Alonso. Photograph by Manny Hernandez.INDULGE


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