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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 life-threatening medical conditions. 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 (www.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 life-threatening medical conditions, 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.

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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Wine & Wishes

Wine & Wishes 2016
On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, the Make-A-Wish Women’s Initiative Group hosted the 3rd Annual Wine & Wishes themed “Havana Nights” at the famous Ball & Chain in Little Havana. More than 80 guests enjoyed this magical evening under the stars featuring fine wine and tapas to help make wishes come true. A rum tasting, cigar roller, salsa dancing lessons and a raffle rounded out this unforgettable fiesta. Everyone was moved by our special guest speaker Amy, who shared the heartwarming story of her son Alex’s wish to attend WrestleMania. This fabulous event raised enough funds to grant a child’s wish.

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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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2nd Annual Tea at the Ritz

Tea at the Ritz  

The Make-A-Wish Women’s Initiative Group hosted the 2nd Annual Tea at the Ritz on Saturday, May 16 at The Ritz-Carlton in Coconut Grove. The event, which was sponsored by the Carnival Foundation, had “An Afternoon in Paris” theme. More than 90 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 Bloomingdale's Aventura 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 more than 2 wishes.

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1st Annual Tea at the Ritz

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On Saturday, May 31, 2014, the Make-A-Wish Women’s Initiative Group, along with chair Pam Segal, hosted “Wonderland of Wishes- Tea at The Ritz” at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami. More than 60 women and their daughters attended this special afternoon donning their finest tea attire and matching hats. The event included a fun bazaar hosted by Bourbon and Boweties, Jewels by Dunn and Beauty For Real. In all, enough funds were raised to grant four children’s wishes. Major supporters of the event included Carnival Cruise Lines, UBS, Dr. Ginger Medel, Yamile Jimenez and Jojo Tea, who provided the tea.

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