Wine and Spirits Tasting

  • Committee members Peter Neal (far left) and Christian McGowan (far right) of John Hancock Investments join a group photo with wish recipient McKinley

  • Our Wine and Spirits Tasting event committee members at our inaugural event

  • Alexis Kimball of Brownstone Insurance samples a wine from Panther Distributing

  • Committee member Rob Barresi (left) with Frank Mancini, MAIA (center) and industry colleagues

  • Wish recipient Morgan performs a song she composed about her recovery for the crowd

We are pleased to announce that our inaugural Wine and Spirits Tasting for Boston-area young professionals was a great success to help grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.  The sold-out event, held at Morton’s The Steakhouse Seaport in Boston on November 15, 2013, included heartfelt remarks by wish dad Mark, who shared the story of his daughter McKinley’s wish, and wish recipient Morgan, who shared her musical gifts through two performances.

The nearly 150 guests in attendance enjoyed boutique wine tastings from around the world, and an array of whiskeys and spirits to please any palate. In addition, the event featured chef-inspired light food pairings, a silent auction, and raffle.

A special thank you to our sponsors, tasting partners, event host committee members, volunteers, and in-kind supporters for making this event possible, and to all who attended in support of our wish children.

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2013 Wine and Spirits Committee

Christina Adams, Keurig, Incorporated
Rob Barresi, Roblin Insurance / Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA)
Nicole Barsalona, 525 Entertainment Group 
Christopher Farrugia, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Victoria A. Goldberg, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Johanna F. Goulding, Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP
Matt Goulding, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Dave Greenfeld, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
Angela Malerba,The CHT Group
Christian McGowan, John Hancock Investments
Peter Neal, John Hancock Investments
Lisa Rossini, Harvard Medical School
Jenn Rothenberg, NASDAQ OMX
Danielle Shagoury, Brand Networks, Inc.
Kate Symmonds, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Michael Tonelli, Bain Consulting
Emily Weisberg, Jason Stone Injury Lawyers
Shannon Wheeler, Hologic

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