WGNI Make A Wish Spotlight

Each month we spotlight a different Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina family from our community & tell you a little about what they went through as a family and how Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina was able to help them. Read their stories and please click the Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina logo to make a donation today. Any amount helps and with that simple click you’re helping grant a wish that will change a child’s life.

JULY 2018

We’re excited to introduce you to the July WGNI Wish Spotlight, 5-year-old Eli! Eli and his mom Sarah came by the studio to tell us all about their incredible experience with Make-A-Wish Eastern NC. “It honestly meant everything to our family. After everything he had been through it was such a relief to go and enjoy ourselves and just see him have a good time,” says Sarah.

Eli was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor, a former of kidney cancer, and the family faced several challenges during his treatment. When Eli heard about the chance to have a wish with Make-A-Wish he knew right away where he wanted to go: “LEGO LAND”

Eli, his mom, Sarah, older brother, Oliver, and their grandma got the full red-carpet treatment visiting Legoland and staying at the Give Kids The World Village in Orlando Florida. “because my mom and his brother got to go it was just the best experience we’ve ever had!”

The family also got to visit Walt Disney World Resort and experienced the full magic of a wish every day returning to their room “there were cookies and stuffed animals! It was the BEST” says Eli.

You can help make wishes just like Eli’s come true, click the link and find ways you can get involved with Make-A-Wish Eastern NC. 

MAY 2018

This month we’re spotlighting 6-year-old Christian Miller from Wilmington. Christian and his family visited our studio to tell us a little about the difficult path they’ve been on and how wonderful their experience was with Make-A-Wish Eastern NC. When Christian was just 4 the family was told that he had leukemia, ALL, and was going to need to begin a difficult treatment regimen. Christian has been a “mighty warrior” throughout his diagnosis and still today as he goes to Chapel Hill for treatments once a week. “We walk in faith knowing he will be cured and fully recover and lead a long, healthy and vibrant life,” Monty Miller, Christian’s dad, said “and Christian has faced this with such strength.”

Christian Miller and his family


So when it was suggested that Christian could have a wish from the local Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina chapter the family was excited for the break in treatment and the special time together. In December 2017, Christian was granted a wish and flown to Disney World with his parents and 3 brothers, Caleb, Joshua and Jacob “Give Kids The World Village was INCREDIBLE! It was just so nice, they did everything for our whole family,” says Christian’s mom Stephanie, “getting to bypass the people and all the lines is the best gift ever!” “They rolled the red carpet out for all the kids, and it’s something they’ll never forget,” says Monty.

Christian spent time with his family visiting all of the Disney World parks and got to spend a special day at Legoland as well.

“It brings tears to your eyes to see a child’s eyes just light up, it’s just the best. If you’re thinking about donating, just don’t think, just go ahead and donate!”


APRIL 2018

This month we have the awesome people at O’Brien Service Company with us too! So if you’re in need of any HVAC services be sure to call O’Brien to help support our efforts with Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina. With over 300 children in our local area on the wait list, every little bit helps!

The good folks at O’Brien Service Company have been longtime supporters of Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina and they are putting that support on display for the entire month of April. Meredith and JP from O’Brien Service Company stopped by our studios to tell us about their involvement in the WISH Champions Campaign. WISH stands for We Inspire Strength and Hope and as a Champion, O’Brien service company is using their strength as a prominent business to help raise money to grant the wish of a child right here in Eastern NC. “Right now there are over 350 wishes waiting to be granted and we want to do our part to bring that number down” says JP “so for the month of April we’ll be donating a portion of our revenue from all our service calls, maintenance calls, and installations to our Make-A-Wish WISH Champions campaign.”

“That includes any products you by too!” says Meredith “air filters, thermostats, and other home air needs are included. Plus you can also make a donation on our website and with each $5 donation you get entered to win some really awesome prizes like gift certificates to area restaurants, Freakers, event tickets and even a 50 inch TV!”

Visit http://obrienservice.com/make-a-wisheastern-north-carolina-2018/ between now and June 14, 2018 to learn more and help the fundraising efforts! We are on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life with O’Brien Service Company and Make-A-Wish Eastern NC.

MARCH 2018

2018 Wish Ball on Saturday, April 21

This year Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina is celebrating 30 years of granting wishes for children with critical illnesses. More than 3,500 children have experienced a transformation that only a wish can provide. However, there are 350 local children currently awaiting their life-changing wish.

