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PHOTOS — Dreams Come True At The Make-A-Wish Gala With Lenny Kravitz And Snoop Dogg!


PHOTOS — Dreams Come True At The Make-A-Wish Gala With Lenny Kravitz And Snoop Dogg!

Shareef Malnik, his wife Gabrielle Anwar and Lenny Kravitz

Ball organizer Shareef Malnik; his wife, actress Gabrielle Anwar and Lenny Kravitz (World Red Eye photo)

MIAMI — It’s that time of year.

Social season, a steady stream of charity wingdings and shindigs designed to keep society belles and beaux occupied until April, kicked off in earnest over the weekend with the 23rd annual Make-a-Wish Ball.

And, as always, the charity fundraiser organized by Shareef Malnik, the owner of The Forge restaurant in Miami Beach, InterContinental Miami General Manager Robert Hill and local Make-A-Wish CEO Norman Wedderburn featured two of music’s heavy-hitter.

Former local resident and legendary rocker Lenny Kravitz entertained the 900 or so guests in the grand ballroom of the downtown Miami InterContinental with a steady stream of his classic stuff, including American Woman, Fly Away and Mr. Cab Driver.

Kravitz, 53, and his eight-piece band gave the $1,500-a-plate crowd its money’s worth and were called back to the stage twice.

The after-party, meanwhile, featured another legend, rapper Snoop Dogg.

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Snoop Dogg was the DJ for the after party! (World Red Eye photo)

The artist formerly known as Snoop Lion spent nearly two hours spinning in a makeshift DJ booth next to the hotel’s ballroom. And the beauty of it: Since it was sponsored by nightclub E11Even Miami, Snoop’s presence didn’t cost organizers a dime.

Spotted in the crowd: Actress Gabrielle Anwar, the Burn Notice alumnus who co-stars in the ABC drama Once Upon a Time; Today show sportscaster Jill Martin; The Voice winner Alisan Porter; former Playboy model and Real Housewives of Miami star Lisa Hochstein, “Real Housewives of Miami” star; jewelry designer Orianne Collins, who came without former-husband-turned-current-boyfriend Phil Collins; and Miami mayor wannabe Francis Suarez.

When the smoke cleared in the wee hours Sunday, Make-A-Wish was set to receive more than $2.3 MILLION raised at the event, making the one of South Florida’s richest one-night-only charity fundraisers.

The non-profit grants $5,000 wishes to children with serious illnesses, often trips to far flung places and out-of-the-ordinary activities.

To see what you missed, check out Mike Jachles’ photo gallery below:

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