Members of the Young Professionals Council of the Make-A-Wish Foundation's Mid-Atlantic chapter.
Saturday represented a magical night for the young professional council members of the Make-A-Wish Foundation
's Mid-Atlantic chapter, as the group celebrated its first 'Night Under the Stars' annual benefit.
Indeed, the magic in the air that night perhaps was only eclipsed by the breathtaking views afforded by the Jones Day rooftop, with the law firm's Acacia Building home nestled squarely in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol Building.
Simply stated, the Make-A-Wish Foundation helps make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. And the nonprofit's Mid-Atlantic subgroup focuses specifically on local kids, with the money raised over the weekend earmarked for the immediate surrounding community.
While it's easy to get lost in the fantasy of dream vacations and celebrity encounters -- indeed, such escapism is precisely what the organization is all about -- such experiences, as provided by the nonprofit, serve a very real emotional purpose in helping all too young patients better face the challenges of their illnesses.
Helping drive home such a point on Saturday evening, current young professional council member Allison Somers
spoke firsthand about her childhood experience with Make-A-Wish while then a patient (she has since made a full recovery).
A ticket to the crowded fundraiser granted access to an abundance of entertainment options, including live magic and music performances, a prop-heavy photo booth, a seemingly endless silent auction table, and, of course, plenty to eat and drink.
All told, the event raised some $40,000 thereby wholeheartedly reaffirming the 'power of a wish.'