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Wine and Wishes

Save the Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
At the new City Winery in Boston!

Check back for additional event details as available and contact Tamara Portman via email or at 617.367.9474 with questions.
• 2018 marks our sixth annual wine and whiskey tasting event for Boston-area professionals.
• Enjoy fine wine, whiskey, bourbon, and cider tastings from the best local and national distillers and wine makers.
• NEW this year, sample craft beer from the best of Boston’s local brewery scene!
• Featuring food pairings, lively auctions and raffle, a taste of the Make-A-Wish mission, and more.

  • The 2017 Wine and Wishes Committee with wish recipient Grace and her brother Matthew.

  • Over 300 guests enjoyed a mission-based program as well as live and silent auctions, a wine pull, bidding to help fund a wish through the Wish Wall, and a raffle.

  • More than 20 tasting partners offered tastings of fine wine, whiskey, and other beverages.

  • Co-emcee Vanessa Welch talks with Grace and family about Grace's wish to go on a Disney cruise.

  • Co-emcees Matt Light (far left) and Vanessa Welch (far right) with Make-A-Wish CEO Charlotte Beattie and wish dad Sean Riley.

  • Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster with Grace and Matthew.

Cheers to Wishes: A Look Back at Wine and Wishes 2017

Over 300 guests raised their glasses in support of wishes at Wine and Wishes on October 27, 2017, at The UMass Club on Beacon Hill in Boston! The event raised more than $105,000 to surpass our goal at this fifth annual event!  We’re very grateful to our sponsors, tasting partners, event committee members, attendees, special guests, in-kind supporters, and volunteers, whose outpouring of support will grant the wishes of 13 seriously ill children in the coming months. 

The event, which featured fine wine and whiskey tastings, was co-emceed by Vanessa Welch of Boston 25 News and Matt Light, former New England Patriots player and founder of The Light Foundation. Wish dad Sean Riley shared the inspiring story of his son Spencer’s wish to go to the New England Patriots playoff game, and wish child Grace and her mom, Lindsey, shared highlights from Grace’s wish to go on a Disney cruise.

Wine and Wishes 2017 was generously supported by Presenting Sponsors Sean and Kerri McKeever and Trusted Choice and the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA) Young Agents Committee; Wish Star sponsors John Hancock, Sarah C. Webb, Weil, and the Wine and Wishes Committee; and Wish Friend sponsors C-4 Analytics, the Howard and Linda Grossman Charitable Trust, and Turner. Cheers and thank you to everyone who came together to enrich the lives of seriously ill children through Wine and Wishes 2017!

Photos above courtesy of Michelle Lundquist.

View BackStage Photo photo booth images from the event on Facebook

Thank you to our Wine and Wishes sponsors!


2017 Wine and Wishes Tasting Partners  

Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island
One Bulfinch Place, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 367-9474
Back Line (617) 367-0739
Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island, West Springfield Office
181 Park Avenue
Suite 12
West Springfield, MA 01089
(413) 733-9474

Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Providence Office
20 Hemingway Drive
East Providence, RI 02915
(401) 781-9474