Make a Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island
The mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island is to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The children the organization serves are fighting for their lives and their families are doing everything that they can to help them in their battles.
The message of every gala is at once inspiring and sometimes heart-breaking. Parents of ill children share their heroic stories of diagnosis and treatment. Some stories end in recovery and some stories do not, but each story has the common thread of a life-changing trip or experience that transported an ill child and their family to a dream vacation in Disney World, a respite on a warm beach in the Caribbean, backcountry heli-skiing or the experience of working with a master chef to create a fantasy dessert. Every wish depends on the generosity of donors to fund those unforgettable experiences.
For 13 years, LPA has had the honor of producing the annual fundraising gala for this foundation. With themes ranging from Wish Safaris to Storybook Tales, the ballroom at the InterContinental Boston hosted many heartfelt stories of families whose pain and suffering disappeared for a few precious days during these magical experiences. Music always played a role in the night as did elegant floral arrangements, beautiful linens, delicious food and drink, surprise celebrity appearances and sometimes wishes revealed to children on stage. It was a feel good night like no other!
Tufts Medical Center is an internationally-respected academic medical center – a teaching hospital where they pride themselves not only in the sophistication of the care they provide but the compassionate way in which they provide it. They care for all patients from the tiniest newborns at Tufts Children's Hospital to centenarians in their specialized Geriatrics clinic.
Tufts Medical Center was looking for a fresh approach for its annual fundraising evening, Working Wonders. Liz Page Associates was engaged to infuse the evening with new energy and execute an inspiring and motivating speaking program, with unique décor and graphics that advanced the theme and objectives of this premier fundraising event.
Since 2013, LPA has produced Working Wonders. Highly praised by physicians, guests and hospital administrators, the evenings have often feted distinguished honorees who were the subjects of compelling individual video profiles. Marty Baron of The Washington Post, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Gloria Cordes Larson, Esq, Governor Deval Patrick, Thomas F. Shields of Shields Health Care Group and Diana W. Bianchi, MD were among notable honorees.
Tufts Medical Center
The mission of FriendshipWorks is to reduce social isolation, enhance quality of life and preserve the dignity of older adults in Greater Boston. They accomplish this by recruiting and training volunteers of all ages, faiths and backgrounds who provide friendship, advocacy, education, assistance and emotional support.
FriendshipWorks has celebrated two important milestones – its 30th and 35th anniversaries. For any organization to reach that moment in its history is cause for celebration, but at a time in our country when loneliness is declared an epidemic by the Surgeon General, it was an excellent opportunity for public education and engagement. FriendshipWorks wanted a fun and friendly party with a purpose that brought in new donors and gave their dedicated volunteers a night to remember.
LPA was honored to be the producers of both anniversary fundraising galas. Branded My Friend, My World, folk singer Judy Collins was featured at the 30th anniversary gala and rock and roll legend Darlene Love was the star of the 35th. The atmosphere at each event was warm and inviting. The PetPals Program was the highlight of the cocktail receptions with volunteers who provide pet visits to isolated elders bringing their dogs to visit with guests in the PetPals Dog Park.