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

warm wishes Jacob, 5 immune system disorder

I wish to fight the mean guys with Spider-Man


Our staff & board President & CEO Stephanie McCormick Finance & Administration: Jeff Wacha, Director of Finance Evelyn Morad, Office Manager Maria Ruvalcaba, Operations Assistant Rossana Powell, Receptionist Program Services Department: Christina Sandoval, Program Services Manager Monica Cabral, Wish Assist Supervisor Monica Fierro, Assistant Program Services Manager Michelle Cuellar, Senior Wish Coordinator Heather Craven, Wish Coordinator Lillianna Gomez, Program Coordinator Rachel Messina, Program Coordinator Development Department: Sarah Pizzaruso, Director of Development Rebecca Kwait, OC Development Manager Francine Gobert, IE Development Manager Tina Robinette, Senior Development Coordinator Christine Gaxiola, Donor Care Susan Brand, Development Associate Volunteer Department: Melissa Gallagher, Volunteer Services Manager Marissa Euperio, Volunteer Services Coordinator Board of Directors: Ferril Onyett, Chairperson Sieg Weber, Vice Chair Melvin Tobaru, Secretary John Link, Treasurer Jeff Larson, Development Committee Chair Mike Lednovich, Audit Committee Chair Kathleen Bardsley, Director Joan Donnellan, Director Kimberly Motta, Director Michael Rapacz, Director Jessica Reicher, Director Terri Sacks, Director JC Timmons, Director Cheryl Watton, Director

From the CEO To our donors, volunteers, wish families and friends, As we see our 30-year celebration come to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who so generously supported our chapter throughout the year so that we could reach a record number of wishes for our chapter – yes, we broke yet another record granting 316 wishes in our fiscal year ending August 31! We actually experienced several firsts this year. In addition to our record number of wishes, we ended the year with a record number of wish assists as well – 630! We also held our inaugural Evening of Wishes gala; we officially launched a new fundraising arm with the Women’s Circle of Wishes; and more recently we launched our new Young Professionals group. These new initiatives will continue to help us raise the much-needed funds to continue to grow our wish numbers. Additionally, this year we established an independent Volunteer Department. We realize the incredible effort put forth by our volunteers and wish granters and want to recruit, train, recognize and retain these wonderful individuals who work so hard

year after year. With this department, we are certain we can better serve all who serve us! And finally, as we see our intern program and staff resources grow to meet the needs for our organization, the Board made the decision that we needed a larger space for our work. As a result, our Tustin location has been put on the market and is for sale. This is both sad and exciting as well! In order for us to continue to meet the needs of our families and grow as an organization, it has become imperative that we find a larger facility. We are currently planning our next steps toward a relocation. As of this date, we have not had any offers on the property as it has only been on the market for a short while. We are optimistic that it will sell in the upcoming year. So in closing, again a heartfelt thank you to the Board, the volunteers, the staff, our wonderful donors and all who helped to get us to this point of growth! This upcoming year will be a great one as we continue to focus on granting more wishes, continuing to grow our revenue, and working toward operational excellence!

Stephanie McCormick President & CEO


On the cover

Jacob saves the day with his new friend, Spider-Man At 15 months old, Jacob was diagnosed with a genetic immune system disorder. The condition puts Jacob at constant risk for infection and disease, and much of his young life has consisted of antibiotics, chemotherapy, radiation and two bone marrow transplants. Jacob has bravery beyond his five years – he has to be a superhero every day. It’s no wonder that Jacob finds encouragement in his idol, Spider-Man.

from the chief of police. The city was in peril, and Spider-Man needed Jacob’s help! In his blue and red spider-suit, Jacob responded to the call. At the Ontario Convention Center with his mom, dad and brother, helicopters swarmed above and Spider-Man could be seen crawling down the side of the building to meet him. Face-to-face with his hero, Jacob shook hands with Spider-Man and they were off on an incredible crime-fighting adventure.

