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Allyssa, 14

acute myeloid leukemia

“I wish to interact with a tiger cub.”


STAFF President & CEO Stephanie McCormick Finance & Administration: Jeff Wacha, Director of Finance Evelyn Morad, Office Manager Maria Ruvalcaba, Operations Assistant Mary Jamieson, Office Assistant Program Services Department: Christina Sandoval, Program Services Manager Karla Shemtov, Assistant Program Services Manager, Wish Assist Monica Fierro, Assistant Program Services Manager Michelle Cuellar, Senior Wish Coordinator Heather Craven, Wish Coordinator Lillianna Gomez, IE Program Coordinator Rachel Messina, OC Program Coordinator Robyn Dawley, Program Volunteer Coordinator Development Department: Sarah Pizzaruso, Director of Development Christine Gaxiola, Donor Care Manager Rebecca Kwait, OC Development Manager Francine Gobert, IE Development Manager Tina Robinette, Senior Development Coordinator Monica Cabral, Events Coordinator Rachel Greenberg, IE Development Coordinator Susan Brand, Development Associate Colleen Donovan, Public Relations & Communications Marissa Euperio, Volunteer Services Coordinator

To Our Donors, Volunteers, Wish Families, Staff and Board: Looking back at my last year on the board, I’m amazed at both how much we accomplished and how quickly the time passed by. When I joined the board in 2007, it was my first non-profit board experience, and I was excited and ready to take on my new responsibility with passion and dedication. Little did I realize that 2008’s economic downturn was just around the corner, nor how this new challenge would affect Make-A-Wish. When that challenge came along, the board quickly made the decision that big changes needed to be made if we were going to not only survive the upcoming years but continue to grow during them. It truly inspires me and fills me with joy that we have indeed grown as an organization, 2012 in particular under the leadership of CEO Stephanie McCormick, and more Make-A-Wish growth means more wishes for more children! In a very short period of time, Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire went through the greatest changes in its history and emerged stronger than ever. Our journey was filled with small steps and giant leaps, and we would not have made it through if not for the time, talent, support and dedication of our staff, board and donors. So many people played pivotal roles in getting us to the place we are today, and I owe them a debt of gratitude I doubt I can ever repay. And while I am proud of all we accomplished together, I am even more proud that no matter where we were on our journey, we never lost sight of our goal of granting wishes for children. To our donors and volunteers, I am especially appreciative of your unwavering support, and the trust you’ve placed in our organization. Because of your commitment and generosity, Make-A-Wish continues to be a source of hope for children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families. You make it possible for them to stop focusing on their situation and start focusing on their dreams.


2012 Board of Directors Thank you for allowing these families to dream again and for putting their dreams within reach. I do want to recognize and thank Rob Gundling and Tino Pagano, two board members who along with me have completed their six-year terms. Both of these gentlemen worked tirelessly for the chapter at a level that was unmatched at the time. We feel good knowing that we are leaving your new chairman, Michael Rapacz, an outstanding businessman and board member in his own right, with the best, most professional and dedicated board of directors in our 30-year history. When I look back at the past year as board chair, I know I met the challenges of 2012 head-on with the same passion and dedication I started with in 2007, and I know Michael and the 2013 board will continue to grow the organization. It’s been my greatest pleasure to serve this chapter as its chairman, and I leave knowing it’s in good hands. Thank you to each and every one of our board members, staff members, volunteers and wish families for truly making me feel, understand and share the power of a wish®. Best Wishes, Jon Storbeck Chairman of the Board 2011-2012

Dear Friends, Fiscal year 2012 was incredible for Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire in many different and wonderful ways. It was a very warm and memorable first year for me as the president and CEO of this great chapter. The outpouring of support from all of you – our donors, volunteers, staff and board – truly overwhelmed and amazed me. While this past year was one of transformation, our board remained focused and put in place a strategic direction with our main goal being simply to build the organization’s ability to grant more wishes. Expectations were high as fiscal year 2012 came to a close and we entered 2013, our chapter’s 30th anniversary. I am happy to report we were able to grant 311 wishes, the most wishes our chapter has ever granted in a single year! With a strategic direction in place, our progress has been and will continue to be made through a series of steps, making strides toward reaching our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child. Warmest Wishes, Stephanie McCormick President and CEO

Jon Storbeck, Chairman Ron Barnard Jim Carol Jeff Elder Rob Gundling John Hamilton Daniel Kim John Kontos Mike Lednovich John Link Kimberly Motta Ferril Onyett Tino Pagano Michael Rapacz Gretchen Sheckler Bryan Smeltzer Joel Solomon JC Timmons

Welcome New Board Members 2013 Joan Donnellan Jeff Larson Tim Mundy Terri Sacks Jeff Shepard Sieg Weber


McClain, 5

hemophagocytic syndrome

“I wish to go play football with the red team”

Scan to watch McClain’s wish come true!

