Make-A-Wish Foundation holds its 8th Annual BIG Wish Gala

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Southern Ohio Region will hold its 8th Annual BIG Wish Gala A Night on the Town.

It is presented by Western & Southern Financial Group on Saturday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at The Westin Cincinnati. It is located at 21 East 5th Street.

The Olberding Family and Performance Automotive will be honored at the event for raising $650,000 and $172,000 respectively over the past several years allowing the Foundation to grant a combined 137 wishes.

"We have a memorable evening full of delicious food and outstanding entertainment along with several opportunities for guests to make a real connection to our mission," remarked Executive Director Tom Carleton.

Honorary wish children 14-year-old Abigail who wished to be a fashion designer and 12-year-old Andrew who wished to go to a U.S. tennis tournament will be on hand for the event, according to Carleton.

The event will feature live and silent auctions, cocktails and a gourmet dinner.  Guests will also enjoy toe-tapping music stylings inspired by Sinatra in a theatrical and musical performance by Matt Snow, the Cincinnati Sinatra.

Guests will be able to help make the wishes of local children like Abigail and Andrew come true by bidding in the silent and live auctions and pledging cash donations during Raise the Paddle.

The silent auction will be managed by Qtego, a media telecommunications company, according to Carleton. "Guests often miss out on an event because they hover over their bid sheets. Now they will be able to receive bid updates on their personal cell phones allowing them to enjoy all the Gala has to offer.

We hope that using Qtego's technology will help us raise more funds to enable us to grant more wishes."

Smartphones are not required as Qtego will work with any cellular phone. Standard text messaging rates apply. Qtego will provide bidding devices for those guests who do not have a cellular phone.

Funds raised through ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, silent/live auctions and Raise the Paddle will go towards granting the wishes of local children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

FOX19's Sheila Gray will be the Master of Ceremonies at the event.

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