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Make-A-Wish Gala

The 10th Annual Make-A-Wish Gala

Experience the magic through an evening of wonder and wishes!


The 2015 Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts
and Rhode Island Gala: Where Magic Begins

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
InterContinental Boston
510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts

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Master of Ceremonies: Liz Brunner, Brunner Communications
Special Guest: Landon Swank, World-Renowned Magician
Auctioneer: John Terrio, Auction Knights

Cocktail Reception | Dinner Program
Live and Silent Auction | Diamond Raffle
Cocktail Attire ~ Valet Parking Only

Your support through the Make-A-Wish Gala will help bring hope, strength, and joy to hundreds of medically eligible children in the coming year through the granting of their wishes.   



The 2015 Make-A-Wish Gala: Where Magic Begins

The 2015 Make-A-Wish Gala: Where Magic Begins

Sponsorship & In-Kind Support Opportunities


Presenting Sponsor - $50,000
Premier Sponsor - $25,000 | Wish Star - $15,000
Wish Partner - $10,000 | Wish Friend - $7,500
Table Host - $5,000

Individual tickets are $750 per person.
For further information on the event, please contact:

Katherine Layton
, 617.367.9474,

A Look Back at the 2014 Make-A-Wish Gala

  • Mayor Martin J. Walsh, mayor of Boston, with wish children Sammuel (left) and Fred, his honorary security detail.

  • 2014 Community Spirit Award recipient Linda Groves (center) with board chairman Greg Gailius and CEO Charlotte Beattie.

  • Liz Brunner has emceed the Gala since its inception nine years ago.

  • Wish mom Brenda Haynes honored the memory of her son, Rayquan, by sharing the story of his wish to meet the rapper T.I.

  • Phunk Phenomenon's hip hop dance performance was dedicated to Rayquan and all of our wish children.

  • Wish child Izzy, center, shared her talents developed through her wish for guitar lessons at Berklee College of Music. Her mother, Lorraine Barr, also spoke about Izzy's wish.

  • Wish child Celia with her parents, Larry and Anita LaBarbera. Anita shared her reflections on Celia's wish to go horseback riding at a dude ranch.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our friends and supporters who helped make the 2014 Make-A-Wish® Gala an incredible night. In particular, we thank Presenting Sponsors Steve and Deborah Barnes, the Nelson Family Foundation, and MFS Investment Management.

The event, held on April 12 at the InterContinental Boston, drew close to 500 guests to enjoy performances and presentations by our wish children and their families. Liz Brunner, formerly of WCVB-TV NewsCenter 5 and now president of Brunner Communications, served as emcee and Mayor Martin J. Walsh, mayor of Boston, shared his reflections on the impact of childhood illness and the importance of the Make-A-Wish mission.

During the program, the Make-A-W

ish Massachusetts and Rhode Island Community Spirit Award was presented to Linda Groves, of Bingham McCutchen and Groves Law, in recognition of her significant contributions

of time and talent to our organization as legal counsel for nearly 30 years.

The 2014 Make-A-Wish Gala raised $950,000, which will grant the wishes of over 100 seriously ill children in our community in the coming year! 

Photos by Ryan Stranz, Michael Blanchard Photography

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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