311

local wishes were granted in 2012


“We have indeed grown as an organization... ... under the leadership of CEO Stephanie McCormick.” In September of 2011, the first month of the 2012 fiscal year, Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire welcomed seasoned non-profit leader Stephanie McCormick as its new president and CEO. With strength, determination and new leadership, we set out to accomplish the organization’s vision: to grant the wish of every eligible child. By the end of the fiscal year, our chapter had granted more wishes than ever before, 311 in total, putting us on a path toward realizing our vision. Under the direction of Stephanie McCormick, the Orange County and the Inland Empire chapter of Make-A-Wish will grant every child’s wish through “small steps and giant leaps.” Each step we take is another step closer to our goal.

New Leadership

Stepping toward our goal of granting the wish of every eligible child


Outstanding Mission Performance Award – 2012 recipient, awarded by Make-A-Wish America

Samantha, 8

acute lymphocytic leukemia

“I wish to be a princess”


“We never lost sight of our goal” Throughout 2012, Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire stayed child-centered and mission-focused, knowing that a granted wish is vital for children with life-threatening medical conditions. A recent wish impact study shows: • 89 percent of nurses, doctors, social workers and child life specialists say they believe the wish experience can influence wish children’s physical health • 74 percent of wish parents say the wish is a positive turning point in their child’s battle against their illness. Wish children have said a wish provides the ability to see themselves as more than someone who is sick. Wishes have the power to turn life-threatening illnesses into life-affirming triumphs.

nMissioed Focus

Stepping toward our goal of granting the wish of every eligible child


Jorge, 5

retinoblastoma

“I wish to be a soldier”

11,000 volunteer hours were logged in 2012

Scan to watch Jorge’s wish come true!


“Because of your commitment and generosity... ... Make-A-Wish continues to be a source of hope for children with life-threatening medical conditions.� Our chapter is able to carry out its mission of granting wishes through the support of the community. Without the help of local donors and volunteers, we could not exist. Although Make-A-Wish is well-known around the world, the Orange County and the Inland Empire chapter operates on a completely local basis. We raise funds locally and grant wishes to local children. There are currently close to 400 active volunteers helping with such things as wish granting, fundraising and community events. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization.

nity u m m o C rt Suppo

Stepping toward our goal of granting the wish of every eligible child


Scan to watch Mikyla’s wish come true!

700

local children qualify for a wish, but more funding is needed

Mikyla, 6 Rett syndrome

“I wish to have a Standing Dani”


“Thank you for allowing these families to dream again... ...and putting their dreams within reach.” Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. These wishes are not a “last” or “dying” wish but an endorsement and gift of life. The majority of children who receive wishes fully recover and have the chance to live out their dreams. A wish many times is a catalyst for children, bringing them to a place where they believe their dreams can come true. The wish experience truly empowers children and strengthens families. Make-A-Wish is not only for terminally ill children but for all children who face life-threatening illnesses.

Empow e Famil ring ies

Stepping toward our goal of granting the wish of every eligible child


Tim, 15

synovial sarcoma

“I wish to go to the 2012 Olympics�

4,500

local wishes have been granted since 1983


With fiscal year 2012 behind us, we look to the future with great anticipation of what is to come. We also look back at our history and see all the incredible work that has been accomplished. Since our inception in 1983, thousands of wishes have been granted to local children. Fiscal year 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire. It is an honor and privilege to have served the children and families in our community for the past three decades. In October of 2012, our chapter hosted the inaugural Evening of Wishes gala in celebration of this important milestone. It is our hope to see you this October at the 2nd Annual Evening of Wishes and together continue to create many future dreams for the deserving children in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

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Stepping toward our goal of granting the wish of every eligible child


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Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire granted 311 local wishes in 2012. Our chapter also assisted with granting the wishes of an additional 447 children who came from all over the world to have their wishes granted in Orange County and the Inland Empire. Approximately 96 percent of those wishes were to go to Disneyland.