Join us at the 2018 Wish Ball on Saturday, April 21 at the Raleigh Convention Center to help us deliver wishes to these deserving children.  A limited number of individual tickets are available now! Secure your seat today. Together, we can transform lives, one wish at a time.



This month we shine our spotlight on one of the many invaluable volunteers with Make-A-Wish® Eastern NC. Jeannie Rodbell stopped by the studio and talked with us about the incredible impact being a volunteer Wish Granter has, “I don’t know how to put it into words because it brings tears to my eyes just to think about…being involved is priceless. They’re like my kids and I get to be the fairy godmother and come in and make something special happen for them. It means being able to put a light in their life and help them feel normal again.”

As a volunteer Wish Granter, Jeannie spends time with the wish kids getting to really know them and help them figure out what their one true wish is. “We dedicate as much time as needed helping them decide what they want because it is 100% THAT child’s wish, it’s all about what they want.” And Jeannie has seen some truly incredible wishes! From kids wishing to meet their favorite celebrity to a trip to the happiest place on earth, each wish is like a magic experience for both the kids and for the volunteer Wish Granters, like Jeannie. “We get to meet some incredible families and really make a difference, what more could you want, right?”

You can help support our efforts with Make-A-Wish®Eastern North Carolina and get involved. Click below to get all the information on becoming a volunteer, donating, or organizing a fundraising event in your community. With over 300 children in our local area on the wait list, every little bit helps!

(L to R) Ray Wagner interviews Jeannie Rodbell of Make-A-Wish Eastern NC. 

(L to R) Jeannie Rodbell of Make-A-Wish Eastern NC poses with Midday host Ray Wagner.

APRIL 2017

We have a big, exciting month of April ahead! This month we are honored to introduce you to Noel and her mom Gailyn as our Make-A-Wish Spotlight AND we’re introducing you to an outstanding local business that’s sponsoring our spotlight and doing some big fundraising throughout the month!

(L to R) Janis Netherland, Make-A-Wish Eastern NC, Gailyn Gagliardi, Noel Gagliardi, 

Noel and Gailyn came by the studio to talk with us about them magic they experienced during the most difficult of times. Noel was diagnosed with A.L.L. at just 5 years old and that sent the family on a 3 year course of uncertainty. During this time of treatments and illness they met the volunteers with Make-A-Wish® Eastern NC and were granted a wish that was an absolute dream come true!


The family spent time at Disney World and Give Kids The World Village and to hear it from Noel they rode “rollercoasters all day every day!” As we talked more it was incredibly clear that the beautiful, vibrant, 13-year-old young lady still remembered everything about her trip and holds the memories of her time wrapped in the love of Make-A-Wish very close. Gailyn says “it’s something we will never forget and it’s something that is hard to describe. I can say with full confidence that it was the ONLY bright light in our experience was Make-A-Wish. Their hearts are the purest of anything I’ve ever seen, we couldn’t be more thankful, more grateful to them.”

And this month we have the awesome people at O’Brien Service Company with us too! For every service O’Brien Service Company performs during the month of April a portion will be donated towards granting a child’s wish. These services include all our service calls, maintenance calls, and installations!  So if you’re in need of any HVAC services be sure to call O’Brien to help support our efforts with Make-A-Wish®Eastern North Carolina. With over 300 children in our local area on the wait list, every little bit helps! Click below to get all the information on how O’Brien is giving back this April!


MARCH 2017

Wow did we have a busy February granting wishes! The WISH Champions campaign wrapped up with over $100,000 raised locally to grant wishes! Awesome! And now we have an opportunity to celebrate the amazing work being done and help raise money at the same time with the Wish Ball.

