Make-A-Wish NM Hosts Virtual Wine & Wishes Gala 2020

Make-A-Wish New MexicoNews:

ALBUQUERQUE — Each year, Make-A-Wish New Mexico partners with businesses and individuals across the community to host a Wine & Wishes Gala to raise funds to grant life-changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses.

The gala was originally scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2020 but was postponed until July 10 due to COVID-19. Since large gatherings are still not possible, Make-A-Wish New Mexico decided to move forward with a virtual gala.

This year’s virtual Wine & Wishes will be broadcast beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, July 10. The gala also will include an auction and other “buy it now” options. The auction opens 8 a.m. today, July 8th and closes 9 p.m. Friday, July 10.

The premiere sponsors for this year’s Wine & Wishes Gala are Parnall Law Firm and JP & Ruth Espinoza. The gala will be hosted by Jackie James and Tony Manero from The JTD Show on 100.3 The Peak.

To register for the gala go to or log onto Make-A-Wish New Mexico’s Facebook page. There is no charge to watch the gala, but we do encourage individuals to make a donation to support a wish if they are able.

Each year the Wine & Wishes Gala raises funds to grant wishes for children battling critical illnesses. Last year’s gala raised enough funds to grant the wishes of more than 20 New Mexico children. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many wishes have been put on hold due to travel restrictions or bans on large gatherings that includes things like sporting events and concerts.

More than 120 New Mexico children battling critical illnesses are waiting for their wishes to be granted. Make-A-Wish New Mexico is working to gather the resources necessary to grant each one of these wishes as soon as it is safe to do so.

This year’s Virtual Wine & Wishes will feature New Mexico Wish kids sharing the power of a wish, as well as local celebrities who support the mission of Make-A-Wish.

“While we may not all be able to come together in person this year, we can still come together as a community and provide the gift of hope to New Mexico kids who are battling a critical illnesses,” said President & CEO of Make-A-Wish New Mexico, Sara Lister. “If anyone understands the isolation that comes along with an illness, it’s Wish kids. We want our Wish kids to know that their wishes may be postponed but they are not cancelled, and we will come together and make sure we have the money necessary to grant their wishes.”

Event Details

Make-A-Wish New Mexico’s Virtual Wine & Wishes Gala 2020

  • Friday, July 10, 2020
  • 6:00 p.m. Virtual Happy Hour hosted by Jackie & Tony
  • 6:30 p.m. Program including New Mexico Wish Kids
  • 7:00 p.m. Program concludes
  • Watch Live on Make-A-Wish New Mexico Facebook page or YouTube channel.


  • Opens: 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 8
  • Closes: 9 p.m. Friday, July 10
  • To register for the auction, go to and click on the Wine & Wishes logo.
  • For more information or to register for the gala, visit
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