For the 2012 Make-a-Wish Foundation Wish Night Gala & Auction, writer Jennie Moore and I teamed with designer Leigh Beach and illustrator Kong Lu, both from PopCap Games. I daresay the results were a hit. Not only did the Foundation raise $1.1 million that night — which we take complete and total credit for — but we also received accolades such as:

“I came into work right now because I was so excited to see the invitation. It is STUNNING! My hands practically shook when I took it out. Every element from the design, illustration, colors, paper and printing are phenomenal. The final piece is amazing.”

And this:

“Oh my gosh…to say that these are lovely is an understatement. They surpassed my already high expectations and better adjectives might be stunning, magnificent and gorgeous. Thank you to our incredible creative team. You guys are simply amazing!”

Okay, they do go a little overboard on the buttering up. But we can take it.

This year’s theme, Destination: Imagination, was expressed in a beautiful invitation suite that included an illustrated map of the Kingdom of Imagination. The multi-piece invitation came wrapped in the map, tied with butcher’s string.

None of this would be possible without the support of our friends at Litho Craft, who have printed the Gala invitation suite for the past 6 years and have given many thousands of dollars in in-kind donations to help make this magical night a possibility.