Jacob’s wish was to meet and spend the day with the Amazing Spider-Man. He wanted to shake his hero’s hand and become best friends – to have a fun day eating In-N-Out burgers and fighting the mean guys together. He wouldn’t be scared, Jacob assured his wish granters. They would climb buildings, shoot webs, and save the city.

Side-by-side, Jacob and his new friend saved firefighters from poisonous smoke. They climbed up and down walls and laughed together in a Spider-Man bounce house. They captured a mad scientist and got him safely into the custody of the police. “Shoot him with your web!” Spider-Man told Jacob. He shot out his arm, and a giant net flew down and captured the villain. The pair even

Before long, Jacob received a phone call

met up with Spider-Man’s nemesis, Venom, who Spider-Man fought with all his might. When it looked like Venom was about to win, Jacob and his brother grabbed their magic thundersticks and hit them together as hard as they could. The loud noise weakened Venom, and Spider-Man won! At the end of a long adventure, Jacob was awarded a special medal for bravery from the police department. His courage helped him to save the city that day, just as it has helped get him through all of the obstacles of his illness. Spider-Man is a hero to Jacob, but to everyone else in the Convention Center, Jacob was the one with super strength and bravery that day. And the best way to celebrate a day full of victories? Enjoying In-N-Out with a new friend.


The inaugural Wish Society Evening of Appreciation hosted by Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire took place on August 8 at the Historical Wilcox Manor home in Old Town Tustin. The evening was dedicated to celebrating the members of Wish Society, our chapter’s exclusive membership for individual annual donors of $1,000 or more. Tours of the historical Wilcox Manor were given by members of The Tustin Area Historical Society. The evening was

generously underwritten by Lindburgh McPherson and Michael Demoratz, owners of The Wilcox Manor, and Suzanne Beukema of Suzanne Catering. For more information or to become a member of the Wish Society, please contact Christine Gaxiola at cgaxiola@ or 714-573-WISH (9474). As a member of the Wish Society, you will be essential to the continuation of our chapter’s legacy while receiving benefits according to your membership level.

Dedicated members enjoy the atmosphere of a beautiful summer evening at the inaugural Wish Society Evening of Appreciation. Below left: Alfredo Molina and Renee Dee. Below center: Mary O’Callaghan and Jim Grant. Below right: Joan Donnellan, Stephanie McCormick, Katie Storbeck, Jon Storbeck and Nicholas Kramer. Bottom left: Shari Simmons.


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Did you know that a charitable bequest is one of the easiest ways to leave a lasting impact on local Make-A-Wish children? A bequest can be made in your will or trust directing a gift to Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire.

Benefits of your bequest: • Receive estate tax charitable deduction • Lessen the burden of taxes on your family • Leave a lasting legacy

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You can help make wishes come true by naming Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire as a beneficiary. Consult your attorney and use this sample bequest language. I give the sum of $__ or __% to the 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. To learn about other ways that you can make a legacy gift, please contact Christine Gaxiola at or 714-573-WISH (9474).

JOIN CLUB 365 TODAY! Club 365 is a monthly giving club that allows you to become a sustaining member and make a difference in the lives of local children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions – without writing checks or mailing envelopes. The steady source of automatic monthly support enables our chapter to plan and ensure that we can fund the wishes of all eligible children. There are many advantages to joining! For more information on Club 365, or to join please contact Christine Gaxiola at or 714-573-WISH (9474).


Wish children and their families were all smiles after meeting officers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol Division at this year’s 4th of July holiday cruise in Newport Harbor.

Wish children and community celebrate 4th of July Every year on the 4th of July, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department hosts a very special cruise through Newport Harbor just for wish children and their families. More than 200 guests board a tripledecker yacht, courtesy of Electra Cruises, and spend the day out on the water. The families are also treated to a delicious pancake breakfast by the wonderful people at the American Legion.

