On Saturday April 11, 2015, New Englanders gathered at the InterContinental Boston to celebrate the 10th annual Make-A-Wish Gala for Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Make-A-Wish’s fundraising efforts supports their mission to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical illnesses.

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This years event was aptly named “Where Magic Begins” and certainly delivered upon its promise. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour with dozens of silent auction items prior to the dinner program and being greeted by master of ceremonies Liz Bruner who made a memorable entrance accompanied by several youngsters.


Several guest speakers including Isis Rivera, Kirsten Oxboel, and Michelle Bertrand spoke about how Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island have positively impacted their lives. Board Chair Bob Paglia, CEO Charlotte Beattie, and host and wish grantor Peter Miller words were warmly received by all while guests enjoyed a sumptuous seated dinner.

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The huge draw of the evening was Ace of Cake celebrity chef Duff Goldman and master illusionist Landon Swank who truly got the magic beginning. The program ended with a live auction overseen by John Terrio which resulted in thousands being raised for this important cause.

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While the spring gala season (and the weather) is heating up in Boston, this is one charitable event all social butterflies must include on their calendar.

Happy Wishing,


Photos via the Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island Facebook page by Michael Blanchard and by Socially Superlative