Make-A-Wish NH President & CEO Julie Baron and Make-A-Wish NH Director of Community Outreach Nikki Lyons Lahey accept a donation from Erica Auciello Murphy, director of communications and community relations for The Common Man, and Common Man CEO Vince Vella. The funds were raised at The Common Man's annual invitational golf tournament held this fall at Laconia Country Club. (Courtesy photo)

ASHLAND — The Common Man family in New Hampshire has exceeded $30,000 in fundraising in 2021 to help make wishes come true for Granite State children facing critical illnesses through a partnership with Make-A-Wish NH.

The hospitality family selected Make-A-Wish NH as the beneficiary of its fall invitational golf tournament, raising more than $17,000 at that event. Combined with fundraising efforts for July’s Rafting for Wishes for Make-A-Wish, the Common Man raised more than $30,000 for the organization this year.

“The Common Man has renewed hope, uplifted spirits, and encouraged the impossible,” said Julie Baron, president & CEO of Make-A-Wish NH. “They’ve transformed the lives of children across New Hampshire, giving them the power of a wish — their wish! It’s wonderful to have the support of some of the best leaders in our community, who are known to ‘Do Good.’ They bring their motto to life every day through their generosity.”

The Common Man has long supported the mission of Make-A-Wish NH, an organization that has been granting life-changing wishes for children with critical illness for 35 years. For more than a decade, restaurants in The Common Man family have sold paper wish stars, dedicated proceeds from an ‘Eat a Dish for Make-A-Wish’ menu, organized raffles, held spaghetti dinners and formed a Rafting for Wishes team to benefit the non-profit.

“We are grateful to our guests, staff, vendors and partners who always step up to support our Do Good efforts,” said Common Man CEO Vince Vella. “We wouldn’t be able to make such an impact for our non-profit friends without them.”

The goal of Make-A-Wish NH is to allow children fighting a critical illness to have a positive experience they can hold on to throughout their battle and beyond. Make-A-Wish strives to grant the heartfelt wish of every eligible child between the ages of 2.5 and 18 in New Hampshire. Each wish reflects the hopes and dreams of the individual child and fulfillment of that wish offers the excitement of anticipation, fond memories, hope for a better future, and truly delivers a life-changing experience to all involved. Learn more at

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