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Official newsletter of Make-A-Wish速 Orange County and the Inland Empire

warm wishes

Sarah, 8 juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia

I wish to be a chef

2013 spring ISSUE

Our staff & board 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, Asst. Program Services Manager, Wish Assist Monica Fierro, Assistant Program Services Manager Michelle Cuellar, Senior Wish Coordinator Heather Craven, Wish Coordinator Lilliana Gomez, IE Program Coordinator Rachel Messina, OC Program 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 Board of Directors: Michael Rapacz, Chairman Ferril Onyett, Vice Chair John Link, Treasurer JC Timmons, Secretary Kathy Bardsley, Director Ron Barnard, Director Jim Carol, Director Joan Donnellan, Director Jeff Elder, Director Daniel Kim, Director John Kontos, Director Jeff Larson, Director Mike Lednovich, Director Kimberly Motta, Director Tim Mundy, Director Terri Sacks, Director Jeff Shepard, Director Cheryl Watton, Director Sieg Weber, Director

Special thanks

to our 30th Anniversary Sponsor!

Congratulations Stephanie on being chosen as one of OC Metro’s 20 Women To Watch!

From the CEO To our donors, volunteers, wish families and friends, Wow, what a great start to a new year! In the first four months, we’ve had the honor of granting 89 wishes to local children from all over Orange County and the Inland Empire, as well as assisting 169 children from out of town who traveled to our chapter to have their wishes granted. We are on track to grant 335 wishes in this fiscal year (which ends in August) – the largest number ever granted in one year in the history of our chapter!

Also something new this April was hosting two, back-to-back, spectacular Walk For Wishes® events in Riverside and Irvine. We welcomed more than 40 wish alumni families, who joined 1,700 walkers for a day of fun, friends and festivities. We were thrilled to have such enthusiastic participation from our local community, corporate teams and sponsors; they pave the way for us to be able to grant more wishes!

We kicked off 2013 with a new program called “Women’s Circle of Wishes.” Fueled by a founding council made up of 24 incredible local women, our goal is to fund 20 wishes in the coming year. We would love to see more amazing, philanthropic women get involved and give of their time and talents through fundraising and volunteerism. Please see page 11 for more details about the group. Help our “circle” grow by joining us and make an impact on countless lives!

We love the momentum we are seeing with increased support from the community, our tireless volunteers and our very generous donors. Each of you helps us put smiles on the faces of our wish children, one wish at a time – one smile at a time, providing a lifetime of memories. Best wishes and many thanks,

Stephanie McCormick President & CEO


On the cover

8-year-old Sarah becomes a cupcake chef for a day Sarah is a precocious little girl from Riverside who loves everything pink. She loves to draw, paint and work on puzzles, but more than anything, she loves to bake. After being diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, Sarah was introduced to Make-A-Wish and given the chance to have her one, true wish granted.

For this future culinary artist, the wish came easy. Sarah said, “I want to be a chef and cook for my two brothers and my parents!” Sarah’s wish granters set out to create a magical experience for her. On her wish day, Sarah was picked up in a beautiful limousine and taken to Casey’s Cupcakes, where she was greeted by a huge crowd of Make-A-Wish volunteers, cheering and holding signs for her. Casey Reinhardt, owner of the bakery and winner of the popular television program, Cupcake Wars, was also on-hand to work one-on-one with Sarah and help her become a real chef. Sarah was given her very own pink apron and taken into the shop where she cracked eggs, mixed the batter and filled the cupcake tins. While the chocolate cupcakes (her favorite) were baking, she went back outside where all her fans, a.k.a. MakeA-Wish volunteers, were waiting. She helped judge a cupcake contest and signed

autographs. When asked, she said if she could invent a cupcake it would be called “Island Retreat” – a tropical fruit-flavored cupcake with fruit-flavored icing! When her cupcakes were finished baking, Sarah went back in to decorate them. She emerged a short while later with a big smile stretched across her face and delivered her cupcakes to the crowd – and of course to her brothers, mom and dad. This was truly a dream come true for Sarah. Her parents will cherish the smiles they witnessed that day and will no doubt be the recipients of more of her baking. “I’m sure this will be something she will remember for the rest of her life,” said Sarah’s mother, Marina. Sarah’s wish provided strength to face tomorrow, hope for a healthy future and joyful memories to last a lifetime … with some delicious baked treats along the way, courtesy of their little chef.


