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Wine and Wishes

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Join us for our seventh annual tasting event to help grant wishes for children with critical illnesses in our community! The event runs from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at City Winery Boston and features fine wine, craft beer, and spirits tastings, a lively auction, raffle, food pairings, and inspiring mission moments. Check back for more details as available.

  • Members of the 2018 Wine and Wishes Committee.

  • Paul Grossman (right), Wine and Wishes Committee Chair, with wish recipient Olivia (next to Paul) and her family.

  • Wish recipient Olivia (foreground) and her sister, Sophia, continued their lemonade stand fundraiser at the event.

  • Wish recipient Kanah Kull (left) with Brian Babineau, team photographer for the Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins.

  • Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island CEO Charlotte Beattie (right) with board member Kevin O'Connell and his wife, Joanne McConnell.

  • Wine and Wishes co-emcess Vanessa Welch, Boston 25 News anchor, and Tom Carron, NESN sportscaster.

Cheers to Wishes: A Look Back at Wine and Wishes 2018

Over 300 guests raised their glasses in support of wishes at Wine and Wishes on October 12, 2018, at City Winery Boston! The event raised over $155,000, surpassing our goal at this sixth annual tasting event. We are 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 15 seriously ill children in the coming months. 

The event, which featured fine wine, whiskey, craft beer, and cider tastings, was co-emceed by news anchor Vanessa Welch of Boston 25 News and NESN sportscaster Tom Carron. We were also grateful to have Boston Bruins player Noel Acciari in attendance.

During the evening, it was an honor to highlight the stories of two wish recipients. Ten-year-old wish recipient Olivia and her family shared the story of her wish to go to Hawaii, and Olivia and her sister presented Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island CEO Charlotte Beattie with proceeds they raised through a lemonade stand and requests for donations instead of gifts for their birthdays. Vanessa Welch interviewed wish recipient Kanah about his wish to be a sports photographer, which was granted through a memorable day with Brian Babineau, team photographer for the Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins. Brian joined Kanah onstage as a special guest to express how the wish experience impacted him. Wrapping up the spirited evening, Tom Carron led a live auction and Fund-A-Wish, raising additional funds among the philanthropic crowd.    

Wine and Wishes 2018 was supported by generous sponsors including Presenting Sponsor Trusted Choice and the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA) Young Agents Committee; Wish Star Sponsor the Boston Bruins Foundation; and Wish Friend Sponsors Ecker Construction, Weil, and Zipcar

Cheers and thank you to everyone who came together to enrich the lives of seriously ill children through Wine and Wishes 2018!

Photos above courtesy of Michael Blanchard Photography.

View BackStage Photo photo booth images from the event on Facebook


Special Guests

We were thrilled to welcome the following special guests to Wine and Wishes 2018!

Co-Emcee and Auctioneer:
Tom Caron, NESN Sportscaster

Vanessa Welch, Boston 25 News Anchor

Co-emcees Tom Caron and Vanessa Welch

Wine and Wishes Sponsors

We are very grateful to our generous event sponsors for making Wine and Wishes 2018 possible.


Trusted Choice / Young Agents Committee of Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA)

Wish Star Sponsor

Boston Bruins Foundation

Wish Partner Sponsors

Anonymous, on behalf of Wine & Wishes Committee 

Ecker Construction, Weil Gotshal & Manges, Zipcar

Wish Friend Sponsors

C4 Analytics
Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP
First Republic Bank 
Harvard BioTech Club 
Howard and Linda Grossman Charitable Trust
John Hancock Investments (EAR Committee)
LPL Financial 
The Fallon Company 
The 2018 Wine and Wishes Committee

Wish Contributor Sponsors
Residential Mortgage Services, Inc.

In-Kind Partners

Back Stage Photobooth | Minuteman Press

Tasting Partners

Wine and Wishes featured the following Tasting Partners:

Wine and Wishes Tasting Partners

Wine and Wishes Committee

Thank you to the members of our planning committee!

Paul Grossman, CBRE
Committee Chair

Kaitlyn Acciari, Boston Bruins
Katherine Adams, Catalant
Sarah Bartlett-Cahill, Bain Capital
Caroline Bauer, Bain & Company
Megan Berninger, Boston Red Sox
Colin Dowd, Brown Brothers Harriman
Natalie Ecker, DTCC
Scott V. Ellis, Bright Agency, Inc.
Christopher Eppich, Atlantic Planning Group LLC
Amanda Farrer, Landmark School
Ben Farrer, The Fallon Company
Dan Findley, The Andover Companies
Julia Flanigan, Catalant
Vanessa Gailius, Bain & Company
David Goodrich, Residential Mortgage Services, Inc. 
Jaimie Gorman, IBM Watson Health
Amy Lussier, Fuze
Angela Malerba Werry, Catalant
Lauren McCarthy, Energi
Megan McCarthy, eServices Co.
Sandra Montemayor, BBVA Compass Brokerage
Pete Neal, John Hancock Investments
Kristen Paglia, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Kimberly Pedrotty, Accent Technologies
Diana Perry, Linear Retail
Lara Robertson, Boston Light Source
Stuart Robertson, Cloud Technology Partners, A Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
Kendra Snow, TESARO, Inc.
Connor Sullivan, Risk Placement Services Boston

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Boston, MA 02110
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