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Oct 15, 2015

Our 15th Anniversary

Waiting for Wishes 2014
As the Make-A-Wish of Middle Tennessee chapter approaches its 15-year anniversary, I can't help but think of how many amazing wishes have been granted and how many more there are to come.

Milestones are made up of moments and on this special anniversary, I'm honored to reminisce over some of the magic moments I’ve experienced in our chapter, that to me, seem like just yesterday:

  • The first board meeting of the new chapter in 2000 – we had so much we wanted to accomplish
  • Board Chair, Jack Miller and I driving to Spring Hill, TN to pick up a $90,000 donation from a local resident that had passed away and left Make-A-Wish in his will because of a wish story he saw on the local news
  • In 2002, when NFL star Kevin Carter was traded to the Titans, called our chapter and wanted to start a celebrity waiters dinner – the rest is history
  • Meeting my friend Dierks Bentley at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital to sing a few songs for Wish Kid Connor Hunley
  • Speaking at our first Corporate Wish Breakfast at Belle Meade Country Club
  • Riding with the late Rob Bironas to the State Capitol to meet a crowd of Wish Kids, the “real” Macy’s Santa Claus and the Mayor for a photo shoot
  • My first board retreat as board chair when we set a fundraising goal of $500,000 and I couldn’t sleep that night
  • Granting our 500th wish in 2007
  • Winning the Infinite Wish Award in 2008 at the National Conference
  • Sitting at the Factory in Franklin watching Jonathan Cain and Emeril Lagasse address the crowd at our first annual Stars for Wishes event
  • Representing Middle Tennessee on the National Chapter Performance Committee

Some of my closest friends and family have been part of these great moments over the past 15 years…thank you!  And thank you to the thousands of volunteers, staff, and donors that have helped make all this possible.  Here’s to the next 15 years and all the moments yet to be created…

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