Summer of Wishes

Each summer, groups and individuals hold fundraisers that support A Special Wish Foundation – Dayton Chapter (ASW). Not only are needed funds generated, but many more people are reminded about the importance of the organization’s mission to grant wishes to local children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. 

Summer and early fall are chock full of events and festivals that support ASW.  Leading off the summer ASW partners with Bonbright Distributing Co. to raise money on beer sales at the three dates in the Five Rivers MetroParks Pickin’ in the Park series: Fridays May 3, 2019, June 7, 2019 and August 2, 2019.  Held at Riverscape MetroPark, this family-friendly event has live music and food trucks. 

Benefitting A Special Wish Foundation, The Greatest Showman is a dance and musical revue with something for everyone. Professional and Professional-amateur ballroom routines. Lyrical and formation presentation and even vocal performances. This is no ordinary dance concert. Even Dr. Ann Austria Bockrath, the celebrity dancer winner of the 2019 Special Wish Foundation Dancing with the Dayton Stars event, will be preforming. Call 937-291-2000 for tickets which are $20.00 advance ticket/$25.00 at the door on June 22, 2019.

Saturday, June 29, 2019, a wish family, the Bridenbaughs, are hosting the 6th annual Cruise the ‘Gate Car Show.  Held in honor of their son Michael who won his battle against leukemia, this event is family-friendly and has something for everyone.  The event will be held at Golden Gate Park in Brookville, OH.  Show your car off or just show up to look at the amazing cards, bid on silent auction items, or event enjoy the traveling petting zoo.

Make plans NOW to attend the 35th Annual Trans Am Nationals, celebrating ALL 1967-2002 Pontiac Firebird models with proceeds going to ASW! 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the birth of the Trans Am so we're celebrating the milestone '69, '79, '84, '89, '94 and '99 Anniversary Trans Ams. Besides over 400 gorgeous 'Birds to see, there's: Thursday night drag-racing at Kil-Kare, DJ, Friday Night Karaoke, Mini-Nat's (hundreds of models, promos and die-cast 'Birds), Saturday night Tipp City Cruise-In, parts vendors all weekend and some of the best car people you will ever meet. If you own or love Firebirds, the Trans Am Nationals is the ONLY place to be August 23-25. Bring your 'Bird, a friend AND a friend's 'Bird - see you there!

Last but not least, Glow Fore Wishes will be back this year, August 23rd! It’s the only night of the year when you can hit the links after the sun sets. Glow Fore Wishes is a great night of golf where the only light on the course is by the neon glow of the balls, flags, pins, and hopefully a full moon. Held at Community Golf Club, each foursome receives one glow ball per player, two carts, access to the driving range, 1 beverage ticket per player, entry into the Hole-in-one Challenge and late night breakfast buffet! Prizes will be awarded to winning foursomes on both courses, women's and men's closest to the pin, and longest drive. Register is open at

Mark your calendars now to attend these events and support the Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation.  If you are interested in hosting your own event, visit or call Amber Maham, Development and Special Events Manager for ASW at 937-641-4263.

A Special Wish Foundation – Dayton Chapter grants wishes to children and adolescents from birth through 20 years of age in Montgomery, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Greene and Shelby counties who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Since 1983 the Dayton Chapter has granted more than 1,700 wishes.