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Wish Society

The Wish Society 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 ( acknowledgement
  • Make-A-Wish publication listing
The Wish Society 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 Wish Society 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 Wish Society members, click here.

To learn more about this exclusive group please contact:

Jessica Rivera, Senior Community Development Coordinator
(954) 967-9474 ext. 321

Whiskey & Wishes

 Whiskey and Wishes 2
Cheers to granting wishes! On Thursday, February 28, 2019, The Wish Society hosted Whiskey & Wishes presented by Associates MD. More than 100 guests arrived at at Ft. Lauderdale’s Stache Drinking Den + Coffee Bar and enjoyed fine whiskey tastings, craft drinks, wine and a Southern inspired food menu to help make wishes come true. Guests listened to live music from talented local musician, Brendan O’Hara, and placed their bids in an exclusive raffle/silent auction. Everyone was moved by our special guest speakers, wish parents Stacy and Jesus, who shared the inspiring story of their son Alexander’s wish to visit the Nintendo headquarters in Seattle. In all, this fabulous event raised enough funds to grant the heartfelt wishes of five children in our community. Thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters who made this possible!

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Wine & Wishes

Wine & Wishes 2018
On Thursday, January 17, 2019, the Wish Society hosted the 6th Annual Wine & Wishes themed “Wishes Under the Stars” at Miami Beach hot spot Nikki Beach Miami. More than 100 guests enjoyed a fun evening of philanthropy featuring a costumed greeter, delicious appetizers, mojitos and champagne, and endless music – all to help make wishes come true. Cielito Artisan popsicles and a raffle rounded out this unforgettable night that will forever change the lives of local children with critical illnesses. Gaby Magii, our special guest speaker, inspired everyone with the story of her wish to swim with dolphins back in 2001. Her wish is what inspired her to become a child life specialist. It was a heartwarming event that raised enough funds to grant three heartfelt wishes.

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Brunch Under The Big Top

Tea at the Ritz  

The Wish Society served up a family-friendly brunch extravaganza at “Brunch Under The Big Top” presented by Greenberg Traurig and The Learning Experience. More than 200 guests of all ages attended the circus-inspired event at The Biltmore in Coral Gables on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The event included kids activities including face painting, sweet treats, a posh bazaar, a silent auction and photo booth fun. Alex de Armas, morning news anchor at WSVN 7, delighted everyone as our emcee, while Wish Kid Jordyn and her mother Lisa shared the story of her wish to go to Italy. Wish Kid Elizabeth and her mother Marissa also inspired everyone with the story of her 2014 wish to have a flute, and Elizabeth serenaded guests with her flute performance. Sheila Cesarano, Gabrielle Anwar and Brenda Yester Baty, the first-ever recipients of the W.I.S.H. Society award (Women Inspiring Strength and Hope), were honored for their significant contributions to the advancement of the Make-A-Wish mission through their generosity of time and talents. Our littlest guests also were mesmerized by a magic show. It was a heartwarming day that raised enough funds to grant 8 extraordinary wishes.

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