The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles kicked off the 2008 A Season of Wishes holiday campaign this weekend at Westfield Topanga.
The campaign will feature six “weekly wish nights” that will be open to the public and held at various locations including Westfield shopping centers throughout LA every Tuesday evening. As a media partner, Fishbowl LA will be there to cover them, bringing you the sweet, heartwarming stories that will shake the cynicism right off ya.
The first wish of the season was granted to 18-year-old Austen Mayer from Long Beach, whose wish is to see the New Zealand All Blacks rugby game. Austen will leave for Dublin on Nov. 11, in time to watch the All Blacks team play against Ireland on Nov. 16th.
This weekend’s event featured Kiara Williams, 7, of Inglewood whom we met when her wish to visit Disney World in Florida was granted last year.
“Weekly wish nights are a great way to experience the power of a wish first hand. And, for those of you who have been privileged to be present when a child’s wish is granted, you know that it is an emotional experience that brings most of us to tears,” said Mark Wallengren, radio personality for KOST-FM and emcee for the campaign unveiling.
In a release, Paulette Pasciuti, CEO of The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, said, “Through the generous support of our campaign partners, sponsors and volunteers, we have reached our goal of raising awareness and funds, year after year. This year, with the dedicated help of everyone involved, we intend to exceed our past successes and grant even more wishes than in prior years.”
“This is our second year as the official online media partner for A Season of Wishes and we are delighted to take part in bringing awareness of this holiday wish granting campaign to the Los Angeles community,” said Laurel Touby, senior vice president of mediabistro.com. “Although our stories tend to be more entertainment focused, the holiday season is the perfect time for us to share the heartwarming wishes of the Foundation’s deserving children.”