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Evening of Wishes Dinner

A Look Back at Our 2018 Evening of Wishes Dinner

  • Michelle Muscatello kicks off the evening program with wish recipients Anaija (left) and Evangelina. Photo by Eve Photography.

  • Evening of Wishes Master of Ceremonies Michelle Muscatello from WPRI Channel 12. Photo by Eve Photography.

  • Wish recipient Evangelina and her mother, Melina Hill, who spoke about her daughter's wish to go to Hawaii. Photo by Eve Photography.

  • Wish recipient Nicholas shows off his dance moves. Photo by Eve Photography.

  • Wish parents Erik and Karen Wright. Erik spoke about their son Colin's wish to meet one of his online gaming friends. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Russo.

  • 1993 wish recipient Colin Nagle speaks about his Make-A-Wish experience as his parents, Joe and Jan Nagle, look on. Photo by Eve Photography.

  • Event chairs and wish parents Jan and Joe Nagle (far left and second from right), also representing Presenting Sponsor Delta Dental; David Shepherd (second from right), member of our Board of Directors and representing Joy Sponsor Shepherd Kaplan Krochuk; and Bill Loehning, Presenting Sponsor, chair of our Rhode Island Advisory Council, and member of our Board of Directors. Photo by Eve Photography.

  • Make-A-Wish CEO Charlotte Beattie (center) with Joe and Julie Perroni, representing Presenting Sponsor Delta Dental of Rhode Island. Joe is also a member of our Rhode Island Advisory Council. Photo by Eve Photography.

  • Chris Shaban (center), a member of our Rhode Island Advisory Council, and colleagues from Table Host Sponsor IGT. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Russo.

  • Doris and Bill Loehining, Presenting Sponsors and past event chairs. Bill is also chair of our Rhode Island Advisory Council and a member of our Board of Directors. Photo by Eve Photography.

  • Wish recipient Nicholas and his mom, Jenn. Photo by Eve Photography.

  • Wish recipient Anaija (second from right) with her family. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Russo.

  • Mark and Louis Cooper and their son Jeremiah, a past wish recipient. Louis represents Wish Friend Sponsor Swarovski. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Russo.

A LOOK BACK AT OUR 2018 EVENING OF WISHES DINNER

With over 300 attendees, our 2018 celebration of wishes in Rhode Island was our largest and most successful Evening of Wishes Dinner yet!  Emceed by WPRI Channel 12 meteorologist Michelle Muscatello, the event took place on November 17, 2018, at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence. The event featured the stories of area wish recipients and their families and raised over $350,000, which will enable us to fulfill the wishes of 35 children with life-threatening illnesses in Rhode Island.

The memorable evening celebrated the power of a wish through speeches and video. Michelle Muscatello introduced the audience to wish recipients Evangelina, whose wish took her to Hawaii; Anaija, whose wish to go to Paris will soon be granted; and Nicholas, who wished to meet his favorite characters at Universal Studios Orlando. Colin Nagle, 1993 wish recipient – and among the first wish recipients in Rhode Island – took to the stage with his parents, Joe and Jan Nagle, to share how their experience as a wish family continues to inspire them to give back to our organization.  Wish parent Erik Wright described his son Colin’s meaningful wish experience of meeting in person an online friend who was a great support while Colin underwent treatment for osteosarcoma. And Evangelina’s mother, Melina Hill, reflected on how her daughter’s wish helped Evangelina feel stronger and more confident. The evening also included a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, the opportunity to support wishes through Fund-A-Wish, and musical entertainment provided by Colin Nagle.

We are grateful to all of our sponsors and in particular, to our Presenting Sponsors Delta Dental and Bill and Doris Loehning; our Strength Sponsor Panasonic; and Joy Sponsors Bentley Builders, Blish & Cavanagh, Canton Hathaway, Lifespan Corporation, and Shepherd Kaplan Krochuk. To all of our donors, program participants, guests, event committee members, in-kind donors, and volunteers, thank you for your support of the 2018 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 full of joy and hope through the granting of their wishes! 

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Event Sponsors

Thank you to the generous sponsors of our 2018 Evening of Wishes Dinner!

PRESENTING SPONSORS

Delta Dental

 Bill and Doris Loehning

 
STRENGTH SPONSOR

Panasonic Toughbook

JOY SPONSORS
Bentley Builders
Blish & Cavanagh
Canton Hathaway
Lifespan Corporation
Shepherd Kaplan Krochuk

TABLE HOST SPONSORS
AA Wrecking
Ahlborg Construction
Custom Drywall
Customers Bank
Danielson Glass
Gilbane Building Company
IGT
Joseph and Julie Perroni
Rhode Island Medical Imaging
Textron, Inc.
University Orthopedics
Washington Trust Company

WISH FRIEND SPONSORS
AAA Northeast
Advocacy Solutions
Almon and Suzanne Hall
Central Painting
Citizens Bank
Hasbro, Inc.
Hayes and Sherry
JoMar Painting
Murphy and Fay
Navigant Credit Union
New England Steel Fabricators
Northeast Acoustical Ceilings
Pannone Lopes Devereaux and O’Gara
Peregrine Group
Providence Mutual Fire Insurance Company
Rama Electric
RGB Architects
Rhode Island Federation of Teachers
Ruggieri Brothers Flooring
Salve Regina University
Skurka Construction
Swarovski
Tony and Virginia Thomas
Tufts Health Plan
Union Fence



Thank you to our event chairs and committee!

Event Chairs:
Joe and Jan Nagle

Event Committee:
Stephanie Bernaba
Louis Cooper
Donna Croce
Randy-Lynn Kroll
Doris Loehning
Sharon Santos
Julienne Stenberg
Debra Tomassini
Tessa Tomassini
Meg Whelan


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