Make-A-Wish: 40 Years of Reaching for the Stars

A packed ballroom celebrated 40 years of wishes at the annual Wish Ball for Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic at the Ritz-Carlton on 22nd Street on Feb. 25. Full of joy and inspiration, the special evening showed the magic of a wish. The fundraiser made dreams come true for local kids facing critical illnesses. As gala organizers have said: “A wish brings healing beyond medicine. Research shows, and physicians agree — wishes can help improve a child’s quality of life and produce better health outcomes.” 

Laura Evans Manatos, Alison Starling, Emma Starling, Linda Carter, Board Member Todd Howard, Board Chair Mike Manatos and Peter Alexander.

Lynda “Wonder Woman” Carter.

Wish kid Marissa Riddell and her parents Scott and Melissa, along with Marissa’s wish granter Fran Finkelstein.

Spiro Verras, Christine Warnke and Roman Verras.

Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Board Chair Mike Manatos and Laura Evans Manatos, co-chairs of the Wish Ball.


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