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Rhode Island Golf Tournament

  • Averie, 4, whose wish to go to Walt Disney World® Resort was granted in April, helped kick off the tournament along with her father, Keith, who spoke about the impact of his daughter’s wish.

  • Tournament chair and a member of our Rhode Island Advisory Council Joe Perroni, from Delta Dental of Rhode Island - an Eagle Sponsor of the tournament - kicks off the event

  • A thumbs up from golfer Ed Brady, sponsored by Say Cheese, as golfers head onto the course

  • Averie kept golfers' spirits up under cloudy skies

  • A foursome from Textron, lead sponsor of the tournament. Left to right: Eddie Coupe, Jayne Donegan, Erik Carleton, and Lyn Andersen

  • Bill Loehning (far right), Make-A-Wish board member, chair of our Rhode Island Advisory Council, member of the tournament committee, and Eagle Sponsor, with his teammates

  • Eagle Sponsor Doris Loehning, second from left, with her teammates

  • Golfers from Trusted Choice | Independent Insurance Agents of Rhode Island, an Eagle Sponsor of the tournament

  • Board member Jay Mattie, far left, with fellow golfers from foursome sponsor PricewaterhouseCoopers

  • Paul Tierney (far left), Rhode Island Advisory Council member, with fellow golfers from foursome sponsor Bentley Builders

  • (Left to right) Dan Balkun of Balkun Title & Closing, a snack hole sponsor; Don Parsons, tournament committee member from foursome sponsor Anytime Realty; and Matt Resnick from Home Point Financial, also a snack hole sponsor

  • Emcee and Rhode Island Advisory Council member Michelle Muscatello from WPRI-TV Channel 12, one of the event's media sponsors

  • Board chair Bob Paglia, CEO Charlotte Beattie, and 2009 wish recipient and guest speaker Aaron Joseph, who shared his wish experience of throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park

  • The sun sets over the course

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, May 14, 2018

In its first year, the Make-A-Wish® Golf Tournament at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington set the course for future wishes!

On Monday, May 15, 130 participants enjoyed golfing at one of Rhode Island’s premier courses along beautiful Narragansett Bay. The sold-out tournament brought together top business and philanthropic leaders from the region to support the Make-A-Wish mission during the 30th anniversary year of Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

After a round of friendly competition on the course, golfers enjoyed a cocktail reception followed by a dinner program emceed by Michelle Muscatello from WPRI-TV Channel 12. The evening concluded with a fantastic show of generosity as tournament participants together contributed enough through Fund-A-Wish to grant the wishes of two Rhode Island children!

A heartfelt thank you to all of our generous supporters and in particular, to major sponsors Textron, Delta Dental of Rhode Island, Trusted Choice | Independent Insurance Agents of Rhode Island, and Bill and Doris Loehning of Barrington. We are also grateful to our tournament committee members, program participants, event volunteers, media sponsors WPRI-TV and Cat Country 98.1, and in-kind donors, all of whom contributed to the event’s success. This inaugural tournament raised more than $120,000 to grant wishes for seriously ill children in Rhode Island!

Photos courtesy of Jenan Issa

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Thank you to our 2017 sponsors



Bill and Doris Loehning

Delta Dental  |  Trusted Choice    


Anytime Realty
Arlen Corporation
Bentley Builders
Bristol Macaroni
Customers Bank
East Bay Autobody
Electric Boat
Freedom Mortgage
Jackson National Insurance
MS Walker
Say Cheese
Starkweather & Shepley
The Wall Group
Tufts Health Plan




University Orthopedics


Balkun Title and Closing
Home Point Financial

WPRI-TV |  Cat Country 98.1

Thank you to our Tournament Committee

Committee Chair
Joe Perroni, Delta Dental of Rhode Island

Committee Members
Bill Loehning*, Barrington, RI
Bolt LaMotte, Barrington, RI
Robert Jameison, Fidelity Investments
Don Parsons, Anytime Realty
Derek Wallen, Fidelity Investments

*Member, Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island Board of Directors and Chair, Rhode Island Advisory Council
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