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Make-A-Wish Gala

The 2015 Make-A-Wish 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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 Make-A-Wish Gala

We extend our sincerest gratitude to our friends and supporters who helped make our 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 event, held on April 11 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.

Generosity filled the air, as this milestone celebration raised over $900,000, marking more than 1,100 wishes the Gala has made possible for seriously ill children 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

2015 Make-A-Wish Gala Committee

Committee Chair
Lori Nelson, Member, Board of Directors

Committee Members

Christina Adams, Converse
Anna Bjorn, Karmory 
Denise Duffy, The Colony Group 
Kristan Fletcher, Brunner Communications 
Jennifer Flynn, Boston Red Sox / Member, Board of Directors 
Laurie Flynn, Beacon Hill Staffing Group 
Ro Gupta, Natixis Global Asset Management 
Victoria Goldberg, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 
Kristine Hoag, Dorchester, Massachusetts 
William Montague, Boston Private Bank & Trust Company 
Matt Nagler, BANK W Holdings LLC / The Nagler Group 
Joanne O’Connell, Holliston, Massachusetts 
Tannaz Saponaro, Verrill Dana LLP 
Eric Vaden, Karmory 
Cheryl Wilkinson, The Colony Group / Member, Board of Directors

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