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A Toast to Wine and Wishes

  • Wish family participants with special guest Matt Light, former New England Patriots player, and emcee Vanessa Welch from Fox25 News

  • Wish child Gabriel with special guest Matt Light and emcee Vanessa Welch

  • The Wine and Wishes Committee

  • Frank Mancini, Esq., President and CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA), Presenting Sponsor of Wine and Wishes along with Trusted Choice and the Young Agents Committee of MAIA, and his wife Anna Maria Mancini

  • Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island CEO Charlotte Beattie (right) with Amy Lussier, wish sibling and Wine and Wishes Committee member

  • Emcee Vanessa Welch and Wine and Wishes Committee co-chair Paul Grossman

  • Wine and Wishes 2016

  • Wine and Wishes 2016

With $90,000 raised – enough to grant 11 wishes – Wine and Wishes 2016 was the most successful yet in the event’s four-year history! On October 14, 2016, the spirited evening drew over 300 Boston-area professionals to the UMass Club on Beacon Hill for a taste of the Make-A-Wish mission as they sampled a variety of fine wines and whiskeys.  Our Wish Wall, wine pull, raffle, and silent and live auctions added to the excitement of the evening.  Wish children Gabriel and Brooklyn were among our honored guests, as well as wish dad Paul Blaney, who shared the inspiring story of his son Connor’s wish to have a treehouse.

A heartfelt thank you to Wine and Wishes emcee Vanessa Welch of Fox25 News and special guest Matt Light, former New England Patriots player and our event auctioneer, as well as our generous tasting partners and all of our wish family participants, event committee members, in-kind partners, event volunteers, and guests. The evening was generously sponsored by Trusted Choice and the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA) Young Agents Committee, along with John Hancock Investments, Weil Gotshal & Manges, the Boston Bruins Foundation, and many additional corporate sponsors and tasting partners. Cheers and thank you to everyone who came together to enrich the lives of seriously ill children through the hope, strength, and joy of a wish come true!
Photos courtesy of John Giery

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For details about Wine and Wishes 2017 as available, please contact Jo-Anne Spillane at 617.367.9474 or

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