“This year’s holiday cruise around Newport Harbor was a wonderful experience, as always, for Make-A-Wish,” said Make-A-Wish CEO, Stephanie McCormick. “We would like to thank everyone at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Electra Cruises and the American Legion Post 291 for providing an unforgettable experience for our wish children and their families.”

18th Annual We Care For Kids Golf Tournament raises $85,000 The Tax & Financial Group (Newport Beach) hosted the 18th Annual We Care For Kids Golf Tournament and Auction on May 13. This year’s event featured a perfect day of golf at the Mesa Verde Country Club, followed by an incredible (and spirited!) live and silent auction. We are so thankful to tournament chairman and Tax


and Financial Group’s CEO, Richard McCloskey, and his incredible planning team who work for months to put on such an amazing event to benefit our wish kids. Since the tournament’s inception, they have donated more than $1.2 million to our chapter! Watch our website for details about how to get involved next year.

Volunteer Spotlight “We cannot think of a better way to spend our days than to help make wishes come true for all these courageous kids!” Rosanna Diaz, AIMCO Cares

GROUP NAME: AIMCO Cares CITY: Irvine VOLUNTEER ROLE: Corporate partner AIMCO Cares volunteers have assisted with our Walk For Wishes® events since 2011. Not only are they phenomenal event prep volunteers – assembling walk goodie bags, event passes and walk signs – but they also have an AIMCO Cares walk team each year! This incredible group has been great to work with and so supportive of our cause and mission. We are grateful for our partnership with AIMCO!

In Loving Memory How YOU can help! You can be a part of our volunteer team too! We are always in need of volunteers to support our chapter as wish granters, event volunteers and Speaker’s Bureau members. Currently, our highest need for wish granter volunteers is: • Bi-lingual – Spanish-English in BOTH Orange County and the Inland Empire • Residents of San Bernardino, Riverside and north Orange County To get started, visit to find an upcoming Volunteer Information Session near you!

Howard Malberg – Volunteer from 1998 to 2013 In July we lost Howard Malberg, a beloved member of our volunteer team. Howard lived and breathed Make-A-Wish for the past 15 years as a speaker, wish granter and event volunteer. He was a special part of our Make-A-Wish family and will be dearly missed by the volunteers, staff and wish families whose lives he touched.


Local Wishes Anthony, 14 Hodgkins lymphoma

I wish to meet Mike Trout Jessica, 5

acute lymphoblastic leukemia

I wish to go to Walt Disney World Resort

Merak, 12 acute lymphoblastic leukemia

I wish to have a shopping spree

Sara, 10 Alexander, 6 rare blood disorder

I wish to have passes to the Woodbridge Lagoons

PNET of the abdomen

I wish to have a MacBook Pro

Wish Assist This year, our chapter welcomed 630 children from around the world to have their wishes granted in our own backyard. These wishes are in addition to the hundreds of wishes granted for children who live in Orange County and the Inland Empire.


Ryan, age 8 – Illinois

Robert, age 17 – New Jersey

I wish to go to Disneyland

I wish to go to the Element headquarters

Anthony, age 11 – New York I wish to go to a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game

Emma, 7 end stage renal disease

I wish to go to Disneyland

Akira, 3 brain tumor

I wish to have a shopping spree

Michelle, 12 acute lymphoblastic leukemia

I wish to go to Aulani

Cyrus, 5

hypoplastic left heart syndrome

I wish to have Disneyland annual passes

Hannah, 19 tuberous sclerosis

I wish to go to the Billboard Music Awards

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Samuel, 7 leukemia

I wish to go to Hawaii


Community Events

We’d like to recognize the following events in our community for outstanding support of MakeA-Wish. Each of these events raised $5,000 or more, helping us get closer to our goal of granting every eligible wish. The following events took place between May 1 and August 31. (Left) Jedi young and old, including our own wish kid, Marcelo, joined Nerdist Industries, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Octagon Events for the 2nd annual Course of the Force, an Olympic-torch-style relay run – with lightsabers! The event raised more than $80,000 to benefit the Southern California chapters of Make-A-Wish. Check our website for details to register for the 2014 run next July. May the force be with you!


