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The 5th Annual Wishmaker's Ball Raised over $205,000

Law Offices of Kinney, Fernandez & Boire Presented Annual Wishmaker’s Ball

Event Raised Over $205,000 for Children with Life-threatening Medical Conditions

Tampa, FL (March 31, 2014) – Make-A-Wish Central & Northern Florida held its 5th Annual Wishmaker’s on March 29, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. The evening featured a red carpet theme and honored Aggie and Manny Fernandez as the organization’s Wishmaker’s of the Year.

 “I would like to recognize two very special people for their generosity in helping us to grant the wishes of so many of our local children over the past 5 years,” said Make-A-Wish advisory board chair, David Pearlman. “Manny and Aggie Fernandez have given more than $105,000 to Make-A-Wish through the Law Offices of Kinney, Fernandez and Boire and over the years, and helped us raise another $300,000 through their influence in the Tampa Bay community.”

 The hosts for the evening, Cyndi Edwards and Jerry Penacoli from News Channel 8’s Daytime welcomed 400 guests at the light-hearted and luxurious event. Ball attendees heard and witnessed the talent of Joe Ginem, a 24-year-old wish alumnus who was touched by the power of a wishâ at age 16 when he wished to have his own professional-quality violin. Joe graced the audience with a powerful performance and shared the importance of his wish and his desire to continue to play even though he was facing the harsh reality of a deadly cancer, osteosarcoma. “Every day during treatment, I would wake up knowing that I was one day closer to getting that violin and it kept me going,” said Joe.

 “The Wishmaker’s Ball was a great success measured by both the enthusiasm of the guests and the generosity of local businesses and community leaders,” said Marcus Fernandez, Ball Chairperson, Make-A-Wish advisory board member and attorney at Kinney, Fernandez & Boire, P.A., the evenings presenting sponsor. The event doubled the proceeds from last year and had a record-setting night for the Make-A-Wish chapter, with $80,000 raised in one evening.

Proceeds from the 5th annual Wishmaker’s Ball, totaling $205,000, will help grant approximately 30 wishes in the Tampa Bay area, including Hillsborough, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas & Polk counties. Key sponsors of the event also included Moreno Joseph Spine & Scoliosis, Syniverse, Radiographic Consultants, Avison Young, UnitedHealthcare, and PNC Bank. Many other wishes are available for sponsorship. For more information on the wish granting process and to learn about how you or your company can get involved, please call 813.288.2600 or email

 About Make-A-Wish®

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, Make-A-Wish is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 65 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 174,000 wishes in the United States since its inception.

 The Central and Northern Florida chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® includes 54 counties serving the upper half of the state. It includes the Suncoast region in Tampa Bay, consisting of Hernando, Pasco, Polk, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. For more information about Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida, visit and discover how you can experience the power of a wish®.

 About Kinney, Fernandez & Boire, P.A.

For over 25 years the Law Offices of Kinney, Fernandez & Boire has proudly served the Tampa Bay Area by representing accident victims and injured workers. For more information, visit


Mar 31, 2014

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