Walk for Wishes Presented by Sonic Automotive Raises $136,000
BRENTWOOD (April 23, 2018)– On Saturday, April 21, Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee hosted its third Walk for Wishes event in Nashville. The fundraiser was held to celebrate the 1,600 wishes that have already been granted in Middle Tennessee and to raise money for future wishes. An estimated 1,000 participants attended Walk for Wishes at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The event raised $136,000, and the fundraising website will remain open for donations through the month of April.
“We had so much fun at this year’s walk,” said Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee President and CEO, Beth Torres. “We are grateful to Sonic Automotive for being our presenting sponsor! With the help of wish families, friends, volunteers and donors, we raised $136,000 to grant more life-changing wishes.”
The event included a family fun zone where kids and families engaged in activities like face painting, ballon art and corn hole. Superheroes and princess characters were on hand for the fun, along with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt’s mascot, Champ. There was also a live performance by musical group Dozzi.
The morning began with an opening ceremony emceed by Jessica Bliss, storytelling columnist for the Tennessean. The crowd heard from Walk Ambassadors Aly, Gabe and Mary Katherine who spoke about their wishes and what made their Make-A-Wish experiences so special.
Presenting sponsor Sonic Automotive’s Robert Holly joined Bliss and the Walk Ambassadors on stage for an exciting reveal. Wish Kid Joshua, who battles cancer, found out his wish to go to Walt Disney World® Resort is coming true.
Several awards were presented during the program. Merissa Newton received the Star Volunteer award. In her 16 years as a volunteer, she has helped grant over 100 wishes in three different chapters and more than 40 wishes in Middle Tennessee. GameStop won the Top Corporate Team award, raising more than $20,000 They will receive a pizza party courtesy of Hunt Brothers Pizza. Andie’s All-Stars won the Top Wish Family award. Her team will enjoy an exclusive Rolling Video party. The Young Leaders Board won the Top Friends and Family Award and will celebrate with a private party at Laser Quest Nashville. And, Tonya Thepthongsay won a Dell laptop as the Top Individual Fundraiser.
Walk for Wishes 2018 presented by Sonic Automotive a was made possible with additional support from Sonic Automotive, Guy Brown Diverse Business Solutions, The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Enterprise Holdings, Electronic Express, Construction Enterprises, Inc., Hunt Brothers Pizza, ATA Martial Arts, Bridgeview Bank Mortgage Company, Marti Loftis State Farm, Giardino Gourmet Salads, Civil Site Design Group, Nashville Moms Blog and CEI General Contractors.