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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. 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, Hampton Roads and in the Blue Ridge community 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 150 wishes collectively, raising over $1 million, since the Circle’s inception in 2015.

To learn more about our Blue Ridge W.I.S.H. Circle or our Hampton Roads W.I.S.H. Circle, including purchasing luncheon tickets or making a gift to an Honoree, please click the appropriate link below.

Blue Ridge W.I.S.H. Circle

Hampton Roads W.I.S.H. Circle

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

W.I.S.H. Circle Blue Ridge
2019 Inaugural Class
Honorees: Jaime Clark, Sarah Coleman, Katy Cookston, Kristin Elder, Robin Kahl, and Misty Reed

W.I.S.H. Circle Richmond
2015 Inaugural Class Raised $262,045!
Wish Fairy Godmother: Barbara McCarthy
Honorees: Sally Ashby, Michelle Busby, Kelly Chenault, Maria Curran, Kim Gottwald, Jannemieke Keener, Cathy Keiger, Beth Ann Pretty, and Angela Wilkes
2016 Class Raised $154,336!
Wish Fairy Godmother: Jill Bussey Harris
Honorees: Paige Blashfield, Stephanie Calcagni, Kathleen Cavanagh, Martha Chapman, Christy Clary, Lila Dickinson, Sunny Goode, Cheryl Slokker, and Meredith Thrower
2017 Class Raised $228,054!
Wish Fairy Godmother: Erika Davis
Honorees: Ann Caudle, Dede Davis, Linda Forem, Jennifer Gardner, Pat Haynes, Felicia Noland, Mary Harvard Nolde, Johnelle Torbert, Farrar Wentworth, and Cindy Wofford
2018 Class Raised $190,122!
Wish Fairy Godmother: Courtney Worrell
Honorees: Paige Clay, Kate Crone, Emily Fishburne, Robin Heath-Kahn, Mary Leipertz, Tracy McGuire, Nikki Miller Ferguson, Courtney Orensky, Holly Shaheen, and India Sisler
Fall 2018 Class Raised $151,160!
Wish Fairy Godmother: Jenny Courain
Honorees: Mary K. Butler, Julia Caperton, Currie Costen, Robin Foster, Michelle Logan, Shannon Milligan, Kathleen Mills, Katie Ukrop, and Team Rainraps (Stacy Struminger & Rachel Teyssier).

W.I.S.H. Circle Hampton Roads
2016 Inaugural Class Raised $57,706!
Wish Fairy Godmother: Debra Flores
Honorees: Julia Anderson, Karen Downs, Ellen McBride, and Courtney Wallace                                                                                                                     
2017 Class Raised $76,215!
Wish Fairy Godmother: Terri Lavenstein
Honorees: Rita Bunch, Lisa Hartman, Deborah Morewitz, Julie Trudell, and 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