We were thrilled to host more than 1,700 participants at this year’s Walk For Wishes events in Riverside and Irvine this April. Walkers enjoyed more than just a little exercise – with games, entertainment, raffles and treats throughout the day! Thanks to all of the incredible support from local companies, volunteers, participants and donors, we raised more than $225,000 to grant wishes! We are already looking forward to next year’s event – watch our website for the 2014 date!

Photo by Mystic Lake Photography

Photo by Dave Thomas


Photo by Erin Shimazu Photography

Photo by Image Works Photography & Design

Photo by Dave Thomas

Photo by Image Works Photography & Design

Photo by Erin Shimazu Photography

Huge thanks to the following companies and vendors for donating their services to our Walk For Wishes events!

Photo by Todd Bischoff & Gallery 59 Photography

Photo by Todd Bischoff & Gallery 59 Photography

Photo by Dave Thomas

Above top: The Disney VoluntEARS (led by Make-A-Wish board member Jeff Larson) celebrate their second year as the top fundraising team. Above left: Disney Ontario Warehouse celebrates as the top fundraising team in Riverside. Above right: More than 100 Make-A-Wish volunteers made these events possible.

Thank you to our top teams! Disney VoluntEARS Women’s Circle of Wishes Pacific Contours UCI Greek Songfest Disneyland Ontario Warehouse The WishWalkers I WISH ... you would join my team Team J-dog MAWOCIE Advisory Council

A special shoutout to our highest fundraising participants! Steve Takenaga Jon Storbeck Sarah Pizzaruso Susan Myers Janine McDonald Stephanie McCormick Patti Emmerson

Thank you to our sponsors

Adora dolls Always Just For Fun Bagels & Brew Bandit Band Bricks 4 Kidz Irvine Burrtec Waste Castle Park Dave Thomas DOCTOR’S Ambulance Service Don As Alice, Alice Cooper Impersonator Don’s Lock and Key Elite Elvis Tribute Empire Media Productions Erin Shimazu Photography Famous Dave’s Legendary BBQ Fantastik Faces Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlours Gallery 59 Photography GeekyChic Photography Hansen’s Natural Hero 4 Hire Image Works Photography & Design Inland Orange Conservancy Jack FM JCPenney Tyler Mall Karacters 4 Kids Kelley’s Kookies Kris Patton Promotions Kristin Carson as “Britney” – Tribute Artist Lamppost Pizza Lucky Stars Entertainment Max and Jake – our event hosts from Farrell’s! MCIA Dance Group Mimi’s Café (Costa Mesa) Miss Greater Inland Empire Miss Orange County Regional Mountain Mike’s Pizza Mystic Lake Photography Orange County Register Paige’s Magical Face Painting Quakes Baseball Radio for the People Riverside County American Medical Response Robert Michaels Illusionist Sam’s Club Riverside #6378 Shayne Jack Slaters 50/50 Specialty’s Café Starbucks Talk Show Legends Tempt In-Store Productions The Compassionate Clown Company The Press-Enterprise


Share The Love Charity Event raises record numbers

Left to right: Tim and Angela Martin, Paul and Arlynn Feldman, JoAnne and Joel Douglas, Sherrie and Ron Auen

On February 16 and 17, we were proud once again to be the beneficiary of the 6th Annual Share The Love Charity Event hosted by Paul and Arlynn Feldman of Indian Wells. The event, presented by Caddyshack, encompassed a host of exclusive activities around the Coachella Valley. Guests had the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive golf tournament held at Mr. Larry Ellison’s private estate and golf

course – Porcupine Creek, a tennis tournament at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, and an evening event held at the historic La Quinta Resort and Club. The evening event included a sit-down dinner, unrivaled live and silent auctions, entertainment and dancing. This year’s event generated more than $360,000 to directly fund wishes in the Coachella Valley and its surrounding area.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation has been a workplace giving participant since 2003

Participate in Wishmakers at Work® to make more wishes come true! Wishmakers At Work® is a turnkey workplace giving program that encourages employee engagement and team-building opportunities. We provide a toolkit that includes everything you need to launch, market and run a successful campaign!

