HONOLULU, HI- Make-A-Wish® Hawaii hosted its WISH! In the Wild West annual white gala at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina on May 5, 2018, raising much needed funding to grant the wishes of local children with critical illnesses. The gala, which assumes a different theme each year, is the nonprofit’s largest annual fundraising event.
More than seven hundred guests attended this year’s country western-themed gala, enjoying a barbecue dinner, a silent and live auction, and even rides on a mechanical bull. Guests were also entertained by musical performances from Hawaii’s top contemporary duo, Ben & Maila, Honolulu-based musical group New Hope Oahu Music, and a special guest—Nashville recording artist RaeLynn.
RaeLynn performed three solo songs—including “Queens Don’t,” the first new music released since her debut, award-winning record WildHorse—before giving a moving duet performance of “God Made Girls” with new wish kid Keira. Keira, who suffers from brittle bone disease, loves country music, and “God Made Girls” is her favorite song.
“We are so grateful to have had RaeLynn fly in all the way from Nashville to perform for us and to give Keira such a special start to her wish journey,” said Make-A-Wish Hawaii President and CEO Siana Hunt. “There was not a dry eye in the audience during their performance.”
RKT Media Founder and President Ryan Kalei Tsuji emceed the night’s festivities along with colleague and local television personality Kanoe Gibson.
Make-A-Wish Hawaii would like to thank all of the donors, vendors, volunteers, staff members, and supporters who worked to make this year’s gala a success.
“This year’s WISH! Gala was perhaps our most memorable and most successful to date,” said Hunt. “We were so humbled to see that so many people in our Hawaii community truly believe in the power of a wish.”
To learn more about Make-A-Wish Hawaii, visit hawaii.wish.org.
For more information about RaeLynn, visit raelynn.com.
About Make-A-Wish Hawaii
Make-A-Wish® Hawaii creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Honolulu, Make-A-Wish Hawaii is considered one of the top charities in the state, with 78 cents of every dollar raised going directly toward granting wishes in Hawaii. One of the first local Make-A-Wish chapters established, Make-A-Wish Hawaii continues to be among the busiest in the nation. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 700 volunteers have granted over 1,300 wishes for children across the state of Hawaii since 1982 and have hosted more than 14,000 others for children around the world; the chapter granted nearly 100 local wishes in 2017 alone, the most in its 35-year history. For more information about Make-A-Wish Hawaii, visit Hawaii.wish.org.
“Queens Don’t” is the first new music from RaeLynn since her debut record WildHorse arrived at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart and Top 10 on Billboard’s All-Genre Albums Sales Chart upon release. Directed by Sean Hagwell, the accompanying “Queens Don’t” video, which has tallied over 2 million views since release, follows the ACM New Female Vocalist nominee through a full photoshoot, offering fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her life. “Queens Don’t” has already been added to multiple playlists including Spotify’s Wild Country and Next from Nashville as well as Apple Music’s Best of the Week and Breaking Country. With over 230 million streams to date, RaeLynn is solidifying herself as a breakout artist. She co-wrote 11 of the 12 tracks on Wildhorse, which was recognized as one of the 40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2017 by Rolling Stone and a Best Country Album by UPROXX and Stereogum in addition to being a “People’s Picks” by People. The album’s lead single, “Love Triangle,” tells her personal story in a way that “is a raw and emotional account of what it’s like to be the child of divorced parents” (People), which media and fans immediately gravitated toward. “Queen’s Don’t” ushers in a new era for the singer-songwriter, who signed a new publishing deal with Tree Vibez Music (founded by Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Bryan Kelley) and released a special track, “Festival,” to coincide with the launch of Too Faced’s “Life’s A Festival” campaign. RaeLynn is the first country artist to be the face of a Too Faced line, which is available in stores worldwide. The breakout star has earned numerous award nominations from the Academy of Country Music, Radio Disney Music Awards and CMT Music Awards. She has performed on several national TV shows including TODAY, Late Night with Seth Meyers and ELLEN.