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BIG Wish® Gala

Join us for a spectacular night of celebrating our mission and making wishes come true.

The BIG Wish® Gala provides guests the opportunity to experience the Make-A-Wish mission firsthand. The event includes a fabulous sit down dinner, a live and silent auction and a few surprises. Guests also have the opportunity to hear stories of inspiration from children and families whose lives have been forever changed by a granted wish.

Galas are held annually in Louisville, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo.
For more information on sponsorship, how you can become a sponsor, or to purchase individual tickets, call 1-877-206-9474.

Thank you to our gala partners: Qtego (silent auction), Freije & Freije Auctioneers (live auction) and Pagetech (A/V in-kind).

Toledo

February 12, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons
- 6165 Levis Commons Boulevard, Perrysburg, OH 43551

About the Evening

  • 5:30 p.m. Registration, Cocktails & Silent Auction
  • 7:00 p.m. Dinner & Program
  • 9:30 p.m. Event Concludes

Meet the Honorary Wish Family

Coming Soon!

Sponsors

Major sponsors include: Toledo Refining Company and RMF Nooter.

Columbus

March 14, 2015 at Hilton Downtown
- 401 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

About the Evening

  • 6:00 p.m. Registration, Cocktails & Silent Auction
  • 7:00 p.m. Dinner & Program
  • 9:30 p.m. Event Concludes

*Individual tickets may be purchased for $300. To RSVP, contact John Hykes at 614-763-6238 or johnh@makeawishohio.org. 

Meet the Honorary Wish Family

Dae'shaun

17-year-old Dae'shaun has always loved basketball, but after being diagnosed with a life-threatening seizure disorder, he was physically unable to continue playing his favorite sport. Still an avid fan, Dae'shaun wished to meet Chris Paul, point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers. Dae'shaun's mom Melissa shared, "He saw something different in the way that Chris Paul played and presented himself - never cocky, never arrogant, always looking to improve - that inspired him and gave him guidance in his own life." Dae'shaun's wish came true in March of 2013, when he traveled to Los Angeles for a once in a lifetime experience. He met his basketball idol, who talked with him like they were old friends and even gave him a signed pair of his shoes! The wish, Dae'shaun's mom said, "Helped him realize that he can keep going and pushing to achieve his dreams; that nothing can hold him back." 

Our Sponsors

Major sponsors include: Discover and Delta Energy.

Cincinnati

March 6, 2015 at the Cincinnati Music Hall, Second Floor Ballroom
-1241 Elm Street Cincinnati, OH 45202

About the Evening

  • 6:30 p.m. Registration, Cocktails & Silent Auction
  • 7:30 p.m. Dinner & Program
  • 10:00 p.m. Event Concludes

Meet the Honorary Wish Kid

Brock

Brock lives and breathes baseball. Fighting a life-threatening autoimmune disease, Brock had his wish granted in July of 2014 to meet Brandon Phillips from the Cincinnati Reds. He collected autographs and watched the team practice. Then, the moment Brock had been waiting for arrived, when he saw his hero – Brandon Phillips! They talked about the game, exchanged autographs and played a game of catch. Brock said, “It was unbelievable. I can’t even put it into words how it went – more than I ever dreamed of.” Read more of Brock's story: http://bit.ly/1r2Jyel.

Sponsors
Special thanks to: Western & Southern Financial Group, Southshore Condominiums and the Cincinnati Reds.

Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Ashley Rich to learn more:  ashleyr@makeawishohio.org or 513-297-4510.

Purchase Cincinnati BIG Wish® Gala Tickets Online.


Cleveland

April 23, 2015 at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center
- 127 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44114

About the Evening

  • 5:30 p.m. Registration, Cocktails & Silent Auction
  • 7:30 p.m. Dinner & Program
  • 10:00 p.m. Event Concludes

Meet the Honorary Wish Kid

James

James is a huge fan of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "The Hobbit" film series. He loves the movies, not only because of the beautiful scenery and special effects, but also because he can relate to many of the courageous characters on screen. Battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, 12-year-old James has had to spend much of his time away from home in the hospital and has endured more than his fair share of difficult battles. Despite these setbacks, he has not let his condition break his spirit. James' most heartfelt wish - to travel to New Zealand to visit the set of "The Lord of the Rings" - will be granted in March. In a letter to Make-A-Wish, James wrote, "This is like my lifelong dream, and I would be humbled if my one dream could be achieved by you." 

Sponsors

Special thanks to: Things Remembered (Title Sponsor), Parker (Presenting Sponsor), Accenture, Sherwin-Williams, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Stark Glass and Socially Artistic. 

Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Ashley Korbas to learn more:  ashleyk@makeawishohio.org or 216-367-5656.

Indianapolis

April 17, 2015 - JW Marriott Indianapolis
- 10 S. West Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

About the Evening

  • 6:30 p.m. Registration, Cocktails & Silent Auction
  • 7:30 p.m. Dinner & Program
  • 10:00 p.m. Event Concludes

Meet the Honorary Wish Family

Coming soon!

Sponsors

Special thanks to: Allison Transmission (Presenting Sponsor), Defender, Hendricks Regional Health, FedEx and Dorel Juvenile.

Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Kelsey Leichtnam to learn more: kelseyl@makeawishindiana.org or 317-522-4082.

BIG Wish Gala

To purchase tickets or for more information, please call: 1-877-206-9474.

Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana
2545 Farmers Drive
Suite 300
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 923-0555
Toll Free (877) 206-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Northeast Ohio Region
6060 Rockside Woods Blvd
Suite 315
Independence, OH 44131
(216) 241-3670
Toll Free (888) 272-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Central Ohio Region
2545 Farmers Drive
Suite 300
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 923-0555
Toll Free (877) 206-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Southern Ohio Region
10260 Alliance Road
Suite 200
Cincinnati, OH 45242
(513) 745-9474
Toll Free (888) 441-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Kentucky & Southern Indiana Region
1230 Liberty Bank Lane
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222
(502) 327-0705
Toll Free Kentucky Only (866) 487-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Indiana Region
7330 Woodland Drive
Suite 201
Indianapolis, IN 46278
(317) 636-6060
Toll Free Wish Families Only (877) 872-2756
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Northwest Ohio Region
1745 Indian Wood Circle
Suite 130
Maumee, OH 43537
(419) 244-9474
Toll Free (800) 666-8539