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December 14, 2017



The signature event will feature wish kid, Eli, as a special guest.

Statewide, SC, December 14, 2017– In February 2017 all eyes were on the stage as wish kid, Grayson, walked onstage at the Wish Ball. The audience held their collective breath as the emcee told Grayson, "You’re wish is coming true!"

Wish kid Eli

Applause thundered through the ballroom as guests experienced that powerful moment.  Now, we invite you to be a part of the 5th Annual Wish Ball so you too can be a part of an evening celebrating wish granting for children with critical illnesses in our communities .  Guests enjoy an unparalleled experience, seeing firsthand the transformative power of wish granting.

The Wish Ball is an enriching opportunity to directly support the wishes of local children, helping provide wish kids with much-needed hope and strength. Make-A-Wish South Carolina aims to raise a record $300,000 to help us reach our goal to provide more wishes to kids who need the medicine of hope.

The gala will be held on February 24, 2018 at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center in Columbia S.C. at 6pm.

This year, attendees can look forward to meeting the guest of honor, wish kid Eli from Lexington, SC who recently received his wish to go to a Red Sox game. Twelve-year-old Eli has battled lymphoblastic leukemia and his wish gave him a source of joy to focus on during remaining treatments.

Eli’s mom, Robin, stated, "Knowing he had a wish kept him going.” She went on to comment, “You know, it’s almost overwhelming because the generosity of everyone involved was so amazing."

Another notable appearance during the evening will be Mike Ciprari with SJC Drums. Mike became a Make-A-Wish advocate after helping grant a wish for Goose Creek wish kid, Jose. Jose wished for a professional drum set.

"When I was invited to speak at The Wish Ball in February, I was once again floored. It’s an honor to once again relive this experience that meant so much to me," Mike said. "Make-A-Wish does amazing things, and the fact that I can be a small part of it is humbling and exciting. We work with some of the biggest drummers in the music industry, but nothing compares to the interaction I had with Jose that day, and I can't wait to share that with other people."

In addition to Eli and Mike, guests can anticipate hearing additional inspiring speakers, enjoying fun event highlights, gourmet dining, fantastic silent and live auctions and live music. 

This event sells out so we encourage purchasing your tickets early at

Here are more ways you can support The Wish Ball:

Become a Sponsor

Sponsors are vital to the success of the gala and our goal to raise a record $300,000 to directly benefit the children we serve and their families.

Sponsorships are available at several levels to accommodate varying budgets and provide maximum benefits of brand alignment for your company. Visit to download a Sponsorship Opportunities brochure.

Purchase Tables

Purchase a table and enjoy seating for eight plus wine service. Purchase tables online at

Donate an Auction Item

Highlights at each gala are the live and silent auctions.  From destination getaways, to housewares, to art, auctions provide exciting entertainment for guests and help raise needed funds for wishes. If you have an item or service you would like to donate to the auction, please download the Auction Donation Form at Your gift can make the difference in a local kid with a serious medical condition receiving his/her wish.

For more information, contact Maggie Morton at or 864-250-0702 x109. You may also visit

We encourage supporters to spread the word about the 2018 Wish Ball using the hashtag #SCwishball on their favorite social media network.

About Make-A-Wish® South Carolina

Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish mission to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish believes hope is medicine.  Wishes provide wish kids with hope, renewed energy and strength- aiding them in facing their conditions and in healing.  The transformational experience of a wish also unites communities and bonds families’ closer together.

Make-A-Wish South Carolina granted 184 wishes last year, averaging to a wish every forty-eight hours.  The chapter receives funding through private donations, individuals, companies and special events. For more information about Make-A-Wish South Carolina, visit and discover ways you can help make wishes come true.

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Press Contact

Crystal Alifanow
Communications and Community Relations Manager
225 South Pleasantburg Drive C17
Greenville, SC  29607

Phone : (864) 250-0702 x103
Fax : (864) 250-0704

Make-A-Wish® South Carolina
225 South Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 250-0702
Toll Free (800) 293-9474