Contact us to get your company started! 714-573-WISH (9474)


Orange County: Rebecca Kwait

Inland Empire: Francine Gobert

Volunteer Spotlight Meet a member of our team Barb Jensen is no stranger to the Make-A-Wish office, coming in often to visit the staff and help out wherever needed. You can also find Barb at most Make-A-Wish community events throughout the year, volunteering her time and services at fundraisers and special events for wish children. We asked Barb to share a little about her volunteering experiences: What keeps you coming back to volunteer each year? The positive office staff and environment, friendships I have made throughout the years, the smiles on children’s faces, and the behindthe-scenes preparations have all made a positive impact on my life. Who wouldn’t come back for more? Sharing, having fun and tearing up at events make Make-A-Wish a big part of my life. What have you learned or how have you been personally affected from your experience with Make-A-Wish? Being around positive, exciting, and energetic people has influenced my life for the better. I feel more energetic and passionate about life and helping those in need. Make-A-Wish and its offerings to me make my day. Seeing an appreciative smile or glisten of joy in a child’s eye says it all.

NAME: Barbara B. Jensen CITY: Seal Beach

What has been the most rewarding, touching or memorable experience for you? The most memorable experiences are the 4th of July and Christmas cruises because I am able to communicate with not only the wish children but also their parents. Being a listening ear not only gives the families an outlet to vent, but also gives me the first-hand knowledge of how extremely special all these children and families are. For reasons beyond what I can imagine, these families are truly more appreciative and positive. They know what appreciation is all about. Do you have any advice for individuals considering volunteering with Make-A-Wish? Open your hearts and minds and put joy in a child’s heart and smiles on their faces.

Join Barb and become a volunteer Currently, we have a special need for wish granters in Riverside & San Bernardino counties, Spanish-speaking volunteers and community outreach volunteers. Contact us at to learn more!

Seeing an appreciative smile or glisten of joy in a child’s eye says it all.

April was National Volunteer Month! We are so incredibly fortunate to have a dedicated, passionate and hardworking mission-delivery team made up of our wonderful volunteers. Thank you for giving of your time and energy to support our local wish children and their families. We cannot thank you enough for all that you do!

Seth, 16 Hodgkin’s lymphoma

I wish to have a shopping spree


Local Wishes Samantha, 16 epilepsy

I wish to go skiing in Colorado

Olamide, 5 cancer of the eye

Kevin, 6

I wish to have a playset

desmoplastic small round cell tumors

I wish to go on a shopping spree

Kendra, 12 Hodgkin’s lymphoma

I wish to go to Walt Disney World Resort

Fernando, 14 Ewings sarcoma

I wish to have a Microsoft Surface Tablet

Seanna, 8 limbic encephalitis

I wish to have an iPad2

Ryan, 6 neuroblastoma

I wish to see the snow

Colin, 16 immune deficiency

I wish to go to Atlantis

Jason, 6 heart disease

I wish to go to Hong Kong


Aydin, 5 Wilms’ tumor

I wish to be a singer

To see a video of Aydin’s wish, scan below!

Ian, 18

Benjamin, 11

primary immune deficiency

tetralogy of fallot

I wish to go to Hawaii

I wish to have a customized special-needs bike

Kristopher, 10 Wilms’ tumor

I wish to have a Monster Truck Grayton, 8 acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Dayline , 14 sickle cell

I wish to have a 14th birthday party

I wish to go on a Disney Cruise

Dear Make-A-Wish,

for the Hawaii wish I want to thank you all so much our family. The trip trip you provided to Kelsey and to do everything was unbelievable. Kelsey was able aii. that she dreamed of doing in Haw will be cherished The memories this wish provided time as if we didn’t by our family forever. We spent clearly the best have any cares in the world. It was . family vacation we have ever had e who donate The volunteers, sponsors, and thos you all bring to need to know the wonderful joy es. I cannot families facing terrible medical issu e for everyone hav express how much gratitude we anization. involved in the Make-A-Wish org

