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 2017 Wish Ball Highlights




Guest Speakers
Wish Kid Rob and parents, Robert & Gwen.

Rob was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a baby.  In honor of his grandfather, Rob's wish was to go deep sea fishing in St. Thomas and made sure his grandma got to experience it too!

During the program, guests had the pleasure of hearing Rob share the highlights of his one-of-a-kind trip. Being a close family, the wish experience was deeply impactful on Robert and Gwen as well as Rob. During the program they also shared how Make-A-Wish supporters have been a source of joy in their lives.

Guest Speaker

I wish to go to San Francisco.

Amaya was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease during high school. When given the opportunity to have a wish granted, she wished to go to San Francisco with her family. Recently, Amaya took part in the chapter’s Trailblaze Challenge and hiked 28.3 miles and raised over $8,000 for wish kids. Amaya shared her story and inspired guests to continue giving to make wishes come true.




Inaugural Beth B. Taylor Volunteer Award

The 2017 Will Ball featured the inaugural presentation of the Beth B. Taylor Volunteer of the Year Award to Columbia resident, Dana Miller.
Beth Taylor has been a passionate supporter of Make-A-Wish for over seventeen years, granting more than 200 wishes, serving as Volunteer-Regional Leader for the Upstate and serving on the SC Board of Directors.


Surprise Gift for Wish Kid
Guests were also able to witness the incredible moment of Wish Kid, Rob receiving a gift live onstage from sponsor, Pure Fishing – a mounted replica of a barracuda he caught while on his wish trip. Rob’s shock and happiness radiated through the crowd leaving everyone feeling the powerful effects of the journey.

The program culminated in a live wish reveal for 3-year-old Grayson who learned on-stage that he would be leaving for Walt Disney World® Resort the very next morning.

Wine Pull
The cocktail hour featured a fun wine pull where participants had the chance to win a great bottle of vino valued between $30 and $300. Everyone was winner.

"I Wish To Go" Raffle
30 spots were available to win a BMW Ultimate Mixer Driving Experience & a Greenville Getaway to the Westin Poinsett through an exciting raffle.

Premium Wine Bar
Guests had the opportunity to purchase a premium bottle of wine. A professional sommelier was on-hand to answer any questions.

Silent Auction
During cocktail hour, guests bid in the silent auction featuring over 100 high-quality items from S.C. vendors and craftsmen

Live Auction
A high-energy live auction featured 5 amazing packages with one-of-a-kind dining experiences, perfect getaways and popular golf destinations.



Fine Dining
The evening provided an elegant seated dinner with gourmet dining provided by Southern Way Catering.


Entertainment by Palmetto Groove Band

The evening's entertainment was presented by Palmetto Groove Band.


Thank you to our 2017 Event Sponsors who made this incredible evening possible. Please click here to view our sponsors.

We are grateful to our 2017 guests and donors who, by supporting the Wish Ball, grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. 




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