Photo: Left to Right: Gala honoree Jim Amine with his wife Aundrea, wish kid Jeffers with his mom and Make-A-Wish board member Sari Chang
"Thank you for making me feel so welcome and part of the Make-A-Wish family." That sentiment from one of the guests of An Evening of Wishes has been a common theme in the calls and emails we've received after the event. The Gala, held at Cipriani Wall Street, was a huge success from both a mission and financial perspective, raising close to $1.6 million.
Over 600 members of New York's philanthropic and business community joined us in honoring Jim Amine, Managing Director, Investment Banking Division and Global Head, Investment Banking Department at Credit Suisse Group AG. Maria Bartiromo, host of Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo, of Fox Business Network graciously hosted the event. A total of 17 wish kids and their families helped celebrate wishes and the new moment each wish marks in the lives of children and their families. Other celebrity guests included Nigel and Crissy Barker, Carly Kloss, Geraldo Rivera, as well as sports celebrities Brian Kelley (former New York Giants player) and Charles Smith (former New York Knicks player).
Peter Yiu, a former wish child and current Make-A-Wish volunteer said, "As a former wish child, my experiences with Make-A-Wish have taught me so much. The important role joy and hope play in the healing process. The compassion that people can have for complete strangers. The resiliency of children under insurmountable circumstances. The legacy and the ripple effect an act of kindness can have in the world. Almost 25 years in remission, I still carry with me these valuable lessons I have learned. And as a volunteer today, my only 'wish' is that I continue the legacy to help enrich the human experience for wish children and their families with hope, strength, and joy." Our heartfelt thanks to all sponsors and guests for making this an unforgettable Evening of Wishes.
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