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Make-A-Wish Gala

The 2016 Make-A-Wish Gala

Save the Date: April 9, 2016 | InterContinental Boston

  • 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