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Local Sponsorships

Support An Event

Events provide high-visibility for corporate supporters and an opportunity to meet with former wish children and families who, as Wish Ambassadors for the organization, convey the power and magic of a wish fulfilled.

Increase corporate exposure and align with a nationally recognized charity by sponsoring a Make-A-Wish® Illinois event. Make-A-Wish ranks in the top 10 percent for all commercial U.S. brands for trust, quality, reputation, likelihood to recommend, social impact and emotional connection to consumers according to the 2017 Harris Poll Equitrend® Study US.

Event Sponsorship will:

  • Enhance company exposure
  • Differentiate from the competition and strategically align your organization with the Make-A-Wish brand
  • Support wishes in Illinois
  • Provide employees another reason to love working for your organization
  • Sponsorship benefits vary from event to event

Our staff would be happy to provide a sponsorship proposal for any of our events.

Walk for Wishes

Sonja Arnesen, Walk Manager

312.602.9425

Golf Outing or Wish Ball

Debbie Purcell, Signature Events Manager
312.602.9424

Women, Wine & Wishes

Nikki Lester, Gift Officer - Leadership Fundraising
312.602.9464

Associate Board Events

(Wishes Uncorked and I Wish to Party)
Kara Pietrowski, Signature Events Specialist
312.602.9430



  • Blue Bunny Sponors Walk for Wishes - 2017 / Chicagoland Walk

  • Wish alum Maddex with celebrity host Jon Hamm at Wish Ball 2018 presented by GATX Corporation.

  • Chicago Walk

  • Moline Walk

  • Wish Ambassadors

  • 2014 Women, Wine & Wishes at A New Leaf, Chicago

"Supporting the dream of a child gives work more meaning. We learned that by enriching the lives of wish kids our lives are enriched even more." ”

— Eve Metheny of Hamra Enterprises, a Panera Bread franchisee with over 30 locations in Chicagoland

Using the Make-A-Wish® Name and Marks

Use of the Make-A-Wish® Illinois name and marks is reserved for sponsors who complete a licensing agreement in advance of their event or promotion.

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Make-A-Wish® Illinois
640 North LaSalle Drive
Suite 280
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 602-9474
Toll Free (800) 978-9474