, Salem, MA

November 28, 2013

Letter: Benefit backed Make-a-Wish

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

On Nov. 1, our team at Bella Sera Bridal was delighted to host “Wishing on a Starry Night” at the DoubleTree Hotel in Danvers to benefit Make-a-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The event drew more than 300 guests who were treated to dinner, a silent and live auction, and a spectacular fashion show. The evening was inspired by our admiration of the Make-a-Wish organization and all the children it has provided joy and hope to throughout the years. We were fortunate to have three wish recipients among us to help us spotlight the good work that they have done and continue to do with the help of generous donors like you.

The event surpassed all of our expectations. We will donate just over $16,000 to Make-a-Wish, and we are pleased that all of that money will be used to grant wishes to local children. We were touched and humbled by the outpouring of support from the community, the generosity of our guests and the collaborative efforts of so many volunteers who donated countless hours to the goal of putting on a spectacular event for a great cause.

There are too many people to thank individually but we would like to acknowledge our major sponsors including Michaud Mitsubishi, Giblees Menswear, Casablanca Bridal, Paloma Blanca, North Shore Plastic Surgery, Align Credit Union, East Boston Savings Bank, North Shore Bank, NexDine, Sheehan, Schiavoni, Jutras and Magliocchetti Law Office and Creative Office Pavilion. We would also like to thank our media sponsors, North Shore 104.9 and Northshore magazine. We had two amazing emcees, Lori Grande of JW & Lori on WKLB Country 102.5 and Lauren Beckham Falcone of WROR’s Loren & Wally show. We are also grateful to the dozens of businesses, in-kind donors and community members who so graciously supported the event. A special note of thanks to our staff, an incredible group of talented and passionate individuals who work hard every day to do and be their very best.

What an inspirational evening! We are so proud to be a part of such a passionate and generous community of people.

Lisa Almeida and Heidi Nicholson

Bella Sera Bridal