Savannah, 3 germ cell tumor

“I wish to have a pixie party”

Christopher, 14

Brittany, 17

Burkitt’s lymphoma

acute lymphocytic leukemia

“I wish to have a shopping spree”

“I wish to have a fancy dinner”


Thank you for making wishes come true We extend our deepest appreciation to the following businesses, events, service organizations, foundations and youth groups who have given donations to help fulfill the dreams of our wish children. The following list represents donors who gave $1,000 or more between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012. We apologize if we inadvertently left anyone off the list. In-Kind Adidas Classic Store America’s Mattress Inc. Ashley Furniture HomeStore Avis Car Rental Black, Starr & Frost Bradford Portraits Bragg Crane Services Castle Ivar Classic Party Rentals Classique Limousines Crown Valley Holdings, LLC Dave & Busters - National Office Davismade, Inc. Disney World Disneyland Community Relations Disneyland Resort - Public Affair Dept DonateGames.org Electra Cruises Entertainment Industry Foundation EXPO Design Center Fatburger Give Kids The World Grand Hyatt Guitar Center High Energy Productions Hilton Waikoloa Village Homewood Suites Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Irell & Manella LLP Island Hotel Newport Beach John Baikie Kaiser Permanente Knott’s Berry Farm/ Soak City USA Legoland California Living Spaces

McDonald Benedict Collections Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Microsoft Store Mission Inn National Seating & Mobility, Inc. Norwegian Cruise Line - National Partnership Oakley Paradise Pier Hotel Pioneer Electronics Rainbow Play Systems Robert Miller Rubio’s San Diego Zoo Sea World Adventure Park Signature Party Rentals Southwest Airlines Travel Vouchers Stater Bros. Charities The Horizon Hotel The Resort at Pelican Hill Toys R US - National Office Universal Studios - FL Universal Studios Hollywood Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Wells Fargo Rewards Westin Maui Corporate Donations and Employee Giving A & T H Trust Agelcares Foundation Ahern Insurance Brokerage Airlinx Alexander’s Mobility Services All American Sales And Services American International Group Anaheim Bolts AT&T United Way Employee Giving Campaign

Bank of America Beacon Bay Enterprises, Inc. Beta Benefits Insurance Services, Inc. BJ’s Restaurants Foundation Black, Starr & Frost Bremer Whyte Brown and Omeara LLP By Invitation Only California Property Solvers Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation;The Car Donation Foundation Cars 4 Causes Cha Cha’s Tacos & Tequila Charitable Adult Rides & Services Charitable Auto Resources, Inc. Citizens Business Bank Charity Golf Classic Collectives Brands Continuum Health inc. Cox Communications, Inc. Cresa Partners of Orange County LP Crown Valley Holdings, LLC CVSPIN, Inc. Deloitte Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. Disneyland Resort Dollar Tree Distribution, Inc. E.M. Transportation, Inc. ECS Refining Edison International Employee Contributions Campaign El Torito Elie Tahari LTD. Employee’s Community Fund Of The Boeing Company Experian Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour


First American Title Insurance Company Fluor Employee Giving Campaign Foam Concepts, Inc Fore Me LLC Foreclosure Radar Frederick J. Hanshaw Properties Front Door Give With Liberty Grace Heritage Corporation Grainger Foundation Hahn & Bowersock Hansen Beverage Company Huntington Beach Municipal Employees Association Hyundai Capital America Informa Research Services, Inc. Ingram Micro Philanthropic Committee Inland Valleys Association of Realtors Investor Experts, Inc. Jetro Cash & Carry Enterprise, Inc. Keller Williams Kelley’s Kookies Keystone CPA Lake Elsinore Outlets Link Murrel & Chang Loandepot.com LLC M B Restaurants, Inc. Mackenzie Corporation Macy’s Foundation Massage Envy Co-Op Marketing, LLC Members Give Powered By Justgive Merchant Services Moody, Cummings & Balasanian, D.D.S., Inc. Morgan Drexen Integrated Legal System National Fundraising Management Neudesic Nora Lighting, Inc. Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Oakley Ontario Convention Center

Orange County Business Bank Pacific Contours Pacific Technical Resources, Inc. Panera Bread Foundation Parker Hannifin Corporation Pechanga Resort & Casino PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Quest Software REO World, Inc. Schwab Charitable Fund Schwarzkopf & Henkel Sempra Energy Employee Giving Network Shoebacca Sideshow Collectibles Spreebird A Local.com Company SSG Financial Group, LP Stater Bros. Charities Systems And Software Enterprises, Inc. Tax & Financial Group The Visionlink Advisory Group, Inc. The Walt Disney Company Foundation Think Insurance & Financial Services Total Wine & More Tri-State Seminar on the River Truist Altruism Connected Union Bank W. Brown Associates W. L. Butler Construction, Inc. Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign West Coast Realty Community Groups Harley Owners Group ISCC - International Society of Children With Cancer Leadership Tomorrow Marine Clerks Association Local 63 ILWU Moms Club of Irvine-Northwood National Charity League Inc. Riverside Chapter National Charity League Rancho Irvine Orange County’s United Way

