NEW YORK –June 10, 2016
– Last night, Make-A-Wish Metro New York Western New York
held its annual Power of a Wish Gala
in New York City at Cipriani Wall Street. The gala is the largest fundraiser of the year for the chapter, and supports the organization’s mission of granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Hosted by Make-A-Wish Ambassador and celebrity photographer, Nigel Barker, the gala honored Mazdack Rassi, co-founder of Milk
, for his work over the last decade in granting the wishes of many young people. With his deep roots in the fashion industry, he has brought together designers, photographers, makeup artists, stylists and many others to make impactful wish experiences happen.
Guests enjoyed elegant cocktails, dinner, dancing and a touching program which included a live auction. The evening concluded with a powerful performance by R&B singer/songwriter, Alice Smith. Some of the fashion industry’s biggest names attended to show their support for Make-A-Wish and Mazdack Rassi. Notable guests included Carolyn Murphy, Coco Rocha, Anja Rubik, Cynthia Rowley, Keren Craig, Mara Hoffman, Chris Zois, and Elia and Mariana Zois.
“Last night was an incredible night for us. By raising over $1.1 million, with money still coming in, we are closer to our goal of reaching every eligible child in our communities. A wish can transform the life of a child with a life-threatening illness. We are so grateful to our honoree, Mazdack Rassi, and our host, Nigel Barker, for their passionate dedication to this mission,” said Patricia Clemency, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York.
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