Chris Winter, CEO of Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina



Chris has called Raleigh home for 16 years with his wife and three children. An avid sports fan, he's been involved in several areas over the years including golf and most notably as an ice hockey coach for 25 years. His passion for non-profit work developed over the past 12 years as he's worked & built valuable community relationships in previous organizations. Through that dedicated work he was introduced to the mission of Make-A-Wish. When the opportunity presented to take the helm as President & CEO, Chris eagerly accepted and has been hard at work with the team.


Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, serves all medically eligible children who reside in the 49 counties from the Triangle to the coast. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 350 volunteers across eastern North Carolina, grant a wish more than every other day, on average, across its region. Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina has granted more than 3,600 wishes; more than 1,000 in the last five years alone. For more information, visit

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