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Women's Initiative Group

Make-A-Wish Women’s Initiative Group provides a forum for professional female leaders to support, inspire and empower one another to make a difference in the lives of children battling critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish Southern Florida was founded in 1983 by two women, Nancy Strom and Joan Fenwick, who were members of the Plantation Junior Woman’s Club. Make-A-Wish Women’s Initiative Group will continue to keep our founders' philanthropic efforts moving forward by being dedicated and committed to the wish-granting mission.

What are the benefits of membership?

  • Making children's wishes come true
  • Local gatherings to generate fundraising ideas, celebrate our accomplishments and meet wish children who are impacted by the support of this group
  • Invitations to exclusive events
  • Further development of your professional network
  • Web site (sfla.wish.org) acknowledgement
  • Make-A-Wish publication listing
Women’s Initiative Group Pledge

A community of proactive, empowering women who want to share their time, talent and treasures in support of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to help ensure that every eligible child has the opportunity to experience a wish.  By coming together on behalf of the families and children Make-A-Wish serves, and being dedicated to this great cause, will help ensure the goal of the Women’s Initiative Group is met and/or exceeded, as a result, forever changing the lives of children who have critical illnesses, the core mission of Make–A-Wish.

For a listing of Make-A-Wish Women's Initiative Group members, click here.

To learn more about this exclusive group please contact:

Jessica Rivera, Community Development Coordinator
(954) 967-9474 ext. 321
weviren@fsynjvfu.bet.

Wine & Wishes

Wine & Wishes 2016
On Thursday, January 18, 2018, the Make-A-Wish Women’s Initiative Group hosted Wine & Wishes at El Tucán Miami, a modern-day nightclub cabaret. More than 100 guests enjoyed this magical evening that featured fine wine, tapas and endless music to help make wishes come true. An exciting raffle rounded off the evening and guests won prizes ranging from signature facials from AZURI Medical Aesthetics & Rejuvenation Center to Cirque du Soleil tickets! Everyone was moved by our special guest speaker, wish alumni, Jill, who shared the inspiring story of how Make-A-Wish has changed her life. This fabulous event raised enough funds to grant 8 heartfelt wishes.

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4th Annual Tea at the Ritz

Tea at the Ritz  

The Make-A-Wish Women’s Initiative Group hosted the 4th Annual Tea on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at The Biltmore in Coral Gables. The “Garden Affair” themed event, which was sponsored by the Carnival Foundation, was a wonderful afternoon for all. More than 150 guests, wearing colorful dresses and fun hats, enjoyed the timeless tradition of afternoon tea featuring a lavish selection of tea, sandwiches and sweet treats. The event also included a fashion show presented by Gap –Dadeland Mall that featured several wish children and their mothers modeling the latest trends for the summer. A Chinese raffle, posh bazaar, photo booth and children’s fun area rounded out the day’s activities. In all, enough funds were raised to grant four wishes.

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Whiskey & Wishes

Wine & Wishes 2016
On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, the Make-A-Wish Women’s Initiative Group hosted Whiskey & Wishes at Miami’s newest hot spot, 1980s inspired eatery, Ricky’s Miami Beach. More than 80 guests enjoyed this magical evening featuring fine whiskey craft drinks, wine and a carnival-inspired food menu, to help make wishes come true. Guests felt like kids again enjoying the video arcade games, and a raffle rounded out this unforgettably fun night out. Everyone was moved by our special guest speaker, wish kid, Cynthia , who shared the inspiring story of meeting actress Rachel McAdams in NYC. This fabulous event raised enough funds to grant a child’s wish.

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3rd Annual Tea at the Ritz

Tea at the Ritz  

The Make-A-Wish Women’s Initiative Group hosted the 3rd Annual Tea at the Ritz presented by Mercantil Commercebank on Saturday, May 14 at The The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami. More than 170 guests attended the “A Royal Affair” themed afternoon, along with Event Chair Sabrina Linden and Event Co-Chairs Meredith Ortega and Christine G. Cox. Wearing colorful dresses and fun hats, they enjoyed the timeless tradition of afternoon tea featuring a lavish selection of tea, sandwiches and sweet treats. The event also included a fashion show presented by Gap Lincoln Road that featured several wish children and their families modeling the latest trends for the summer. A Chinese raffle, posh bazaar, photo booth and children’s fun area rounded out the day’s activities. In all, enough funds were raised to grant more than 4 wishes.

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Ride For Wishes

Ride for wishes

On Saturday, December 12, the Make-A-Wish Women’s Initiative Group hosted “Ride For Wishes 2015” at Flywheel Miami Beach. More than 40 riders attended this special afternoon of indoor cycling. Riders were welcomed with glow-in-the-dark accessories to wear during ride, post hydrating drinks from Jugo Fresh and following the intense workout a fabulous happy hour at new Sunset Harbour hot spot Naiyara. The ride raised $10,000, enough to forever change the lives of two special wish kids.

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