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The 30th Anniversary Make-A-Wish Gala: A Grand Slam for Wishes

  • Red Sox wish recipients (back row, L to R) Tyler, Jordan, Obier, (front row, L to R) Joe, and Philip helped kick off the evening program by sharing memories from their wishes

  • Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island CEO Charlotte Beattie

  • Tom Werner, Red Sox Chairman (center), represented our 30th Anniversary Honoree, the Boston Red Sox, as Make-A-Wish board chair Bob Paglia (right) and 2009 Red Sox wish recipient Aaron Joseph presented the award

  • Special guests representing our 30th Anniversary Honoree, the Boston Red Sox (L to R): Tim Wakefield, pitching legend and Honorary Chairman of the Red Sox Foundation; Sam Kennedy, Team President; and Tom Werner, Red Sox Chairman

  • Krish, 2017 wish recipient, shares highlights from his wish with emcee Liz Brunner

  • 2007 wish recipient Gracie (left) and 2012 wish recipient Morgan gave a moving vocal performance that they dedicated to all wish children

  • As the evening wound down, guests were surprised with a visit from Patriots player LeGarrette Blount

Our Make-A-Wish community truly hit it out of the park through the 30th Anniversary Make-A-Wish Gala: Where Every Wish is a Home Run. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the event – held on April 8 at the InterContinental Boston – raised over $1 million for wishes! On behalf of the 100+ wish children in Massachusetts and Rhode Island whose heartfelt wishes will be granted with these funds, thank you to all of our gala sponsors, attendees, in-kind supporters, committee members, volunteers, and program participants for coming together in support of the Make-A-Wish mission. We extend special thanks to our Presenting Sponsors, Steven and Deborah Barnes and the Bain Capital Community Partnership.

Our evening program included recognition of the Boston Red Sox as our 30th Anniversary Honoree, with Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner accepting the award and special guests Sam Kennedy, Team President, and pitching legend and Honorary Chairman of the Red Sox Foundation, Tim Wakefield.

CEO Charlotte Beattie shared key updates about our organization and its growth, as well as gratitude for many long-standing supporters of the gala. Board chair Bob Paglia recognized key event sponsors and leaders of our organization, as well as our 30th Anniversary Honoree, the Boston Red Sox. Emcee and Make-A-Wish board member Liz Brunner introduced the audience to past Red Sox wish recipients Aaron, Jordan, Joe, Obier, Philip, and Tyler; siblings and wish recipients Rachael, Abby, and JoshMorgan and Gracie, who gave an inspiring vocal performance dedicated to all wish kids; and Grace, who was surprised on-stage with a visit from her friend and fellow wish child Megan, from Nevada. Guest speakers included Joe Baker, father of three wish recipients, and Tiffany Rowe, a 28-year Make-A-Wish volunteer and wish recipient, who reflected on the lasting impact of her 1988 wish. 

Through stories, music, surprises, and more, the 30th Anniversary Make-A-Wish Gala was a memorable evening that celebrated our 30-year history and helped to set the course for our future!

Photos above by Michael Blanchard Photography

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30th Anniversary Honoree: The Boston Red Sox

Championing our mission for children across the country and around the world, the Boston Red Sox are in a league of their own. It is our distinct honor to recognize the Boston Red Sox at the 2017 Make-A-Wish Gala for their extraordinary partnership in transforming the lives of our wish children.

Children on dugout bench


Thank you to all of our 2017 Gala Sponsors

PRESENTING SPONSOR



PREMIER WISH SPONSORS

 
Josh and Anita Bekenstein
 Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine


WISH STAR SPONSORS


John and Stephanie Connaughton
Paul and Sandy Edgerley
The Kraft Family
Michael A. Krupka and Dr. Anne C. Kubik
The Nelson Family Foundation
The Paglia Family
Steve and Judy Pagliuca
 

WISH PARTNER SPONSORS


Michael and Diane Christian
Hal and Jodi Hess / Dave and Katie Grosek
Russell and Elaine Keene
Sharon I. Lewis / Bernstein Wealth Management
The Mannion Family
The Rees Family
The Ribatt Family
William J. Whelan / Brown Brothers Harriman
Cheryl Wilkinson / The Colony Group


2017 Gala Committee

Committee Chair
Cheryl Wilkinson, The Colony Group LLC

Committee Members
Christina Adams, Converse
Kristan Fletcher, Brunner Communications
Laurie Flynn, Beacon Hill Legal
Victoria A. Goldberg, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Kristine Hoag, Dorchester, Massachusetts
Matt Nagler, BANK W Holdings LLC  / The Nagler Group
Elizabeth Noonan, The Colony Group LLC
Joanne O'Connell, Holliston, Massachusetts
Courtney Pirosko, AIS-Inc.
Faye Sahagian, Bolton, Massachusetts
Kellie F Sahagian, Universal Studios Orlando Special Events 
Tannaz Saponaro, Verrill Dana LLP
Christen Smith Funsch, Zurich North America
Eric Vaden, Karmory LLC
Amy Waryas, Boson Red Sox; Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island Board Member
Megan Worley, Melrose, Massachusetts

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