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Make-A-Wish Golf Tournament

  • Wish recipients and siblings Ana and Anthony and their mother, Regina (center), with Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island board chair Jay Mattie and CEO Charlotte Beattie

  • Wish mom Jenn Calcagni-ONeill shares her family's Make-A-Wish experiences.

  • Wish recipient Nicholas gets ready to show off his dance moves with emcee and auctioneer John Terrio of Auction Knights.

  • Golf tournament committee chair Greg Gailius (second from left), also a member of our honorary board of directors, with his teammates.

  • Longtime Make-A-Wish supporter Bill Whelan (second from left) with his teammates.

  • Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island CEO Charlotte Beattie with board member and tournament committee member Bob Paglia (right) and Stephen DelVecchio.

  • Longtime Make-A-Wish supporter Dennis Drinkwater, far right, with his teammates.

  • Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island board member Bruce Platzman (second from left) with the AIS group.

  • Members of the team of volunteers who helped the tournament run smoothly.

A Look Back at 2019

A sold-out field of golfers took to the course at Salem Country Club on July 8, 2019, for the 27th Annual Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island Golf Tournament. The tournament was enhanced by beautiful weather as well as record-setting generosity in support of children facing life-threatening medical conditions. 

Wish recipients and siblings Ana and Anthony helped to greet golfers and kick off the tournament. Ana’s wish to meet her grandmother from Brazil was granted last year and Anthony’s wish to go to Walt Disney World® Resort was fulfilled this past winter. During the evening program, wish parent Jenn Calcagni-ONeill spoke about her family’s Make-A-Wish experiences by sharing the stories of her son Nicholas’ wish to meet the Minions and her daughter Makenzie’s wish to meet a sloth. Nicholas entertained the audience with his Minions dance and assisted with our raffle drawing. CEO Charlotte Beattie reflected on the importance of community support, particularly during the busy summer season of wish granting, and John Terrio from Auction Knights facilitated a live auction and Fund-A-Wish. 

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters — including Presenting Sponsor John Hayes of BHC Advisors, Eagle Sponsor the Boston Bruins Foundation, and all of our tournament sponsors — along with our Golf Tournament Committee members and event volunteers, $345,000 was raised, the most ever through this annual tournament. Proceeds will provide hope, joy, and strength to 30 wish children through the granting of their wishes.

2019 Major Sponsors


BHC Advisors


Boston Bruins Foundation

2020 Golf Tournament Committee

Gregory J. Gailius, Waban, Massachusetts

Committee Members
Scott Brown, Boston Bruins / TD Garden
Michael Dye, Marsh & McLennan Agency
John G. Hayes, BHC Advisors, LLC
Neal Hesler, Hesler Associates LLC
Robert L. Paglia, Natick, Massachusetts

Joseph Surette, Aon Risk Solutions

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