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

Warm Wishes

Jace, age 3 “I wish to have an outdoor play set”

2011 annual report

Our staff & board President & CEO Stephanie McCormick Director of Finance: Jeff Wacha Administrative: Evelyn Morad, Office Manager Maria Ruvalcaba, Operations Assistant Program Services Department: Michelle Conrad, Director of Wishes Christina Sandoval, Asst. Wish Manager Karla Shemtov, Asst. Wish Manager Michelle Cuellar, Senior Wish Coordinator Monica Fierro, Document Administrator Desiree Au, Wish Coordinator Lilliana Gomez, Wish Concept Coordinator Robyn Dawley, Wish Support Coordinator Development Department: Sarah Pizzaruso, Director of Development Kimberly Stauffer, Development Manager Christine Gaxiola, Donor Care Manager Rebecca Kwait, Asst. Development Manager Tina Robinette, Senior Dev. Coordinator Courtney Dockstader, Dev. Coordinator Kelly Yamamoto, Donor Care Coordinator Colleen Donovan, PR Coordinator Marissa McGuire, Volunteer Srvcs Coordinator Board of Directors: Jon Storbeck, Chairman Michael Rapacz, Vice Chair Jeff Elder, Audit Chair Bryan Smeltzer, Development Chair John Link, FAC Chair Tino Pagano, Governance Chair Rob Gundling, At Large Ron Barnard, Director Jim Carol, Director John Hamilton, Director Dr. Danny Kim, Director John Kontos, Director Mike Lednovich, Director Dr. Kimberly Motta, Director Ferril Onyett, Director Gretchen Sheckler, Director Joel Solomon, Director JC Timmons, Director

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Jace, age 3 “I wish to have an outdoor play set” Perris, CA – Jace’s all-time favorite pastime is to play outdoors on the public playground. When he was diagnosed with leukemia, he could no longer make the trip to his favorite place. He missed swinging and climbing on the outdoor equipment so much that for Jace’s most heartfelt wish, he wanted an outdoor play set in his own backyard. Jace and his mom searched online for hours to find the perfect swing set for Jace. Eventually, they found one that they knew would suit him perfectly. It was a set complete with a bumpy slide, monkey bars, a fort, a glider and two swings. Working together, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Jace’s family threw Jace a surprise party to present him with his new play set. After a brunch with his grandparents, Jace came home to find not only his new set, but all of his closest family and friends to celebrate with him. “Jace could not believe his eyes,” his mom said. “He ran straight to the bubble machine and climbed into his fort and proceeded to shoot anybody who walked by with bubbles.” Since Jace’s wish party, he has spent almost every day playing on his new play set. Jace and his sister regularly enjoy eating dinner at the built-in picnic bench, and he can often be found laughing and enjoying all of the fun features. Jace’s wish has given him a clean and safe environment to play in – to forget about his medical condition and feel like a normal kid again. Jace’s wish was adopted by Dave’s Wish Ride, hosted by Dave Rusk.

From the Chairman To our Donors, Volunteers, Wish Families, Staff, and my fellow Board Members: Looking back on 2011, I like to think of this past year as a “Renaissance” period for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire. It was a year that brought its fair share of changes, but also a year full of hard work, possibility, new beginnings and from my viewpoint, renewed optimism and passion for the future of our Chapter. After 10 years of dedication and service to others in his role as CEO, Mark Pilon left the chapter for new opportunities. I would like to personally thank Mark for those years of dedication and for his passionate stewardship of the organization through many years of growth and change. As we began our search for a new CEO, the board was particularly focused on finding the right person who could address the challenges of the present, and have the vision to anticipate the challenges of the future ... and we found that person in Stephanie McCormick. This marked the beginning of many leadership changes that would take place, but through it all there was one aspect that never wavered, and that was our goal of granting wishes for children. I am so appreciative and so proud of our staff who worked diligently to stay focused on this goal, even in the midst of the changes we were facing, and the challenges that inevitably resulted. I’ve learned something over the years. Although challenges may be filled with difficulty, many times there is also a feeling of triumph once you’ve made it through. During the changes in leadership, we had the opportunity to promote from within the Make-A-Wish Foundation family for many of our vital roles. In addition to selecting a new CEO who is already providing vision and clear direction for our ever-expanding program, we increased our presence by recruiting strong, dedicated and influential members of the Orange County and Inland Empire communities for our Board of Directors. We are on a great path as we all cross the bridge between where we were, and where we are headed in 2012. To our donors and volunteers, I’m particularly glad you’re on this path with us. You are a crucial part of providing wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families. Through your generous contributions, you offer them the chance to focus on, and be motivated by, something beyond their current circumstances. Make no mistake, the time and money you give are not only gifts, they are investments that you make in their lives by keeping their future positive and allowing them to dream again. Without you, their “One True Wish” could very well be out of reach. The hope, strength and joy generated by our donors, volunteers and staff every time a wish is granted are gifts that inspire everyone. Thank you for the role you play in giving these gifts, and for the many smiles you will help create in 2012! Best Wishes,

