June 2, 2020

COVID-19 Whales for Wishes Update

Dear Whales for Wishes Family,

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the current state of North Carolina’s reopening measures, we made the difficult choice to cancel the Whales for Wishes 2020 bottle share. We exhausted all options and waited as long as possible to make this decision. However, given the nature of the event, we simply could not guarantee the safety of event-goers, which is our top concern.

We know this sucks, however, there is some good news. Even without the 2020 bottle share, together we raised over $115,000 for Make-A-Wish – more than double what we raised in 2019. We’re also getting a head start on planning next year’s bottle share.

For those who purchased tickets, you have three options:

  • Use your ticket for next year’s event –  This is the default, so there is nothing you need to do if you want your ticket to automatically carry over. If next year you’re unable to make the event, you’ll have the option to get a refund or transfer your ticket to someone else.
  • Convert your ticket to a direct donation – In this uncertain time, it’s more important than ever for us to step up and bring hope, strength, and joy to wish kids and families in our community. We ask that if you are able, to let your ticket cost convert to a direct donation to Make-A-Wish Central and Western NC. If you’d like to do this please email Chris Webber at cwebber@nc.wish.org.
  • Get a refund – If you want a refund now, email Chris Webber and he’ll issue one to the card you used.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all so much for your ongoing support of Whales for Wishes. It means more than ever right now to support local nonprofits, especially the likes of Make-A-Wish that have such a strong positive impact on our community. Stay safe, and take care of each other.


The W4W Team

Whales for Wishes is an annual bottle share and rare beer raffle that raises money for Make-A-Wish Central and Western NC. All logos, content, and images copyright Whales for Wishes.