We were honored to be one of the recipients of proceeds from the Annual Pechanga Resort and Casino Golf Classic – where Pechanga presented us with a $50,000 donation!

Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo hosted Wines and Wishes and the Kaleido-Kids Mini Carnival. Both events were a great success, raising $15,000!

For the second year, the Citizens Business Bank Charity Golf Classic was a hole-in-one, raising $12,500 for Make-A-Wish! We’re so grateful for our continued partnership!

This year’s Mike Thompson RV Super Stores Drive for a Cause Charity Golf Tournament benefited the Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire chapters of Make-A-Wish!

NCL Rancho Irvine’s annual fashion show

Morton’s 3rd annual Winemaker Dinner

5th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

2nd Annual Riverside’s Got Talent

Farrell’s 4th annual ice cream challenge

Corona Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Students & Schools

Through many club events including a community ShaveA-Thon, the Make-A-Wish club of Tarbut V’Torah raised an incredible $31,000 in the 2012-2013 school year – the most funds raised in one year by any club in our chapter’s history! They adopted the wishes of six local wish children.

Make-A-Wish high school club officers participated in our Summer Junior Internship program this July and August, building skills in leadership, teamwork and goal-setting. Schools represented included: Beckman, Corona del Mar, Garden Grove, Katella, Marina, Rosary and Sunny Hills high schools.


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 May 1, 2013 and Aug. 31, 2013. We apologize if we inadvertently left anyone off the list.

Community Groups: Harley Owners Group Kiwanis Club of Uptown Riverside National Charity League Rancho Irvine Chapter

Corporate Donors: Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP Arrowmac BJ’s Restaurants Foundation Car Donation Foundation CBS Radio Riverside-KFROG FM Comerica Bank Community Bank Edison International Employee Contributions Campaign First American Title Insurance Company Haskell & White LLP Hom Real Estate Group, Inc. Hunter-Broker Kaleidoscope Center Manheim Merchant Services New American Funding Norm Reeves Acura of Mission Viejo Ingram Micro Philanthropic Committee McGladrey LLP OCD Realty One Eighty Business Solutions, Inc.

Orange County’s United Way Pacific Contours People Clothing Co. Ralphs Re/Max Terra Sol Samiyatex Seashore Pest Control, Inc. Stater Bros. Charities Tax & Financial Group Trojan Battery Company Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Events: 4th Annual Farrell’s Splendiferously Superific Summer Spectacular Ice Cream Eating Challenge 15th Annual Pechanga Resort and Casino Charity Golf Classic 18th Annual Tax & Financial’s We Care For Kids Golf Tournament Citizens Business Bank Charity Golf Classic Corona Gourmet Food Truck Festival Course of the Force Food Truck Squad Kaleidoscope Center’s Wines and Wishes Kaleido-Kids Mini Carnival Lobsterfest at Newport Beach National Charity League Rancho Irvine Chapter Fashion Show Mike Thompson Golf Tournament Morton’s Steakhouse 3rd

Annual Charles Krug Winemaker Dinner Riverside’s Got Talent

Foundations and Grants: Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation Character and Courage Foundation H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation Michael Sweig Foundation Orange County Community Foundation Thagard Foundation The Walt Disney Company Foundation Wells Fargo Bank Foundation Yum! Brands Foundation, Inc.