Kelsey, 10

Thank you so much, Nolan and Mark Frank, Bridget, Kelsey, Erin, Ryan,

Lafora disease

I wish to go to Hawaii


Students & Schools We were grateful to be the chosen charity to benefit from UCI Greek Songfest 2013. This huge philanthropy effort consisted of several months of fundraising, volunteering, educating and advocating as participants from UCI helped out in our office, raised awareness on their campus, collected toys and backpacks, completed an electronic-waste drive and made up the largest team at our Walk For Wishes event. Songfest culminated in a Broadway musical showcase performed by Greek chapter members. The event and the months of fundraising preceeding it raised more than $20,000 for local wish children!

In its very first year, Tarbut V’Torah leads our high school Make-A-Wish clubs with more than $15,000 raised so far! They have adopted the wishes of three local children.

Academy For Academic Excellence adopted Robert’s wish to go to Ireland. The club has raised funds through events such as a father-daughter dance and a pancake breakfast car wash.

Wish Week April 29 through May 3, we invited local schools to participate in Wish Week in celebration of World Wish Day – the anniversary of the first wish. Thank you to the schools that participated: Culverdale Elementary, Heideman Elementary, Hewes Middle, Juarez School, Thorman Elementary, Venado Middle and Northwood High! The Make-A-Wish club at Fountain Valley High School adopted Alex’s wish for a Disneyland vacation!


Chapman’s Phi Gamma Delta raised more than $4,000 at A Purple Tie Affair with a silent auction, raffle and dinner.

Join the Women’s Circle of Wishes movement The founding council of the Women’s Circle of Wishes invites you to join our philanthropic effort and help us fund 20 wishes this year. We are a collaboration of women in Orange County and the Inland Empire dedicated to giving our time, talents and resources to this very special cause. To learn more or get involved with the Women’s Circle of Wishes, please contact Valene Corcoran at or call us at 714-573-WISH (9474).

Women’s Circle of Wishes members enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting at Salt Creek Wine Company.

The Circle’s Walk For Wishes team raised more than $17,000 at this year’s event!

Making Wishes Come True! An afternoon of fun, food, libations and networking! Brought to you by Star Real Estate and ReMax of Huntington Beach

Thursday, Sept. 19 • 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. SeaCliff Country Club in Huntington Beach $20 per person For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Edie Newmeyer at Net proceeds to benefit Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire


Thank you for making wishes come true We extend our deepest appreciation to the following businesses, events, service organizations, foundations and youth groups that have given donations to help fulfill the dreams of our wish children. The following list represents donors who gave $1,000 or more between Jan. 1, 2013 and April 31, 2013. We apologize if we inadvertently left anyone off the list.

Community Groups and events: Boston Scientifics Annual National Sales Meeting and 5k Greek Orthodox Folk Dance Festival The 6th Annual Share The Love Charity Event

Corporate Donors: Acura of Mission Viejo Alexander’s Mobility Services Allan Pitchko Galleries AMI Metals, Inc. AttendeeNet, Inc. Boston Scientific Corporation Car Donation Foundation Clear Giving Charitable Association Community Bank Cox Cares Dave & Buster’s Edison International Employee Contributions Campaign Employee’s Community Fund Of The Boeing Company Grainger Foundation House of Seven Gables Real Estate

Hyundai Capital America Link, Murrel & Chang MacKenzie Corporation Macsteel Service Centers USA Merchant Services Neudesic North American Health Care, Inc. Orange County Business Bank Pacific Contours Quantum Samiyatex San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Sempra Energy Employee Giving Network The VIP Card Inc. The Walt Disney Company Foundation Truist Altruism Connected

Foundations and Grants: Pacific Life Foundation The Coeta & Donald Barker Foundation The Crean Foundation