Riverside Uptown Kiwanis Charities Inc. Grants and Foundations E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation Eichenberg-Larson Charitable Foundation H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation Opus Community Foundation Orange County Community Foundation Pacific Life Foundation Sheckler Foundation Thagard Foundation The Coeta & Donald Barker Foundation The Crean Foundation The James & Glenys Slavik Family Foundation The Kiger Foundation The Rodman Foundation Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program Walmart Foundation Wells Fargo Bank Foundation Community Members Allen and Cathy Warner Ana Salazar Atul Patel Austin Molina Barry Boscoe Brian and Deborah Eichenberg Bryan and Lisa Smeltzer Chris Leahy Christine Grybos Craig and Ann Neil Cynthia Zablan Daniel and Joan Kim Darren and Nancy Young David and Nina Fleming David Ekedal De Moyle Howell Dennis and Becki Caresio Dennis Kuhl Donna Hicks


Douglas and Julie Garin Ed Jarrin Edward and Patricia Henry Elaine Carman Fumi J. Sinohui Gary Brown Gary Mayer Glenn Smith Graham and Susan Kemsley Greg and Lois Marshall Greg Sieger Gregory and Susan Acosta Harold Burkhart Jack and Ferril Onyett James and Cynthia Carol JC and Ashley Timmons Jean Doyle Jeff and Diane Shepard Jeff Elder and Karla Kjellin-Elder Joel and Melinda Lipman Joel and Nancy Solomon John and Claudia Link John and Kelli Hamilton John and Mary Krebs John and Sherry Phelan John Kontos and Nathan Barnhill Jon and Katie Storbeck Joy Grindeland Joyce Schweppe Karen Brief Kaveh and Lori Matin Kenneth and Susan Recker Kenneth Worsham Kimberly Motta Kyle and Kathy Nelson Logan Lewis Margaret Leonard Maria, Medhat and Michael Bechay Mark and Jody Theissen Mary O’Callaghan Michael Meyer Michael Rapacz Michael Sweig Mike and Shari Lednovich

Mike Morhaim Nick Louis Noah Hudson and Sarah Pizzaruso Paul and Arlynn Feldman Paul and Kim Lapiana Poppy Banks Randy Berg and Janice Day Rebecca Kurkhill Richard and Tracie McCloskey Robert and Ali Bartholomew Robert and LaDonna Gundling Ron and Jan English Ron Barnard and Nancy Mills Ruben and Karen Vogel Russ and Stephanie McCormick Ruth Arnoldt Sam and Sandra Moon Sean and Denise Barrett Stephen and Betty Drake Stephen and Mary Smith Stephen and Stacey Ganem Steve and Holly Snyder Terri Sacks Thomas Metz Tino and Donna Pagano Todd and Karen McDonough Todd and Victoria Orlich Tyler Gilbert Victor Perrillo Warren David Johnston William Kline William Van Vleet Schools and Universities Alpha Phi Foundation Arlington High School Brea Olinda High School Corona del Mar High School Costa Mesa High School Culverdale Elementary School Team Kids Dana Hills High School El Toro High School Fountain Valley High School Laguna Beach High School Laguna Hills High School

Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. Marina High School Mission Viejo High School Murrieta Mesa High School Newhart Middle School Newport Coast Elementary School Newport Harbor High School Northwood High School Ocean View High School Rosary High School Sage Hill School Sigma Phi Epsilon - Beta Gamma Chapter at UCR St. Anne School St. Catherine of Siena Parish School Tesoro High School Top of the World Elementary School Trabuco Hills High School Travis Ranch School Tustin High School Westminster High School Community-Hosted Events 5th Annual W. L. Butler Construction, Inc. Golf Tournament 17th Annual We Care For Kids Golf Tournament - hosted by Tax & Financial Group 2011 Charity Gala hosted by The Passionate Life Foundation Course of the Force Dave’s Wish Ride Enzoani Fashion Show and Dress Sale Friends of Wayne Ruhnke Halloween Party Just For Kids Golf Tournament hosted by Ed Henry and Gregg Combs Lobsterfest at Newport Beach Mike’s Long Walk Across America Red, White and Dine Wine Extravaganza The Share the Love Charity Event 2012 - hosted by Paul and Arlynn Feldman


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Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2012  

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and jo...

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