Put on your dancing shoes and join us as we celebrate Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the annual Wish Ball at the Raleigh Convention Center. This is our chapter’s signature black-tie gala and celebration, and is proudly presented by Power Home Technologies. We’ll celebrate the wishes that have been granted throughout the year and recognize the many sponsors, donors, medical partners and volunteers who have played critical roles in the delivery of wishes.
Lively entertainment, featuring a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner and an exciting after-party! There’s still time to become a sponsor and purchase tickets! Get all the information HERE: http://eastnc.wish.org/news-and-events/wish-ball 


We’ve got a couple fun events this month that are going to help grant a wish! Wishes really matter and you can help make one happen while having a great time! Check out a few of the events for this month:



Come out to Flytrap Brewing Thursday, Feb. 16th and have a great time supporting LOCAL children in need! For every beer sold a $1 will be donated to Make-A-Wish Eastern NC. Flytrap Brewing specializes in American and Belgian style ales, their small batch brews are handcrafted and guaranteed to be at the peak of freshness.
-Every beer sold a $1 will be donated to Make-A-Wish Eastern NC
-Live music by Spencer Scholes
-YehMon51 Food Truck bringing you fresh and flavorful island style food
-Silent auction
– Gigi’s Cupcakes Wilmington, North Carolina will be selling their delicious cupcakes, all proceeds will go to Make-A-Wish Eastern NC



If you’re looking for a really FUN way to support Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina we’ve got it!  Saturday, February 25th, is the 2nd annual THROWBACK PROM at Ironclad Brewery from 8pm – 12am! Come dance the night away to the sounds of Sonic Spectrum, get your photo taken by Matthew Ray and enjoy beverages and light bites while raising funds to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina! This was a SOLD OUT EVENT last year, so don’t wait to get your tickets and start dusting off your favorite vintage prom dress and your dancing shoes!

This is a super fun night and GREAT way to have a night out with your significant other, girlfriends, co-workers or whoever just likes to have fun! CLICK HERE TO GET TICKETS AND SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION! 


Super Saturday Make A Wish Event

Please Join Gold’s Gym as we team up with the Media Mavens to help raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation! Our goal is to raise enough money to grant one local Wilmington Child their wish! We have several classes lined up for the day! Donations will be taken at all 3 of our locations (Racine, Porter’s Neck and Long Leaf). Class schedules for all 3 locations for this Super Saturday Event will be posted at each location! We will also be having a raffle! Snacks, drinks and giveaways will also be available for class participants! Bring a Friend for Free – It’s Fitness for a Cause! More details to come!


1027 GNI is so proud to support Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina in granting wishes for children right here in our community. This year we’ve increased our efforts to help grant wishes and we could use your help! Help us become a WISH Champion with a donation to our campaign. Wishes bring joy to children and their families in our community and together we can make more happen this year. Click the WISH image below to visit our campaign page and learn more. THANK YOU for your help in granting wishes!



Wish Upon A Chef 2016

Get your tickets now for Wish Upon a Chef, December 1, 2016 at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, with Wilmington Dermatology Center, GE Hitachi and One Hope Wines. This gourmet extravaganza features the culinary excellence of local chefs while raising funds to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions right here in our area. Enjoy signature dishes prepared by each of our participating chefs, while casting votes for your favorites! Be there for the fun along with celebrity judges, an exciting live auction, spirit garden & more! Purchase your tickets before they sell out HERE

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2016 – Lorissa, Jon and Natali


AUGUST 2016 – TJ

TJ White fam  TJ White JJ


JULY 2016 – Jenny and Lauren

Jenny July 2016 edit

APRIL-MAY 2016 – Stephanie, Andrew and Oliver

Stephanie April 2016  Stephanie April 2 2016  Stephanie April 1 2016


FEBRUARY-MARCH 2016 – New Year NEW Opportunity!

We gave away a Volvo XC90 with Parkway of Wilmington through Wish Upon A Car

Volvo MAW contest

Full contest rules HERE. What better way to help do some good AND get yourself in a new ride for the new year!

 DECEMBER 2015 – JANUARY 2016 – meet our WISH Champions

WISH Champions logo


Za'Niyah Oct 2015 2




Walk For Wishes 2015 GNI copy



JULY 2015 – Mia

Mia July 2015



JUNE 2015 – Erika



MAY 2015 – Jacob


MARCH 2015 – Kaylee














SEPTEMBER 2014-Dacey



AUGUST 2014-Christian

@ Chris Brehmer Photography


@ Chris Brehmer Photography



JULY 2014-Josh


JUNE 2014 – Ryan


MAY 2014 – Jazzmin, Solara, Brienna




APRIL 2014 – Jakeina






















JUNE 2013 – SEAN


MAY 2013 – TREY





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