FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAKE-A-WISH® MIDDLE TENNESSEE’S WALK FOR WISHES PRESENTED BY FRANKLIN KIA RAISES $135,000
On Saturday, April 8, Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee hosted its second Walk for Wishes event in Nashville to help raise money to grant wishes for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. An estimated 1,000 participants were in attendance at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The event raised $135,000, and the fundraising website will remain open through the month of April.
“This year’s walk was so much fun,” said Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee President and CEO, Beth Torres. “We are grateful to Franklin Kia for being our presenting sponsor! This year, our walkers and sponsors helped us raise $135,000, that’s $20,000 more than we raised last year at the Walk. That kind of community support is what helps us grant wishes. We hope that everyone is already looking forward to next year.”
The morning included a family fun zone where kids and families took part in activities such as face painting, balloon art and corn hole. Vanderbilt University’s mascot, Mr. Commodore, the Nashville Predators’ mascot, Gnash, and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt’s mascot, Champ, were all on hand for the fun. Kenny Smoov from 92Q had the crowd dancing all morning and Miss Tennessee Teen USA Megan Ski Hollingsworth stopped by for a visit.
Jessica Bliss, storytelling columnist for the Tennessean, served as emcee for the pre-walk program. The crowd heard from Wish Ambassadors McKenzie, Levi, Jalen and Lily, who spoke about their wishes and what made their Make-A-Wish experience so special.
Presenting sponsor Franklin Kia’s Dan O’Brien joined Bliss and the Wish Ambassadors on stage to share some exciting news. Anniston who has battled Chiari malformation, found out her wish to go to Hawaii is coming true.
Several awards were presented during the program. GameStop won the Top Corporate Team award, raising more than $17,000. They will receive a pizza party courtesy of Hunt Brothers Pizza. Team Jessica won the Top Wish Family award. Her team included the Vanderbilt Women’s Basketball team. The Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee Young Leaders Board won the Top Friends and Family Award. And, Wish Kid Liam won the Top Individual Fundraiser award. He raised money in celebration of completing his chemotherapy treatment.
Walk for Wishes 2017 presented by Franklin Kia was made possible with additional support from 92Q, The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial, Crowe Horwath, Culture Studio, GameStop, Hunt Brothers Pizza, and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Event Hashtag: #WalkForWishes2017
About Walk For Wishes® Presented by Franklin Kia: Walk For Wishes® Presented by Franklin Kia is a family-friendly one-mile walk where wish kids, volunteer, and community members can come together in support of the Make-A-Wish mission. Enrich the human experience of children with life-threatening medical conditions by helping raise money for local wishes by participating in the walk.
About Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee: Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. With the help of generous donors and nearly 33,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grand a wish every 34 minutes and has granted more than 285,000 wishes in the United States since inception in 1980; 15,346 in 2016 alone. Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee grants wishes in 38 counties and was the winner of the prestigious 2015 Infinite Wish Award. For more information about Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, visit middletennessee.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.