A Powerful Evening Celebrating Hope, Strength, and Joy!
We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all our friends and supporters who helped make the 2016 Make-A-Wish Gala, “Where Wishes Empower,” a success! A special thank you to our Presenting Sponsors, Steve and Deborah Barnes together with Bain Capital Community Partnership, and The Nelson Family Foundation for their tremendous generosity.
The 11th annual event, held on April 9, 2016, at the InterContinental Boston, drew nearly 500 guests to enjoy an evening of celebration featuring wish recipients, wish parents, and wish granters who shared how wishes can inspire, elevate, and empower a child – and a community. Liz Brunner, president of Brunner Communications, returned as emcee for an inspiring evening featuring stories of empowerment and joy from wish recipients and wish parents. The night began with wish child Maleah, age 7, strutting her stuff on the runway as part of her wish to be a model. Guests were also treated to a surprise wish reveal for wish recipient DJ whose wish for a pair of collectible Nike Air MAG sneakers – the ones worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future – was granted on stage, complete with a personalized note from the shoe’s designer and a surprise video message from the actor himself, Michael J. Fox.
The heartwarming evening raised over $1 million to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. We thank all of our sponsors, participants, guests, volunteers, and other supporters for joining us and helping to empower our wish children in the coming months!
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Photos by Michael Blanchard Photography
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Steve and Deborah Barnes
The Nelson Family Foundation
Josh and Anita Bekenstein
Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine
Wish Star Sponsors
John and Stephanie Connaughton
Paul and Sandy Edgerley
Michael A. Krupka and Dr. Anne C. Kubik
The Paglia Family
Steve and Judy Pagliuca
Wish Partner Sponsors
BayBoston Managers LLC | Burke Distributing Corporation
The Herman Family | Drew Lawton and Jill Royster
L.E.K. Consulting | The Timothy O’Connell Foundation
Putnam Investments | Randstad Technologies
Andrew and Melissa Rees | The Ribatt Family | Richard P. Ryan
Suffolk Construction | The TJX Companies, Inc.
The 2016 Make-A-Wish Gala Committee
Cheryl Wilkinson, The Colony Group
Victoria A. Goldberg, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Christina Adams, Converse
Kristan Fletcher, Brunner Communications
Laurie Flynn, Beacon Hill Legal
Rohini Gupta, Natixis Global Asset Management
Jessica Levine, Karmory LLC
Matt Nagler, BANK W Holdings, LLC / The Nagler Group
Kellie Sahagian, Sephora Beauty Adivsor
Tannaz Saponaro, Verrill Dana LLP
Christen Smith, Zurich North America
Eric Vaden, Karmory LLC