Make-A-Wish Gala

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

Join us for an evening in celebration of the Make-A-Wish mission!

Saturday, April 12, 6:30 PM

InterContinental Boston  |  510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston

Master of Ceremonies
Liz Brunner, Brunner Communications

John Terrio, Auction Knights

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

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Individual tickets are $750 per person.
 For further information or questions, please contact Jo-Anne Spillane at 617.367.0739 or

Your support through the 2014 Make-A-Wish Gala will bring hope, strength, and joy to hundreds of medically eligible children in the coming year through the granting of their wishes. 


PWC     Weil
Josh and Anita Bekenstein

Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine

Drew Lawton and Jill Royster



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

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

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


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

Presenting Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

A Look Back at the 2013 Gala

  • 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

We extend our deepest gratitude to all who contributed to the incredible success of our 2013 Gala, and in particular to Presenting Sponsors Steve and Deborah Barnes and The Nelson Family Foundation; Premier Sponsors Kirkland & Ellis, PwC, Weil, and Anonymous; and the members of the Bain Capital Partners group for their generous contributions in honor of their colleague, Steve Barnes. 

Through sponsorships, ticket sales, a variety of auctions, and a diamond raffle, the Gala raised $1.3 million to set children on the path to wishes come true in the year ahead!

In recognition of his extraordinary leadership and profound commitment, Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island is honored to present Steve Barnes of Bain Capital with the 2013 Wish Hero Award.

Embracing the Make-A-Wish mission with the utmost compassion and generosity, Steve has powered Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island from past to future. During his tenure as Chairman of our Board of Directors, Steve served as a true champion in strategically advancing our organization’s reach. A leadership donor and a visionary, he has worked to ensure that we have the resources for today while laying the groundwork for a sustainable future. He is a passionate ambassador who has engaged individuals and businesses in our wish-granting program at every turn. Steve’s generosity has changed the lives of hundreds of children through their wishes, and paves the way for future generations of wish children to discover hope, strength, and joy in the face of serious illness.

Steve’s philanthropic support has also impacted many other charitable causes across the region and around the world. He serves on the boards of Boston Children’s Hospital and his alma mater, Syracuse University, where he endowed the Barnes Family Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities and serves as Co-Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Additionally, he is an investor and mentor to venture philanthropy fund New Profit and has served on the boards of City Year and United Way. Together with his family, Steve has frequently traveled to Kenya to help build schools and medical facilities in partnership with Free the Children, and sponsors high school education for several Kenyan teenagers.

Steve is a Managing Director at Bain Capital and has been associated with the firm since 1988. Steve and his wife, Deborah, have three children.

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