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W.I.S.H. Circle

W.I.S.H. Circle celebrates outstanding women and raises funds.The W.I.S.H. (Women Inspiring Strength and Hope) Circle empowers women, recognized for their significant professional and civic achievements, to fund the wishes of local children facing critical medical conditions. These community-minded and passionate honorees, each raise the funds to grant one child’s wish in our community, a minimum of $10,000, during a two month fundraising campaign, enriching the children’s lives with hope at a time when they need it most.

At the conclusion of the campaign each year, Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia hosts W.I.S.H. Circle Luncheons in Richmond and Hampton Roads to honor these outstanding women for their achievements and personal commitment to Make-A-Wish. The honoree who raises the most funds is crowned the Wish Fairy Godmother.

Our W.I.S.H. Women play an integral role in our mission, having funded more than 80 wishes collectively, raising nearly $800,000, since the Circle’s inception in 2015.

To learn more about our Richmond W.I.S.H. Circle, including purchasing luncheon tickets or making a gift to an Honoree, please visit 

If you would like to nominate an honoree, please call our office at 804-217-9474. 


W.I.S.H. Circle Richmond


2015 Inaugural Class

Raised $262,045!

Wish Fairy Godmother:

Barbara McCarthy


Sally Ashby

Michelle Busby

Kelly Chenault

Maria Curran

Kim Gottwald

Jannemieke Keener

Cathy Keiger

Beth Ann Pretty

Angela Wilkes


2016 Class

Raised $154,336!

Wish Fairy Godmother:

Jill Bussey Harris


Paige Blashfield

Stephanie Calcagni

Kathleen Cavanagh

Martha Chapman

Christy Clary

Lila Dickinson

Sunny Goode

Cheryl Slokker

Meredith Thrower


2017 Class

Raised $228,054!

Wish Fairy Godmother:

Erika Davis


Ann Caudle

Dede Davis

Linda Forem

Jennifer Gardner

Pat Haynes

Felicia Noland

Mary Harvard Nolde

Johnelle Torbert

Farrar Wentworth

Cindy Wofford


2018 Class

Raised $190,122!

Wish Fairy 


Courtney Worrell


Paige Clay

Kate Crone

Emily Fishburne

Robin Heath-Kahn

Mary Leipertz

Tracy McGuire

Nikki Miller Ferguson

Courtney Orensky

Holly Shaheen

India Sisler


W.I.S.H. Circle Hampton Roads

2016 Inaugural Class

Raised $57,706!

Wish Fairy Godmother:

Debra Flores


Julia Anderson

Karen Downs

Ellen McBride

Courtney Wallace

2017 Class

Raised $76,215!

Wish Fairy Godmother:

Terri Lavenstein


Rita Bunch

Lisa Hartman

Deborah Morewitz

Julie Trudell

Lucy Williams


A wish granted is vital for children diagnosed with a critical illness. It has the power to change lives.

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Make-A-Wish® Greater Virginia
2810 N. Parham Road
Suite 302
Richmond, VA 23294
(804) 217-9474
Toll Free (800) 234-9474