Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina will host its annual black-tie Wish Ball at the Raleigh Convention Center on Saturday, April 18th. “Around the World in 80 Wishes” will feature a program highlighting several of the 2,900 children who have been granted wishes during the chapter’s 28-year history. The evening will include a VIP cocktail party, silent and live auctions, a plated dinner and a lively after party. Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina will also present its annual awards during the gala event, recognizing key supporters in the areas of medical outreach and philanthropy.
Shooting Star and Caregiver of the Year Awards
In honor of his work in pediatric cancer, the 2015 Shooting Star Award will be presented to Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, executive director of the Duke Cancer Institute.
“Dr. Kastan has been a leading voice at multiple national organizations, pushing the envelope for improved care and outcomes for children and adults with all types of cancer,” said Rick Deckelbaum, board chairman for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina.
Sridharan Gururgan, MRCP (UK), director of Pediatric Clinical Services and attending pediatric neuro-oncologist with The Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, will receive Caregiver of the Year.
“We could not ask for a more supportive, responsive and helpful medical provider to partner with in delivering our mission than Dr. Gururangan,” stated Kristen Johnson, President and CEO for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. “He is adored by his patients, our wish families, and we often hear the highest praise for Dr. G and his medical team.”
Philanthropist of the Year Award
Sensus, a Raleigh-based public service infrastructure solutions provider, has hosted its Charity Golf Classic during the past two years that has raised more than $70,000. Last year’s event drew more than 100 participants including Wake County resident Brandon Kerstetter who received his wish to play golf at Pebble Beach in 2013.
“Sensus is committed to the communities we serve and is proud to demonstrate this through events like our Golf Classic benefitting Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina,” said Jim Mundell, vice president of customer operations at Sensus. “We appreciate the support of our employees and sponsors for making this partnership so successful.”