Jon Storbeck Chairman of the Board

We invite you to join the Wish Society, our Chapter’s new membership opportunity exclusively for annual donors who are committed to fulfilling our vision of granting a wish to every eligible child. As a member of the Wish Society, you will be essential to the continuation of our Chapter’s mission of providing hope, strength and joy to children who need it most – all while receiving exclusive benefits according to your membership level.

Wish Society

To find out more or to become a member of the exclusive Wish Society, please contact: Christine Gaxiola, Donor Care Manager at or 714.689.0983 x220


Thank you to our national partners

with special thanks to our hometown partners Allergan/LATISSE速 Wishes Challenge Allergan became a sponsor of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2009 with a $1 million donation through the launch of LATISSE速 (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03%. To date, Allergan has donated nearly $2 million through LATISSE速 Wishes campaigns. The LATISSE速 Wishes campaign was born out of the tradition of blowing on an eyelash to make wishes come true and centers on the realization of wishes.

Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation globally. In 2010, Blizzard Entertainment pledged to donate 50 percent of the sales price of every Pandaren Monk, a World of Warcraft pet, purchased by World of Warcraft players. The promotion generated close to $1 million for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting wishes worldwide.


From the CEO Dear Friends, Last year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire granted 300 wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. As a matter of fact, we were able to grant each and every wish that was requested – a remarkable accomplishment! This was possible because of all of you who supported our efforts to bring hope, strength and joy to the 300 deserving wish families we had the opportunity to help this past year. Recent research has shown there are many deserving children eligible for a wish in Orange County and the Inland Empire who we have yet to reach. In response to this information, we will increase our focus this year in two areas – increasing our wishes and raising the dollars to meet the cost of those wishes. A wish is a very powerful tool. Whether it is for a few hours, a day or a week, a wish for our children means, for that special moment in time, the ability to get away from the stress of their condition, the stress of treatment and to escape the obstacles the family often faces day to day in dealing with the child’s illness. It allows them time to relax, enjoy and experience the reality of having the child’s wish come true! I have witnessed this first-hand since coming to the Make-A-Wish Foundation this past September. As we end a successful year of wishes and move into a more challenging 2012 of wish granting, I want to thank you for your incredible support and invite you to join us again this year as we raise the bar to grant 325-plus wishes! I leave you with one of the first thoughts I had after attending my very first wish. Never underestimate the power of the smile of a wish child – it truly is life-transformational! Thank you again for a great 2011 and for helping to share the power of a wish® Best Wishes,

