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Power of a Wish Gala to Take Place June 6

Power of a Wish Gala

Time: 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Location: Cipriani Wall Street

This year’s gala will celebrate an incredible 36 years of granting life-changing wishes in Metro New York. Kenan Thompson will take the stage as our host to bring awareness to the extraordinary power of hope in healing and to help ensure that every eligible child can receive a life-changing wish. Mr. Thompson has himself been involved in granting the wishes of several children who dreamed of visiting the set of “Saturday Night Live.” 

We are proud to be honoring Bret and the Leas Family for their countless contributions over the years. Mr. Leas is a Partner and the Co-Head of the Global Structured Finance business of Apollo Global Management, L.P. Mr. Leas is an incredible champion for Wish Kids, currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York. His passion for our mission has enabled the life-changing power of a wish to be felt by countless children fighting critical illnesses.

Last year, more than 700 guests came together to raise $1.8 million to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses. This year, we strive to impact even more lives!
For more information please visit our Gala website or contact Leighann Buscemi at 646-517-8590 /

The Power of a Wish Gala would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: 

ABCO  American Airlines  Citi 
 Credit Suisse Fifth Third Bank  Golden Ram Imports 
Wine4Food   Goldman Sachs Insperity 
 Kirkland and Ellis
Luxaire   PWC
 Skadden Structure Tone   Travelers
 Weil Zurich   

May 09, 2019

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