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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).

Louisville

August 14, 2015 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown
- 280 W Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY 40202

About the Evening

  • TBD -  Registration, Cocktails & Silent Auction
  • TBD - Dinner & Program
  • TBD - Event Concludes


Meet the Honorary Wish Family

Coming soon!

Sponsors

Special thanks to: Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky, UAW Local 862, Ford Motor Companytand Toshiba Business Solutions.

Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information on the event, please contact us at kentuckymaw@makeawishky.org or 502-327-0705.

Purchase Louisville BIG Wish® Gala Tickets Online.

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

Wish kid Hannah

At 15-years-old, Hannah was a bubbly teenager who loved the sunshine and spending time with her family. Diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, Hannah wished for a tropical trip that would allow her to spend quality time with the people she loved, away from the hospitals and treatments that had become her routine. In May of 2014, Hannah and her family jetted off to Hawaii for her unforgettable wish experience. Hannah's mom, Rachael, recalls, "We had five full days of shopping, swimming, eating, exploring, swimming with dolphins, seeing the Dole Plantation and, best of all, making memories to last forever." Rachael will speak at the Gala in honor of Hannah, her wish and the impact it had on their entire family. 

Sponsors

RMF Nooter serves as the presenting sponsor and Toledo Refining Company as the title sponsor. Other sponsors include Sylvania Pediatric Dentistry, Fifth Third, Ron White, Mel Harbaugh, Toledo Molding & Die, Vachette Practice Mgt., First Insurance, Key Bank, Savage and Associates, Franklin Parks Pediatrics, HCR, Manor Care, Jeffers Crane Service, Advanced Industrial, Mark Feldstein, Plante Moran, Hinkle Manufacturing, Pro Medica, Hart & Associates, Advisors Asset Mgt., Signature Bank, Health Care Reit, Midough, Toledo Pediatrics, Mercy Hospital, Brand Energy and AGC of America.


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, Delta Energy, Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter, Steiner + Associates, Columbia Gas, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Concord Mortgage and AmeriTitle.

Cincinnati

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

About the Evening

  • 6:00 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 Hannifin (Presenting Sponsor), Sherwin-Williams, Accenture, Stark Glass, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Olympic Steel, The Levanduski Family, Jones Day, Aexcel Corporation, Sonkin & Koberna, Huntington National Bank, Shiloh Industries, The Sutcliffe Family, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, Cleveland Clinic, Akron Children's Hospital, Lubrizol, Motorcars Honda-Toyota in Cleveland Heights, RHM Property Management, Haber Polk Kabat, GE Lighting, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Margolis Family, The Schreiber Family, Chart Industries and Penske Automotive.

Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Keri Haibach to learn more:  kerih@makeawishohio.org or 216-367-5654.

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 hosted by Dallas Clark
  • 10:00 p.m. Event Concludes

Meet the Honorary Wish Kid

Honorary Wish Kid Autry

17-year-old Autry, who battles Duchenne muscular dystrophy, loves all things sports. Whether he is watching college football or playing in his soccer league, he loves to stay active and engaged in the exciting world of athletics. When asked what his heartfelt wish would be, the decision was easy – to be football equipment manager for a week for his favorite sports team, Notre Dame. In October 2014, Autry got to tour the campus and stadium, meet the team, assist with practices and even attend a game. The wish was a dream come true for Autry, and the incredible experiences he and his family shared at Notre Dame will stay with them forever.

Sponsors

Special thanks to: Allison Transmission (Presenting Sponsor), LIDS Foundation, Venture Logistics, Karen Cottingham, Steel Dynamics, Clifton Larsen Allen, The Wilkinson Family, The Pate Family, Be Our Guest Vacations, Republic Airways, The Brauer Family, Wurster Construction & Studio 3 Design, OurHealth, Defender, Hendricks Regional Health, FedEx, Dorel Juvenile Group, Deloitte, UHC, Pearson Ford, Steve Fry, MJ Insurance, Fifth Third Bank, The Dentino Family, The Taylor Family, Klipsch, The Schneider Family, Finish Line, The Fierce Family, Lutheran Health Network, Taft Law, Earle Travel Company, Speedco, Indiana Pacers, Nucor Steel, Riley Hospital for Children, Jones Lang LaSalle, CloudOne, Ingram Micro Mobility, Calderon Textiles and Duke Energy.

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