Make-A-Wish® Colorado to Share the Magic Behind a Wish During Wish Night
February 23rd, 2018 * Hyatt Regency Denver Colorado Convention Center
DENVER, Colo. (January 23, 2018) – Attendees at Make-A-Wish® Colorado’s Wish Night, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Denver Colorado Convention Center on February 23rd, will be treated to a rare glimpse into the magical journey of granting a wish. Wish Night will spotlight 8-year-old Gabby, who is battling leukemia, from the declaration of her wish, “I wish to be famous!” to the granting of that wish. The insider’s view will include a look at the creativity and dedication that goes into developing a wish and the amazing magic that community members make happen behind the scenes. At the end of the journey, Gabby will take the stage to announce the musical performance of Joe King from The Fray.
In addition to Gabby’s story, Wish Night will also feature musical and dance performances by several Wish Kids, including a duet by 18-year-old Wish Kid Kenna and Joe King. Wish Night, Make-A-Wish Colorado’s annual fundraising evening, honors individuals and organizations that help Make-A-Wish Colorado share the power of a wish®. The event will include a live and silent auction and conclude with dancing and an acoustic set by Joe King.
“We are so excited to share the wish process with our guests,” said Joan Mazak, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Colorado. “It’s a humbling, inspirational and profound experience to grant a wish to a child who is battling a critical illness and we want to share those emotions with our supporters.”
Founded as one of the earliest Make-A-Wish chapters, Make-A-Wish Colorado is celebrating its 35th anniversary and has granted more than 5,000 wishes to Colorado children. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness, which may improve their quality of life and produce better health outcomes. Make-A-Wish Colorado board chair, Cory Tipton, says that a wish impacts the lives of everyone involved. According to Tipton, “A wish gives the child renewed energy and strength and also unites the family and community.” Tickets for Wish Night are available online at wish2018.gesture.com or by calling 303-750-9474.
About Make-A-Wish Colorado Make-A-Wish Colorado (http://colorado.wish.org/about-us) is part of the largest wish-granting organization in the world, with 62 chapters in the United States and 40 international affiliates serving 50 countries. Founded in 1983, the Colorado affiliate has granted more than 5,000 wishes to eligible children throughout the state. To qualify for a wish, a child with a critical illness must be older than 2 1/2 years and younger than 18 (at the time of referral) and must not have received a wish from another wish-granting organization.