Early April in Massachusetts is more than just Patriot’s Day and the Boston Marathon. For Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, it offers an opportunity to go to two great events that will help raise the necessary money to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses.
Swish Night, April 4
Swish Night, An Evening Of Wishes and College Basketball, is an opportunity to watch the national college basketball semifinals on Saturday night, April 4, at the Longmeadow Country Club (400 Shaker Road in Longmeadow). The event gives you the chance to watch championship college basketball on big-screen televisions, sample different food stations and take part in an auction that helps celebrate the joy of children’s wishes provided by Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The event runs from 7-11 p.m. and the attire is country club casual – collared shirts and no jeans.
Whether you put a few bucks into a pool, make educated picks or just choose teams based on uniform colors or nicknames, Swish Night gives you an opportunity to watch the game and cheer on your team. Or at least cheer on a successful bracket. Not only can you get together with friends, you can help raise money for Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island at the same time.
Last year’s event raised more than $120,000 – enough to fund 16 wishes. Wish Kid Leon Gaumond III, whose wish for DJ equipment was granted, used that equipment to provide music at the event. Leon’s father was the featured speaker at the event, sharing his son’s journey and talking about the joy that having a wish fulfilled provided.
To purchase tickets, become a sponsor or for additional details, call 413-733-9474.
Make-A-Wish Gala, April 11
The 10th Annual Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island Gala is at the InterContinental Hotel on Boston’s waterfront (510 Atlantic Ave., Boston).
The Annual Gala is the signature fundraising event for Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, celebrating its mission through powerful stories of children in our community who have been touched by a life-changing wish experience. The 2014 gala was so successful, it helped grant the wish of more than 100 children with critical illnesses.
Individual tickets are $750 each, but there are also several sponsorship opportunities:
- Wish Presenting Sponsor, $50,000 (2 tables of 10)
- Wish Premier Sponsor, $25,000 (2 tables of 10)
- Wish Star, $15,000 (1 table of 10)
- Wish Partner, $10,000 (1 table of 10)
- Wish Friend, $7,500 (1 table of 10)
- Wish Table Host, $5,000 (1 table of 10)
For additional information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please e-mail Jo-Anne Spillane at Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, or call 617-367-9474.
Donate A Car To Help Make-A-Wish Massachusetts And Rhode Island
If you can’t make Swish Night or the Gala, there are other ways to contribute to Make-A-Wish. One of those ways might be right in your garage or on your driveway. Our vehicle donation charity, Wheels For Wishes, takes your unwanted vehicle and helps turn it into wishes. All proceeds from the sale of your vehicle go toward Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We pick up and tow away your car, boat, SUV, ATV, motorcycle or motorhome at no cost to you and your donation is tax deductible.
Your vehicle donation is tax deductible and you receive free pick-up or towing of your vehicle from Worcester, Springfield, Warwick, Providence or anywhere else in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. To learn more about the process or if you’re ready to make a donation, dial 1-877-431-9474 or fill out a vehicle donation form online. Every contribution counts and will help Make-A-Wish reach their goal of granting every child with a critical illness their wish.