Individuals: Barbara Bishop Bruce Luizzi

Carol Bottomly Dee Dee Felich Dorothy M. Booth Charitable Trust Eric and Anita Stevens Gary and Nadine Wright Gregory and Catherine Gritters Gretchen Sheckler-Hachee Helen M.Livingston Revocable Trust John Ackerman John Kontos and Nathan Barnhill Lawrence Shane Michael and Dhana Todd Michael and Tina Catlin Michael Feldman Mimi Taylor Pam Jungaro Paul and Arlynn Feldman Philip Romero Raymond and Joanne Lin Richard and Brenda McConnachie Richard and Jennifer Lambright Richard and Tracie McCloskey Robert and Wanda Zimmer Ronald Barnard and Nancy Mills Ruth Arnoldt

Shaughne Warnack Sheila Samson Shlomo Aharon Terri Sacks Terry Hunter Tim Rochford Tom and Betty Stark Tom Fey William and Carol Kaplan Zubin and Elsa Kothwala

In-Kind Donors: Aulani A Disney Resort and Spa Avis Car Rental Barnes & Noble Classic Party Rentals Classique Limousines Disney World Disneyland Resort – Public Affair Dept Dolphin Quest – Oahu DUB Publishing, Inc. El Sombrero Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlours Give Kids The World Grand Hyatt San Francisco Kauai Marriott Knott’s Berry Farm / Soak City USA

Kosherica, LLC Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Mystic Lake Photography Paradise Pier Hotel Ralphs Grocery Store RTA Products LLC Santa Ana Zoo Sheraton Waikiki Southwest Airlines Travel Vouchers Universal Studios Hollywood

Schools and Universities: Academy for Academic Excellence Arnold O. Beckman High School Corona Del Mar High School Costa Mesa High School Dana Hills High School Fountain Valley High School Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School Team Kids, Inc - Eastshore Elementary School Trabuco Hills High School UCI Greek Songfest

Merchant Services adopts 50th wish since 2007 We are so pleased to congratulate Merchant Services (Irvine) on their 50th wish adoption! Since 2007, Merchant Services has offered an opportunity for their sales team to donate a portion of their commission from each new client that they secure. The company then offers a four-fold match, and in doing so links up their corporate employees with the external sales team to support some incredible kids! Once the collection reaches $5,000, we celebrate by adding a wish to their Adopt-A-Wish wall! This April, they adopted Jason’s wish to go to Hong Kong and were treated with a visit from Jason and his family who shared their story. This wish represents a total of $250,000 in donations since the program’s inception!

Thoughts from a donor: This is our fifth year supporting the incredible work that Make-A-Wish does in the community, and our team takes great pride in being a part of the wishes of some truly courageous kids. Nathan Jurczyk, vice president of Merchant Services


Adopt-A-Wish® supporters Individuals, companies and community groups that donate $5,000 or more have the opportunity to adopt the wish of a local child.

The employees at Boston Scientific included us at their annual national sales meeting and 5k run. Through this event, they raised more than $34,000!

Through Hyundai Capital America’s workplace giving campaign, employees from Irvine, Georgia and Texas raised enough funds for each office to adopt a child’s wish! The Irvine office adopted Luke’s wish to go to Walt Disney World Resort.

Dr. David and Nina Fleming adopted Jerry’s wish to go to New York.

Quantum adopted Joshua’s wish to go on a Disney Cruise.

Your legacy – their wish

I give the sum of $_ or _% to Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire to be used or disposed of as its Board of Directors deems appropriate in its sole discretion.


6th annual

Rolling for


Casino night, dinner & auctions with a South Pacific theme!

Saturday, Sept. 14 Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Costa Mesa $90 per person

Save the date and check for updates!


Help Make-A-Wish earn $1,000 at no cost to you! Host a donation bin at your business, and Angel Bins will donate up to $1,000 annually to make local wishes come true. Contact Rebecca at to get started!

6th annual black-tie gala benefiting Make-A-WishÂŽ and other local charities

October 18 • Nixon Library in Yorba Linda An incredible panel of industry specialists will discuss the state of real estate

For more information and to register,

visit Hosted by The Norris Group


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Warm Wishes - Spring 2013  

The official newsletter of Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire

Warm Wishes - Spring 2013  

The official newsletter of Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire