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Make-A-Wish Golf Tournament

  • Wish recipient Alex, whose wish to play at PGA National in Florida was granted this spring, helped kick off the event and played in the tournament along with his father, Shawn. (Photo credit: Jennifer Russo)

  • Honorary Board member, Golf Tournament Committee member, and 15+ year tournament sponsor Bill Whelan (fourth from left), with his two foursomes.

  • We were pleased to welcome Bob Halloran (far right), sports anchor and reporter at WCVB-TV Channel 5, as our emcee as we celebrated 25 years of golf and giving.

  • Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island board chair and Golf Tournament Committee member Bob Paglia (second from right) and his foursome.

  • Presenting Sponsor John Hayes of Great Hill Partners (second from left) with the Great Hills Partners foursome. John has been supporting the tournament for 20 years, including 10 years as Presenting Sponsor.

  • John Terrio from Auction Knights was honored for his passionate commitment to our wish children and families. John has been auctioneer for the Make-A-Wish Golf Tournament since its early years, in addition to serving as a member of and as chair of the Golf Tournament Committee over the years. John is pictured with Make-A-Wish staff members (left to right) Jo-Anne Spillane, Vice President, Corporate Alliances and Events, and Charlotte Beattie, CEO.

  • Wish recipients Dante, who wished to meet New England Patriots player Julian Edelman, and Sheila, who wished to cook with chef Gordon Ramsay, helped hand out golfer gifts at the event.

  • During the evening program, wish mom Raven Register and her son Stephen shared the story of his wish to be a Boston Celtics player. Pictured along with them are Stephen’s sisters, Fiona and Bridget, and his service dog, Root Bear.

  • Steve Grogan (far right), former New England Patriots quarterback, joined us for the day.

  • First place tournament winners, who played in the Korn Ferry foursome sponsored by longtime tournament support Bob Sullivan (second from right), with Make-A-Wish Golf Tournament Committee Chair and Honorary Board member Greg Gailus (far left).

Twenty-Five Years of Teeing Up to Make Wishes Come True

On June 10, over 100 golfers joined us for a beautiful day at  Salem Country Club to support Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island in its 30th anniversary year and to celebrate the tournament’s silver anniversary. 

More than 500 wishes have been granted through funds raised over the course of the tournament’s history. The 2017 event highlighted the power of each and every one of those wishes, from remarks by wish recipient Alex about how much it meant to him to play at PGA National in Florida to wish mom Raven’s message that her son Stephen’s wish to be a Boston Celtics player was “the best day of his life!”

During the evening’s program, we were pleased to present longtime auctioneer John Terrio with special recognition for his key role in the success of the tournament over the years.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters , including Presenting Sponsor John Hayes of Great Hill Partners and all of our tournament sponsors, as well as our event committee, participants, in-kind donors, and volunteers, over $220,000 was raised – enough to grant the wishes of nearly 30 seriously ill children!

Photos courtesy of Michelle Lundquist

® Massachusetts and Rhode Island Events

2017 Make-A-Wish Golf Outings

May 15, 2017 | Rhode Island Country Club
Barrington, RI

June 26, 2017 | Springfield Country Club
Springfield, MA

July 10, 2017 | Salem Country Club
Peabody, MA 

Wine and Wishes
Autumn 2017

Evening of Wishes Dinner
November 4, 2017 | Providence, Rhode Island

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