Wish-Granting Organization Aims to Reach the Stars
CHICAGO – Using this milestone anniversary to set a course for the future, Make-A-Wish Illinois celebrates 30 years by launching Reach the Stars, a celebration and campaign to achieve the organization’s vision of reaching every eligible child in Illinois with a wish.
Starting with a wish on the anniversary weekend of October 2, the months-long celebration will honor the stars that are the wish children of yesterday, today and tomorrow, as well as all of those across Illinois who help make wishes work wonders. As the festivities occur, Make-A-Wish Illinois will encourage people to Reach the Stars and help reach more than 1,000 Illinois children with life-threatening medical conditions in need of wishes each year through community outreach, mission education and other support.
Other events will include special recognition of the anniversary at community walk fundraisers and the annual back tie gala. Additionally, an inaugural Community Summit is planned for November to bring together volunteers, event organizers and past wish families to learn, exchange ideas and work together to help reach the goal of granting 1,000 wishes each year in Illinois by 2020.
“This anniversary gives us the opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come as an organization and gets us very excited for what our future holds,” said Stephanie Springs, Chief Executive Officer for Make-A-Wish Illinois. “Our grassroots origins continue today as we rely on community support and engagement across Illinois to achieve our vision of reaching every eligible child. It is a goal within our reach, and this milestone gives us the momentum to accomplish it by 2020.”
Incorporated locally on October 3, 1985 the chapter will celebrate wish children of the past, present and future through community events and wish experiences. Since 1985, Make-A-Wish Illinois has granted more than 13,000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish® with children across the state with help from dedicated volunteers and generous community members.
Wishes are granted to children with life-threatening medical conditions in Illinois. A child does NOT necessarily have to have a terminal diagnosis to qualify. For information visit illinois.wish.org.