Individuals: Marcellus Best Lawrence Braun Richard Godber Daniel Kim John Lincoln Joseph Lozowski Rita Marchetti Richard McCloskey Stephanie McCormick Charles Meyer Kimberly Motta Clayton Pape Michael Paselk Victor Perrillo

Terri Sacks Charlene Savage Stephen Smith Tim Thompson Sieg Weber Beverly Wiesen

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Robert Lang Sea Life Park Sheraton Waikiki Soka Performing Arts Center Southwest Airlines Travel Vouchers Swarovski North America LTD. In-Kind Donors: Tri State Materials Acker-Stone Industries, Inc. Universal Studios Hollywood Airline Miles - National Office Wells Fargo Business Card Aulani A Disney Resort and Rewards Spa Avis Car Rental Schools and Bradford Renaissance Portraits Universities: Classique Limousines The Alpha Phi Sorority at Core Fitness Integrated Chapman University Training Costa Mesa High School Dave & Buster’s Culverdale Elementary School Disneyland Resort - Public The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Affair Dept Delta at Chapman University Dolphin Quest - Oahu Fountain Valley High School Give Kids The World John F. Kennedy High School Grand Wailea Resort Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Hansen Beverage Company Sorority, Inc. at Cal State San Bernardino Homewood Suites Knott’s Berry Farm/ Soak City Newhart Middle School USA Newport Coast Elementary Leis of Hawaii Newport Harbor High School Lorin Backe Photography Northwood High School Marriott Hotel The Pegasus School Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club Rosary High School Medieval Times Dinner & Tarbut V’Torah Community Tournament School Mike Gillmore Photography Troy High School Old Ranch Country Club UCI Greek Songfest Paradise Pier Hotel University High School

Donor Spotlight We were so pleased to have had Jim Robbins attend the wish of Nicholas who wished to have custommade drums to play at every Sunday service at his church. Thanks to Jim’s generous contribution as a Strength-level donor in our chapter’s Wish Society, Jim had the opportunity to share in the joy of Nicholas’ wish.

“I’ve had cancer three times. I got so much support and prayers from friends that I believe in giving back. As the executor of a trust that specified support of Make-A-Wish, the feelings I get from helping are tremendously joyful.” Jim Robbins, Make-A-Wish donor


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.

Through payroll deductions, the employees of Norm Reeves Acura of Mission Viejo raised enough funds to adopt Rui’s wish to go to Disneyland.

Michael Shapiro adopted Joseph’s wish to have his car restored.

Manheim Socal/Nevada Market adopted Alyssa’s wish to go to Aulani.

Help make wishes come true with a donation to support local Make-A-Wish children. Visit us online at or call us at 714-574-WISH today! 13

Save the Dates

Please join us for one of our holiday open houses!

Thursday, December 5

The Orange County Wish House 14232 Red Hill Ave., Tustin


Wednesday, December 11 The Inland Empire Wish Suite 3521 Main Street, Riverside

m-10:30pm p 4 • th 8 1 r e b Friday, Octo A Powerhouse Lineup of Top Industry Experts Converge for The State of Real Estate 2013 to Benefit Make-A-WishŽ and other charities


Sunday, Nov. 10

2 p.m.

The Island Hotel in Newport Beach Women's Circle of Wishes invites you to attend the inaugural This Old Bag – The Power of the Purse event to benefit Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire

Join us for a fun filled afternoon to enjoy high tea, mimosas, entertainment, and the chance to bid on new and vintage purses donated by designers, local philanthropists, retailers, as well as autographed bags from world famous athletes, entertainers and Hollywood celebrities. Visit to purchase tickets! Tickets: $75 advance purchase through October 15, then $90 until November 1

Help celebrate a most heartfelt wish… Become a Wish Presentation Partner!

The Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire

Young Professionals We are seeking restaurants who can provide: Complimentary meals • Gift Cards • Discounts • Other in-kind services Contact us to discuss all details and benefits!

714-573-WISH (9474)

Orange County: Rebecca Kwait

Inland Empire: Francine Gobert

are a diverse group of young leaders under the age of 40 who are dedicated to supporting the mission of Make-A-Wish. Visit to learn more,

or contact us at


14232 Red Hill Avenue Tustin, CA 92780 714-573-WISH (9474)

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2nd Annual

Friday, Oct. 25 Balboa Bay Club Join us for a night of surprises, fabulous live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing. Purchase tickets at

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Warm wishes sept 2013  

The Official Newsletter of Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire