Make-A-Wish Gala Raises $120,000 For Children

By GioVanni Created: November 21, 2012 Last Updated: November 21, 2012
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Three Wishes Gala co-chairs Grace and Tony Mariani. (GioVanni)

Three Wishes Gala co-chairs Grace and Tony Mariani. (GioVanni)

OTTAWA — The 7th Annual Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario Three Wishes Gala in early November raised $120,000 for children who have life-threatening medical conditions.

Forty-four families who have received a wish from the Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada in the past year were invited to attend courtesy of some very special local sponsors.

“Once again I find myself immersed in a truly magical night. It makes me so proud to know with the collective efforts at the gala that so many dreams will be fulfilled,” said Mike Wlotzki, CEO of Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario.

“There are so many testimonials flowing in from our guests. Thank you to all that were part of ‘Share the Power of a Wish.’”

Several of the “wish children” in attendance contributed their own artworks that were auctioned along with other donations. The works from three children alone, Brook, Arianne, and Harley, sold for a total of $22,000.

With 68 children in Eastern Ontario currently in the process of having a wish granted, Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario has an ambitious year ahead.

According to its website, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada has made wishes come true for more than 225,000 children since 1980.

People who want to donate or volunteer can visit

GioVanni is a publicist, writer/photographer, image maker, and radio and TV host in Ottawa. For upcoming events contact him at

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