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Make-A-Wish Gala

The 2016 Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island Gala

April 9, 2016 | InterContinental Boston

Gala 2016 Save the Date

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Join us for an evening in celebration of the Make-A-Wish mission at The 2016 Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island Gala on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the luxurious InterContinental on Boston’s waterfront.

The evening, emceed by Liz Brunner, is our signature annual fundraiser, helping to fund more than 130 wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions in our community.

Join us as we share our mission and powerful stories of the children and families who have been touched by a life-changing wish experience with an evening featuring a festive cocktail reception, lively auctions, a sit-down dinner with an inspirational mission-based program, and an afterglow reception with live music. The 2016 Make-A-Wish Gala will be as memorable as it is worthwhile.

Support through The 2016 Make-A-Wish Gala will bring hope, strength, and joy to seriously ill children through the granting of their wishes in the coming year!   

2016 Gala Save-the-Date
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2016 Gala Sponsorship and In-Kind Donation Opportunities
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The 2016 Make-A-Wish Gala Committee

Committee Chair
Cheryl Wilkinson, The Colony Group

Committee Clerk 
Victoria A. Goldberg, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Committee Members

Christina Adams, Converse
Kristan Fletcher, Brunner Communications
Laurie Flynn, Beacon Hill Legal
Rohini Gupta, Natixis Global Asset Management
Kristine Hoag
Jessica Levine, Karmory LLC
Matt Nagler, BANK W Holdings, LLC / The Nagler Group
Joanne O'Connell
Faye Sahagian
Kellie Sahagian, Sephora Beauty Adivsor
Tannaz Saponaro, Verrill Dana LLP
Eric Vaden, Karmory LLC

A Look Back at the 2015 Gala

  • Wish child Abby poses with emcee Liz Brunner, wish granter Chef Duff Goldman, and Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island CEO Charlotte Beattie.

  • Emcee Liz Brunner opens the Gala with wish child magicians David, Ethan, Caeden, and Cedric.

  • Wish recipient Isis shares the magic of her wish to have a fairy tale Quinceanera party.

  • Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chairman of the Board, Bob Paglia thanks supporters.

  • Wish recipient Luke and his mom reunite with Luke’s wish granter, Bass 2 Billfish host Peter Miller.

  • Emcee Liz Brunner interviews wish recipient Abby and her wish granter, Chef Duff Goldman, on stage.

  • Master illusionist Landon Swank wows the crowd with magic tricks.

  • Wish granter Landon Swank and his wife, Harmony (center) with wish mom, Michelle and wish sibling, Allison commemorated Libby’s wish to meet Landon in 2013.

Your Support Created Magic 
at the 2015 Make-A-Wish Gala

We extend our sincerest gratitude to our friends and supporters who helped make our 2015 Make-A-Wish® Gala an inspiring evening! In particular, we thank Steve and Deborah Barnes together with the Bain Capital Community Partnership, and The Nelson Family Foundation for their generous support as Presenting Sponsors.

The 10th annual event, held on April 11, 2015, at the InterContinental Boston with the theme of “Where Magic Begins,” drew more than 500 guests to enjoy a celebratory evening of wish stories and entertainment as they were introduced to wish children, their families, and several special guests. Liz Brunner, president of Brunner Communications, continued her tradition of serving as Gala emcee, kicking off the night with our wish children magicians. The program featured Chef Duff Goldman of Food Network fame; Peter Miller, professional angler and host of Bass 2 Billfish; and master illusionist Landon Swank – all of whom celebrated the magic a wish can bring into the life of a child and reflected on their experiences as wish granters. View more event photos

Generosity filled the air, and including proceeds from this year’s milestone celebration, more than 1,100 wishes have been made possible through the Gala in its 10-year history. We thank all of our sponsors, guests, participants, event volunteers, and other supporters for joining us as “magic makers,” helping to raise funds to create joy for our wish children in the coming months!

Photos by Michael Blanchard Photography

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2015 Major Sponsors

2015 Major Sponsors

Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island
One Bulfinch Place, 2nd Floor

Boston, MA 02114
(617) 367-9474
Back Line (617) 367-0739
Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island, West Springfield Office
181 Park Avenue
Suite 12
West Springfield, MA 01089
(413) 733-9474

Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Providence Office
20 Hemingway Drive
East Providence, RI 02915
(401) 781-9474