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Evening of Wishes Dinner

A Look Back at Our 2019 Evening of Wishes Dinner

  • Wish recipient Evan, center, with his parents Lynne and Stephen Vaudry, who were Honorary Co-Chairs of Evening of Wishes, and USPS Postal Carrier Anthony Hernandez.

  • Morgan Dzicek, 2012 wish recipient, performed the national anthem to open the dinner program.

  • Wish recipients Jeremiah (far left) and Avery (far right) with members of their families.

  • Rhode Island Advisory Council member and WPRI Channel 12 meteorologist Michelle Muscatello emceed the event.

  • Rhode Island Advisory Council Chair Bill Loehning, who, together with his wife, Doris, was Presenting Sponsor of Evening of Wishes.

  • Wish recipient Ethan, who wished to meet Tom Brady, hugs his mom, Carol, as his father, Zulfikar, looks on.

  • Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island CEO Charlotte Beattie.

  • Wish recipients Jeremiah and Avery with auctioneer John Terrio of Auction Knights.

  • Right to left: Make-A-Wish board member David Shepherd, Flora Shepherd, and Bill Loehning.

  • Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island Board Chair Kim McCaslin and her husband, Brian.

  • Right to left: Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island Director of Communications Rich Greif; board chair Kim McCaslin; Brian McCaslin; volunteer Ashley DeSimone; interim Rhode Island Regional Director Paula Montgomery; CEO Charlotte Beattie; Angela Vieira; Michael Vieira, Rhode Island Regional Director.

  • Right to left: Julie Perroni; Rhode Island Advisory Council member Joe Perroni from Delta Dental, an Evening of Wishes Strength Sponsor; Richard Fritz; Joe and Jan Nagle.

  • Dr. Kathleen Calenda and Dr. Ray Chaquette.

  • Guests enjoying the cocktail reception.

  • Right to left: Make-A-Wish volunteers Silviane Alves, Stephanie Bernaba, and Julienne Stenberg; Hannah Arbuthnot, Make-A-Wish Wish Coordinator.

Our annual celebration of wishes in Rhode Island drew 300 guests for an evening of stories and inspiration, with $287,000 raised to support wish children in Rhode Island.

Emceed by WPRI Channel 12 meteorologist Michelle Muscatello, the event took place on November 16, 2019, at the Omni Providence Hotel. The memorable evening opened with a vocal performance by 2012 wish recipient Morgan Dzicek, who traveled to Nashville to write and record a song for her wish.  

Wish parent Carol Alli told the story of her son Ethan’s wish to meet Tom Brady and shared, “The transformation we see in Ethan every day because of his wish is huge. He is more positive about life and more willing to try new things.” And two years after eight-year-old Evan received a custom log cabin playhouse, his mother Lynne Vaudry reflected, “His wish continues to give him joy and confidence. He no longer feels left out. We feel such immense joy witnessing how Evan’s wish builds his independence.”

In addition to speeches and Morgan’s performance, the evening also included a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and additional opportunities to support wishes. Taken together, proceeds from the event will grant the wishes of 28 Rhode Island children in the coming months.

We are grateful to all of our sponsors and in particular, to our Presenting Sponsor Bill and Doris Loehning; our Strength Sponsors Amica Mutual Insurance, Delta Dental of Rhode Island, and the Employee Community Services Association of Electric Boat Quonset Point; and Joy Sponsors Bentley Builders, Blish & Cavanagh, Fidelity Institutional Asset Management, New England Steel, Panasonic Toughbook, and Textron. To our Evening of Wishes Honorary Co-Chairs Stephen and Lynne Vaudry, all of our donors, program participants, guests, event committee members, in-kind donors, and volunteers, thank you for your support of the 2019 Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island Evening of Wishes Dinner. Your generosity will help wish children feel more confident, more resilient, and most importantly, more joyful and hopeful through the granting of their wishes!

Photos courtesy of Olga Photo.


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Event Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors of the 2019 Evening of Wishes Dinner!

PRESENTING SPONSOR

 Bill and Doris Loehning

 

STRENGTH SPONSORS

2019 Strength Sponsors: Amica, Delta Dental, ECSA

JOY SPONSORS
2019 Evening of Wishes Dinner - Joy Sponsors


TABLE HOST SPONSORS
Custom Drywall
Customers Bank
Gilbane Building Company
Hasbro, Inc.
IGT
Integlia Family Foundation
Darlene and Ken Major
MetLife Auto & Home
MS Walker
Joseph and Julie Perroni
Rhode Island Medical Imaging
Swarovski North America Limited
The Taleghani Family
University Orthopedics



Thank you to our event chairs and committee!

Evening of Wishes Honorary Co-Chairs
Stephen and Lynne Vaudry

2019 Event Committee
Stephanie Bernaba
Jeremiah Cooper
Louis Cooper
Randy-Lynn Kroll
Doris Loehning
Julie Perroni
Sharon Santos
Julienne Stenberg
Meg Whelan




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