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Make-A-Wish Foundation planning events

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Don Timmons

Don Timmons

Todd Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — As it continues to grant more requests from children ages 2-and-a-half to 18 with life-threatening medical conditions, the Triad office of The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina is in the midst of a series of special fundraising events.

On Feb. 24, the Triad office sponsored “Celebrity Serve for Wishes,” with at least 14 Winston-Salem restaurants and 27 celebrities signed up to serve meals.

The event, which in its first year netted $9,000 last year, aimed to net $15,000 this year, says Don Timmons, regional director.

On April 18 at Proehlific Park in Greensboro, the office will sponsor a “Walk for Wishes” that aims to net $30,000. Carrabba’s Italian Grill will donate and serve food at the event.

On June 7, the Triad office will sponsor a benefit festival at Corpening Plaza in Winston-Salem that will feature music, auctions and raffles and aims to net $20,000. Outback Steakhouse will donate and serve food at the event.

And in late summer, the office will sponsor a “Walk for Wishes” in Winston-Salem that aims to net $25,000.

Serving 16 counties from Moore County in the southern Piedmont to Ashe County in the northwestern Piedmont, the Triad office granted 76 wishes in 2008, up from 61 in 2007.

The chapter, which serves 51 counties, granted 220 wishes in 2008, up from 194 in 2007.

The cost of granting a wish averages $6,000 and varies based on the size of a child’s family, Timmons says.

The most frequent wish, for example, is for a trip to Disney World in Florida, and because the foundation covers the cost of travel for members of the child’s family, the cost can vary based on the number of family members.

“We appreciate the continued grassroots and corporate support we receive for our mission,” Timmons says.

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