Make-A-Wish Gala

Save the Date for the 2015 Make-A-Wish Gala: April 11, 2015

  • 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.

The 2014 Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island Gala

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-Wish 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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PREMIER SPONSORS

PWC     Weil
Josh and Anita Bekenstein
Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine

Drew Lawton and Jill Royster

 
STAR SPONSORS

HSBC: The world's local bank
KraftGroup    NYLife

Stephanie and John Connaughton
Paul and Sandy Edgerly
Michael A. Krupka and Ms. Anne C. Kubik
Judy and Steve Pagliuca


WISH PARTNER SPONSORS
Missie and Chip Bankes
Nicole and Philip Haughey
The Herman Family
Putnam Investments
The Ribatt Family
Timothy O'Connell Foundation


WISH FRIEND SPONSORS
The Paglia Family  |   Randstad Technologies  
Andrew and Melissa Rees  |  Wheels for Wishes  |  Zurich


IN-KIND SPONSORS

A.M. DePrisco Wellesley  |  Flagship Press  |  Party Favors  |  Winston Flowers



2014 Make-A-Wish Gala Committee

Lori Nelson, Committee Chair
Christina Adams
Drew Davis
Denise Duffy
Elizabeth Eromin
Jackie Finkelstein
Jennifer Flynn
Laurie Flynn
Victoria A. Goldberg
Kristine Hoag
Matthew Nagler
Joanne O’Connell
Tannaz Saponaro
Evelyn Schneider
Danielle Shagoury
Juliana Taymor
Cheryl Wilkinson
Molly Rappoli


  • 2013 Wish Hero Award recipient Steve Barnes, second from right, with (counterclockwise from Steve) Greg Gailius, Make-A-Wish Board of Directors Chair; Charlotte Beattie, Make-A-Wish CEO; and wish children and twin sisters Athena and Alexa.

  • Left to right: Make-A-Wish CEO Charlotte Beattie; wish recipient Tyler; and Deborah Barnes, wife of the evening's honoree, Steve Barnes.

  • Left to right: Lori Nelson, Board member and 2013 Gala Committee Chair; Cheryl Wilkinson, Board member; and Steve Stelljes, Cheryl's husband. Photo courtesy of Erica Ferrone.

  • 2013 Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island Gala

  • Right to left: Greg Gailius, Chair, Make-A-Wish Board of Directors; Liz Brunner, Master of Ceremonies from WCVB-TV Channel 5; Craig Stockmal, Liz's husband; and Loretta Gailius, Greg's wife.

  • Left to right: Andy Fligor; Marsha and Patrick Ahearn; Leslye Fligor.

  • Wish recipient Morgan

Photos from the 2013 Make-A-Wish Gala

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