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Evening of Wishes Dinner

A Look Back at Our 2017 Evening of Wishes Dinner

Thank you to all of our friends and supporters who supported our Evening of Wishes Dinner on November 4, 2017, at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, RI.

  • Violet Link, age three, and her family thank the audience for her wish-come-true.

  • Emcee Michelle Muscatello from WPRI Channel 12 and also a member of our Rhode Island Advisory Council.

  • Wish recipient Nicholas, pictured with his parents, shared highlights on stage from his wish to meet Tom Brady.

  • Nunes Brothers Strings, featuring 1999 wish recipient Tim (left) and his brother Adam, performed during our cocktail reception.

  • Wish parent Lynne Vaudry spoke about the impact of her son Evan's wish for a log cabin playhouse.

  • Guests wrote letters to fill Evan's mailbox at his log cabin playhouse!

  • Make-A-Wish CEO Charlotte Beattie and Board Chair Jay Mattie.

  • Rhode Island Advisory Council Chair Bill Loehning, who was also our Evening of Wishes Presenting Sponsor along with his wife, Doris.

  • The Evening of Wishes live auction gets underway with auctioneer John Terrio from Auction Knights.

View our featured Evening of Wishes videos

Nearly 250 attendees joined us for this inspiring evening, emceed by WPRI meteorologist Michelle Muscatello. The event, featuring the stories of area wish recipients and their families, raised over $235,000, to grant wishes for 29 children with life-threatening illnesses in Rhode Island.


The event celebrated our organization’s 30th anniversary, highlighting the enduring impact of a wish through video and speakers, including 1999 wish recipient Tim Nunes, who is now a wish granter (scroll down for video). Wish mom Lynne Vaudry shared the story of her son Evan’s wish for an accessible log cabin playhouse, and wish dad Michael Link reflected on his daughter Violet’s wish trip to Walt Disney World® Resort. The evening also included a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and musical entertainment provided by Tim and his brother, Adam.

We are grateful to all of our sponsors and in particular, to our Presenting Sponsor Bill and Doris Loehning; our Strength Sponsors  Delta Dental, The Donnelly Family Fund, Panasonic, and Shepherd Kaplan; and our Joy Sponsors Bentley Builders and Swarovski . To all of our donors, program participants, guests, event committee members, and volunteers, thank you for your support of the 2017 Make-A-Wish Evening of Wishes Dinner. Together, we’ll bring hope, strength, and joy to seriously ill children through the granting of their heartfelt wishes! 

View our featured videos from Evening of Wishes:


Watch this short video to learn how your support
 helps children like Violet, who joined us for our Evening of Wishes Dinner:


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Thank You to Our
Evening of Wishes Sponsors!

We hope to see you at our Evening of Wishes Dinner!

We hope to see you at our Evening of Wishes Dinner!

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