In the first few months of 2017, Iowans have three chances to attend a gala for Make-A-Wish Iowa. If you’re from, Dubuque, Davenport or Cedar Rapids, a gala is taking place right in your city. These can’t-miss galas include the Riverbend Gala on Feb. 4, The Dubuque Gala on March 25 and the Uncork A Wish Wine & Beer Gala on April 28. 

If you can’t attend any of these great events, you can still help Make-A-Wish Iowa in a big way by donating your car to Wheels For Wishes. Car donations are tax deductible and you will receive free vehicle towing no matter where you live in Iowa. Best of all, your donation benefits Make-A-Wish Iowa and helps them grant more wishes for local kids! Donate your car anytime by calling us at 1-877-431-9474 or using our online car donation form.

Feb. 4: Riverbend Gala

Make-A-Wish Iowa’s 2017 Riverbend Gala is taking place Feb. 4 at the Waterfront Convention Center (2021 State Street) in Bettendorf. This year’s theme is Fire and Ice. The Riverbend Gala is Make-A-Wish Iowa’s largest event of the year and you can be a part of it! Tickets are just $95 per person or you can reserve a table of 8 for $750. Additional donations are also welcomed. To purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorships, contact Paula Cockrell.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction. At 7:30, a delicious sit down dinner will begin, along with a program and live auction. After dinner, the dance floor will open up. If you plan on making a whole night of the event, book a room at the Isle of Capri Bettendorf hotel for a discounted rate. Book before Jan. 21 to take advantage of the room discount!

March 25: Dubuque Gala

This year’s Dubuque Gala will have a fun flair with its 1940s Casino Night theme. The event takes place at the Grand River Center (500 Bell Street) in Dubuque. This gala will have live music from the local Main St. Jazz group. Guests will enjoy a complimentary cocktail hour beginning at 5 p.m. Afterwards, dinner, dancing, entertainment and a live auction will follow. The auction will use an easy online bidding format, so be sure to bring a fully-charged smart phone in order to bid.
Tickets are currently available for a discounted rate until Feb. 13. Purchase your Early Bird ticket now for $60 or get a table of 10 for $600. On Feb. 13, the price increases to $75 for individual tickets and $750 for tables of 10. Contact Natalie Brecht for tickets.

April 28: Uncork A Wish

On April 28, head to the DoubleTree by Hilton (350 1st Ave NE) in Cedar Rapids for the Uncork A Wish Gala. Starting at 6 p.m., the event will include hors d’oeuvres, a wine and beer tasting, entertainment, live music and great live and silent auctions. If you buy in advance, tickets are just $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10. At the door, tickets are $55 each. Get your tickets ahead of time by emailing Tammy Tronvold.

Help Make-A-Wish In 2017

Whether you’re attending one of Make-A-Wish Iowa’s great events or donating a car, there are plenty of ways to give back. You can learn more about these events here. If you have a car to donate, learn more about Wheels For Wishes on our website