SALT LAKE CITY – Make-A-Wish® Utah is celebrating their 30th anniversary of granting the wishes oflocal children who are facing life-threatening medical conditions.
Proclaimed by Gov. Gary R. Herbert, “Wish Week” begins Monday, October 5. This week-long celebration is dedicated to the heartfelt wishes that Utah children experience during their medical journeys. All events lead up to the granting of 18-year-old heart transplant survivor Melissa’s wish for a debutant-style Masquerade Ball, to be held at the Utah State Capitol on Friday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.
As part of the celebration, Make-A-Wish Utah is pleased to announce the naming of the newly renovated Wishing Tower — the special place where children declare their wish. In honor of the We Promise Foundation; a philanthropic division of Chartway, HeritageWest and SouthWest Credit Unions, and their generous contributions over the years, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to reveal the tower. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 7 at 10 a.m.
“We are excited to celebrate 30 years of granting wishes in Utah,” said Jared Perry CEO of Make-A-Wish® Utah. “Words cannot express our gratitude to the countless donors, corporations, volunteers and the many other individuals who help share our mission and make it possible for us to serve these deserving children. The outpouring of generosity felt from our community is tremendous and we wouldn’t be where we are today without their continued support.”
Since Make-A-Wish Utah’s inception in 1985, the organization has granted nearly 2,900 wishes, and will grant their 3,000th wish in 2016. This year, they aim to grant 185 wishes, an average of 3 wishes a week to children who need extra hope, strength and joy during their medical battles.
Guests attending festivities throughout the week will have the special opportunity to experience the power of a wish and how it brings hope, strength and joy into children’s lives.