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A Look Back at Wish Ball 2017

Ensuring Even More Wishes Find Their Way

On May 20th, more than 950 guests attended Wish Ball 2017 and heard how volunteers, community members and donors come together to ensure even more wishes find their way.



Maiya, Wish Alum '06, kicked off the celebration during the VIP reception. She shared her journey and the impact of her wish to be an F.B.I. agent.

Maiya Quote


Our evening was hosted by the wonderful John Stamos and emceed by Wish Alum '14, Maya.

Stamos Quote


Wish dad Lou DeFalco shared his family's wish story. His two sons, Michael and Dylan, are wish kids who battle Cystic Fibrosis.

 Lou Speaking


Michael's wish was granted earlier this year and Dylan is still dreaming up his one true wish.


The excitement and generosity in the room was incredible, making this another record-breaking year. The funds raised are critical to ensuring even more wishes like these find their way.


The evening concluded with musical performances by John Stamos and our talented Wish Alumni Ambassadors.

   John with Alumni - finale

Our goal here tonight is to raise money for this great organization so it can continue to provide these amazing experiences of hope, strength and joy for thousands of children who deserve a memorable break from their daily battle, whatever that may be. ”

— Lou DeFalco, Wish Dad



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