Blissful Wishes Ball turns dreams into reality for seriously ill

The Chicago Chapter of Wish Upon A Wedding hosted their 7th Annual Blissful Wishes Ball on November 7 at Morgan Manufacturing. More than 425 guests gathered to celebrate Wish-Upon-A-Wedding’s mission to provide weddings and vow renewals for couples facing serious illness or life-altering circumstances in all 50 states and to celebrate the 100th wish granted in Chicago. It was a joyous night led by new chapter president, Michelle Durpetti, and gala chair Misha Newgren.

The “Metallic Tie” themed ball decor was spectacular and designed by nine of Chicago's top event specialists who joined together to make this one memorable night. I loved the details that began at the spectacular photo opp area that featured a leopard settee with a stuffed quail, candelight, chandeliers and more to the interior of the dining space that literally took your breath away. Each table was stamped with a top designers' hallmark from floating boughs of lights to a canopy of flowers.

The evening began with an unforgettable performance by drummers from Beatmix Legacy Drumline exuberantly summoning guests into dinner. A touching, special ceremony was emceed by WGN TV’s Dina Bair. The 100th wish recipient, Anne Carmean (her husband Jon couldn't attend due to babysitting duties), was introduced and presented with a custom painting of her and her husband.

The program also included a cocktail reception, seated dinner provided by Food For Thought, remarks from Wish-Upon-A-Wedding’s National Board President Ali Phillips and President Michelle Durpetti, a live art performance by Elliot From, a live art auction and an “Afterglow” dance party provided by Becca Kaufman with 55 (!!!!) Becca Kaufman Orchestra musicians. I was so proud to be a Shining Star recipient along with Jessie Paré and Dan Bernstein.

Fabulous floral designers for the evening included HMR, Revel, StemLine Creative, Erin McDonald Co., Kesh Designs, Exquisite Designs, Fragrant Designs, Vale of Enna and Stems.

It was a love-fest for this most deserving non-profit that was founded in 2010 as a way to celebrate the courage, determination and spirit of couples, where one individual in the relationship is faced with a terminal diagnosis by granting their dream wedding wish. The charity also grants “Urgent Wishes” for individuals who are imminently ill. These smaller, intimate ceremonies may take place in couple's home, hospital or hospice facility within a few weeks after their wish is approved by the charity.

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