Miami, FL (PRWEB) November 08, 2013
On Saturday, November 2nd, THE COLLECTION, Miami's foremost luxury automotive dealership, was proud to sponsor The 19th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish-Ball, the "can't miss" event of South Florida's social scene. This year’s Ball raised $2,020,421 for Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, all to grant the heartfelt wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Transformed into a Vaudevillian sideshow, THE COLLECTION added to the décor by stationing Maserati vehicles throughout the venue.
This premier event featured dinner, drinks, dancing and the chance to bid on fantasy items and experiences in the famed Live & Silent Auctions. This year, Gabrielle Anwar of USA Network’s “Burn Notice” returned as the Celebrity Auctioneer. THE COLLECTION’s 2014 Maserati Ghibli was one of the most talked about auction items. The yet-to-be released luxury sports sedan sold for $92,000 in the LIVE auction – $18,000 over list price and all to benefit Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida. To close the evening, Grammy nominated singer, Adam Lambert gave a captivating performance.
“I have attended the InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball for over fifteen years now. It is one of my favorite events and causes to support,” said Ken Gorin, President and CEO of THE COLLECTION. Gorin added, “I was delighted to donate a Maserati Ghibli for the auction. This is Maserati’s newest model, a new mid-size sedan for the iconic Italian sports-car maker. The Ghibli will make Maserati far more accessible than it is today.”
The new Maserati Ghibli is a unique combination of style, sporty handling and comfort, designed tomake driving a special car an everyday sensation. The spacious, minimalist interior is embellished with choice materials that set the Ghibli apart from other cars in the sedan segment. The models inthe Maserati Ghibli range are driven by innovative twin turboV6 engines with up to 404 hp, a sporty soul and unmistakable sound – which, combined with rear-wheel drive, or the Q4 AWD and other high-tech features, deliver all the driving pleasure for which Maserati is synonymous.
Celebrating 30 years of wishes, Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In its 19-year history, the InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball has raised in excess of $14.3 million. With these much needed funds, the Foundation has been able to grant more than 3,000 wishes for deserving children in our community. Past VIP guests of the Ball have included Gabrielle Anwar, Adam Lambert, 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 http://www.icmiamihotel.com/
Maserati produces a full line of two and four door models legendary for their spacious handcrafted luxury, thoroughbred performance and everyday usability. In 2013, Maserati introduced an all new full-size Quattroporte and the mid-size Ghibli sport sedan. The flagship Quattroporte GTS leads the charge with a 523 HP twin turbo V8 while both the Ghibli and Quattroporte are available with All-Wheel-Drive, a competition bred twin-turbo 404 HP V6 and an adaptive 8 speed automatic transmission. The two door GranTurismo line continues with several variants of coupes and convertibles which combine elegance and comfort for four adults, with a six speed automatic transmission to keep the legendary Maserati performance and exhaust note close at hand. Maserati automobiles and merchandise can be found at retailers across North America. Information on Maserati can be found at http://www.maserati.us, 1-800- My-Maserati or for press information http://www.media.maserati.com.
ABOUT THE COLLECTION:
On the corner of Bird Road and Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables stands Florida’s definitive luxury automobile destination, THE COLLECTION. President and CEO, Ken Gorin, a 36-year industry veteran in the exotic and luxury automobile business has built a world-class destination housing the globe’s most celebrated automotive brands: Porsche; Audi; Ferrari; Maserati; Aston Martin; Jaguar and McLaren. THE COLLECTION’s success is credited to outstanding service, exceeding customer expectations and to a staff that treats customers like members of their family.
THE COLLECTION’s facilities include a state-of-the-art service department, parts facility, and boutique to outfit today’s high performance enthusiast. In October 2010, The Collection proudly inked a deal with seven-time NBA All-Star, 2010 NBA All-Star MVP and back-to-back 2012 and 2013 NBA Miami HEAT Champion, Dwyane Wade. As South Florida’s hometown hero, Wade helped lead the Miami Heat to their first NBA Championship in franchise history and the 2011 Eastern Conference Championship. He is now teamed up with THE COLLECTION as the face of the brand. To experience The COLLECTION, call 305.444.5555, or visit http://www.thecollection.com.