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Swish Night

From Swishes to Wishes at 6th Annual Swish Night

  • Over 250 Swish Night guests helped to raise more than $140,000 to grant 17 wishes

  • Event Chair Jim Foard, Jr., also a member of our board of directors, kicks off the evening program

  • Wish recipients (L to R) Samantha, Ella, and Myalynn, with Philip T. Glynn, MD, Event Co-Chair and former board member

  • The evening offered many ways to support wishes, including through a silent auction

  • Wish child Ella with the team from Bertera Subaru of West Springfield

  • Samantha Edwards (left) and Michelle Foard were among the attendees

  • Swish Night is a unique opportunity to watch championship college basketball games while helping to make wishes come true

SAVE THE DATE: Swish Night - March 31, 2018

It was a slam dunk for wishes at Swish Night 2017 to benefit Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island. On April 1, over 250 guests gathered for an evening of championship college basketball at Longmeadow Country Club in Longmeadow, MA, raising more than $140,000 to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in Western Massachusetts.

Swish Night guest speaker Celinez Jodoin shared her daughter Myalynn’s wish to go to Disneyland® which “helped her to remember there’s a bigger world out there…and that she should keep dreaming and working toward the future.” 

Guests also enjoyed meeting wish children Ella, 8, who wished to go to Walt Disney World® Resort and Samantha, 13, who wished to go to Hawaii.

We are sincerely grateful to the Swish Night Committee, led by Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island board member James Foard, Jr. along with event co-chairs Arthur Grodd and former board member Philip T. Glynn, M.D., for their dedication to the success of this event and to our wish children and their families.  Thanks also to our Swish Night sponsors, attendees, and volunteers for the outpouring of support for our mission.  Seventeen hope-filled wishes will be funded through the event’s proceeds, enabling us to provide children like Myalynn, Ella, and Samantha with the uplifting and empowering experience of a wish come true!

Photos by Tom Newton, eMediate Response

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2017 Swish Night Sponsors

Final Game: Premier Wish Grantor

Ron and Brenna Sadowsky

Final Four: Wish Grantor Sponsors

Susan and Ed Barbeau
Brian and Mary Trelease


Elite Eight: Wish Partner Sponsors

Bertera Subaru of West Springfield
Phil and Thomasina Glynn
Arthur and Peggy Grodd
Health New England, Inc.
Kittredge Equipment Company and the Haberman, Katz, and Webber Families
Keady Foard and Montemagni Wealth Management at UBS

Sweet Sixteen: Wish Friend Sponsors

Baystate Noble Hospital  |  Holly Bardin & Family 
Charles and Carol Casartello  |  
Fontaine Bros., Inc.
Green Earth Energy PhotoVoltaic Corp.  |  
Susan and Ron Grodsky     
The Henshon Family  |  Adrian and Ginny Levsky
Mercy Health  |  Jim and Barbara Sadowsky
The Dowd Insurance Agencies  |  Westfield Bank   




2017 Swish Night Committee

James Foard, Jr., Event Chair
Member, Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Philip T. Glynn, MD, Event Chair
Former Member, Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Arthur Grodd, Event Co-Chair
Charles Casartello, Esquire
Samuel Fortsch
Allison Gearing-Kalill
Meghan Henshon
Moira Joyce
Margaret Ochoa
Michael P. Ryan, Esquire
Wendy Webber
Nicole Zinke



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