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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 life-threatening medical conditions. These community-minded and passionate honorees, each raise the funds to grant one child’s wish in our community, a minimum of $9,000, during a two month fundraising campaign, enriching the children’s lives with hope, strength and joy 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 50 wishes collectively, raising nearly $500,000, since the Circle’s inception in 2015. 
If you would like to nominate an honoree, please call our office at 804-217-9474. To purchase tickets for the 2017 Richmond W.I.S.H. Circle Luncheon, please click here

 W.I.S.H. Circle Richmond


2015 Inaugural Class

Raised $262,045!

Wish Fairy Godmother:

Barbara McCarthy


Sally Ashby

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

Fundraising begins

January 18, 2017!


Ann Caudle

Dede Davis

Erika Davis

Linda Forem

Jennifer Gardner

Pat Haynes

Felicia Noland

Mary Harvard Nolde

Johnelle Torbert

Farrar Wentworth

Cindy Wofford


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



A wish granted is vital for children with life-threatening illnesses. 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