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Connect With A Wish

Enhancing the lives of children in Hampton Roads foster care

Filming + Editing + Visual Storytelling

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Video Director, Editor & Producer
2 months. Presented at annual gala in April. 2023. 
Joy Rios - Founder & CEO
Alison Fagan - Program Manager
Storyboarding, Final Cut Pro, Canon XCS, Lavalier Mic


Creating a virtual tour of the Connect With A Wish Facility to encourage donors to get involved and give back.  

Established in 2014, Connect With A Wish (CWW) embarked on a mission to grant the wishes of every child in Virginia Beach foster care. Over the years, our initiatives have expanded, encompassing additional projects dedicated to addressing various needs within the system.

My goal was to produce an engaging virtual tour video of CWW, showcasing the impactful community work undertaken by the organization. This video serves as a means to reach those unable to physically visit the facility, providing insight into the breadth of activities at CWW and inspiring viewers to participate or contribute through donations.

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* The video premiered at the CWW Annual Gala in April 2023, garnering enthusiastic praise from attendees. As a result, CWW experienced increased fundraising success and successfully engaged newcomers to the cause, motivating them to become involved in our mission

The Problem

Largest fundraising event cancelled due to COVID-19 

Operating a non-government funded non profit organization is incredibly difficult to do when it solely relies on donations from the community. I have witnessed how hard Joy Rios and team work to plan fundraising events for CWW.


Due to COVID, CWW was unable to hold its largest fundraising event of the year. Because of this, CWW experienced a great decline in donations and were forced to figure out how they would reach donors in a virtual space. 


The Opportunity

Capture the mission of CWW through visual storytelling​

In March 2022, I was able to visit CWW to film for the virtual open house fundraising event. 

After watching too many Architectural Digest Celebrity Home Tours, I decided this would be a fun way for Joy, Founder of CWW, to tour viewers around the facility and give them a glimpse into the work that goes into this organization. 


The Solution

Connect With A Wish Virtual Tour

Connect With A Wish has used this video for many events including virtual open house, prom, and their gala event "Wish Upon A Star."


Community leaders have commented on the amazing work of CWW as captured by this video and how having a glimpse into what the every day looks like really put into perspective just how hard the team is working to make an impact in the Hampton Roads community and beyond.

Check out their website to learn more. 




Below are a few photos I took while filming. A few are being used for website and social media content. 


Special thank you 

This project would not have been possible without the help and guidance from Founder of CWW, Joy Rios and Program Manager (and my best friend), Alison Fagan. 

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