Barrister Winery

The Wishing Star Foundation fosters hope along with creating lasting memories for children with life-threatening conditions. In addition to wish granting, they support the child’s family beyond the wish. Wines & Wishes is just one of foundation’s fundraisers that enables these thoughtful wishes to be granted.

The Annual Wishes & Wines Dinner and Auction was held November 9th  2017 at the rustically romantic Barrister Winery in downtown Spokane. Guests arrived at 5:30pm to award-winning wine and a silent auction social hour. This well-planned silent auction included a stocked wine fridge that attendees could purchased random keys for $20 each for the chance of opening the lock and taking it home.

After a tasty buffet style dinner featuring dijon sage chicken the silent auction tables closed and the mystery key winner was revealed.

There was a lively dessert auction followed by the Live Auction which included regional trips, sporting tickets, wine dinners, wine tours and even Elves for Hire.

Elves for Hire! Sparkie & Pep’r’mn’t.

The Elves, who were auctioned off strictly go by Pep’r’mn’t and Sparkie. This festive duo specialize in children’s parties or home visits bringing Christmas magic, as well as  music, dancing and face painting.

The keynote speaker was Amanda Lassman, a former wish kid who eloquently shared her story of battling cancer and the joy of being a wish kid. It was a thrill and well needed retreat for her family to be granted a Breckenridge ski trip. This brightened her family and made for a memorable Christmas during a challenging time. This treasured escape from cancer brought not only joy during a uncertain time but created a lasting family memory that years later she was still very grateful for.

Keynote speaker and former wish kid, Amanda Lassman

Established in 1983, Wishing Star Foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses between the ages of 3 and 21, living in Spokane, the Tri-Cities and outlying areas. A child does not need to be terminal to qualify for a wish. Wishes vary from simple to elaborate but all offer an blissful escape from the scary and consuming circumstances.

Keynote Speaker, Wish Kid Amanda Lassman shares her story.

Wishing Star is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. They are dependent on individual gifts, fundraising, donations, grants and memorials. They are not funded by the government or United Way. Wishing Star is proud to report that only 5% of funds go towards administrative costs. Tonight’s event will assist in granting wishes for children in peril.

Besides making the wish experience one of the most memorable times in a child’s life, they believe that “once a wish family, always a wish family.” Wishing Star continues to support families who care for medically fragile children. They provide tickets to fun opportunities knowing that these families struggle emotionally and financially. This is all made possible by the wish granters who donate their time, money, goods and services that result in great joy for struggling child.

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