Make-A-Wish 2019 NW Ohio BIG Wish® Gala…pass the tissues, please!


As the old saying goes: We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Three big principles of any solid financial plan are to save, spend and give. Most people forget about the giving part, though, because they think mostly about saving and spending.

But giving is just as important. It softens the heart of the giver and frees their soul from dependence on money. You’ll never walk away from giving feeling bad! (Source)

Those wise words from the money guru himself, Dave Ramsey, resonate in my mind as I eagerly raid my closet for something to wear to the upcoming Make-A-Wish 2019 Toledo BIG Wish® Gala!

There are currently 25 children in northwest Ohio who are awaiting their wish.

For details on how to get engaged with our chapter, please visit & follow on social media @makeawishohkyin.

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The organization is on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey.


Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana (Make-A-Wish OKI) will celebrate the dozens of life-changing wishes granted last year in northwest Ohio, and the generous community who helped bring those wishes to life at the Northwest Ohio BIG Wish® Gala presented by Toledo Molding & Die, Inc. on Friday, April 12th at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel.


This year’s gala honors the 15th anniversary of wish kid Travis’ book, “The Spider Who Never Gave Up.” Make-A-Wish OKI granted Travis’ wish to write the inspirational children’s book in 2004. Since then, Travis, who battles Cystic Fibrosis, has donated and sold more than 10,000 copies!

“Make-A-Wish is the reason I became the person that I am today.


“After a lifetime of Cystic Fibrosis and two double-lung transplants, I have learned a lot about life and purpose,” said Travis. “Make-A-Wish is the reason I became the person that I am today. My purpose was to make sure Sparkey’s message reached people. Make-A-Wish fulfilled my purpose.”

Several wish kids will be honored during the program including wish kid Braylon. His parents will share about his wish experience to go to the Pro Bowl.


Make-A-Wish OKI Gala special guest and emcee is 13ABC’s Christina Williams!

Huge shout out to all the generous sponsors for this year’s gala including Toledo Molding & Die, Inc., Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

To learn more visit:


WHEN: Friday, April 12th, 2019

6:30 p.m. Registration & Cocktail Reception

7:30 p.m. Program Begins


WHERE: Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

44 North Summit Street

Toledo, OH 43604


There are currently 25 children in northwest Ohio who are awaiting their wish.

The Toledo community can visit to learn more about ways to support Make-A-Wish and help make wishes come true for kids in northwest Ohio.

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