Stephanie McCormick President & CEO

Savannah, age 3

I wish to have a Pixie party Mira Loma, Germ Cell Tumor

Adopted by Konica Minolta Business Solutions


Donor Acknowledgement We extend our deepest appreciation to the following individuals, businesses, service organizations, foundations and youth groups who have given donations to help fulfill the dreams of our wish children. These gifts were received between Sept. 1, 2010 and Aug. 31, 2011 (our Chapter’s fiscal year). We appologize if we inadvertently left anyone off the list. Community Groups Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Garden Grove Elks Lodge #1952 Holiday Rambler Recreational Vehicle Club, Inc. Lions Club of Corona Moms Club of Irvine-Northwood Moms Club Of Placentia North National Charity League Rancho Irvine Orange Coast Optimist Octagon Club People First Of Orange County Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians Tustin Area Woman’s Club corporate donors 21 Oceanfront Restaurant A1 Appraisal West Coast Service Abbott Laboratories Employee Giving Campaign Acura of Mission Viejo Ahern Insurance Brokerage Airlinx Alexander’s Mobility Services All American Sales And Services All Knight Air Conditioning & Heating Allied Restoration Services, Inc. Allstate Giving Campaign American Business Bank American Charity Center American Financial Network, Inc. AMGEN Political Action Committee AT&T AT&T Services, Inc. AT&T United Way Employee Giving Campaign Bank of America United Way Campaign Bank of America, N.A. Bartels Harley Davidson Beacon Bay Enterprises, Inc. Best Best & Krieger LLP Best Buy Best Jobs Magazine Bloomingdales, Inc. Bootlegger’s Brewery Bremer Whyte Brown and Omeara LLP Buffalo Wild Wings Bar and Grill - Corona Cailfornia Labelstock California Pizza Kitchen Capital Investment Advisers Emerson J. Fersch Sole Proprietor Cars 4 Causes


Castleridge, Inc Chartis Coachella Valley Grand Prix Consortio Healthcare, Inc Corinthian Colleges, Inc. Crown Valley Holdings, LLC Cynthia L. Pieper Insurance Agency, Inc. Darrel Whitehead CPAs Debtmerica Relief, LLC Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation

Fluor Foundation Matching Funds Fluor United Way Employee Donations Foam Concepts Frederick J. Hanshaw Properties Front Door Grainger Foundation Grant Thorton, LLC Guitar Center Stores, Inc. #121 Hammer Insurance Services, Inc. HCR Homes and Land Hooters Restaurants IHP Capital Partners Independent Pool & Spa Association Inland Empire United Way Integrated Wealth Management Jahnke & Sons Construction, Inc. Kelley’s Kookies Kohl’s Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. Kothari Leadership Enterprises, LLC Laguna Asphalt Paving Co Londance Studio 2 Madison Development LLC Zachary, age 3 Mark Roberts I wish to have a Cars birthday party Marsh US Laguna Niguel, Hepatoblastoma Merchant Services Adopted by Scott and Erin Ferrell Microsoft Matching Gifts Program Diagnostic Consulting Network, Inc. Monster Energy Beverage Company Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. Morgan Drexen Integrated Legal System Disneyland Resort Morgan Stanley Dispatching Solutions, Inc Mystic Lake Photography Dollar Tree Distribution, Inc. - San National Charity League - Riverside Bernardino Neudesic Eagle Community Credit Union Newport Trial Group, APC Edison International Employee Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Contributions Campaign OC Custom Wine El Torito Restaurant - Corona OM Restaurant Management LLC Emerald Echo Inc. Ontario Convention Center Employees Charity Organization of Orange County’s United Way Northrop Grumman Orco Rollers Employees Community Fund Of Boeing Pacific Contours Southern Cal. Panera Bread Foundation Eric’s Locks, Inc. on behalf of Blythe Co, Parker Hannifin Aerospace LLC Pegasus Claims Service, Inc. Fatburger Restaurant of California, Inc. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Prosperity Builders Inc. First American Title Insurance Company Resort 2 Kindness - Getaway to Give

Donor Acknowledgement San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Slap Fish Soccer For Hope South OC Clinic Development Inc. Spreebird, Inc. Systems And Software Enterprises, Inc. Tax & Financial Group Testeachers Exam Prep & Continuing Education Thai Smile of Rancho Mirage The IMS Company The Prudential Insurance Company of America The Shops at Dos Lagos The Shops at Mission Viejo Thomson Plastics, Inc Tom’s Farms Trading Places International Trojan Battery Company Truist Altruism Connected Tustin Cadillac Two Roads Professional Resources, Inc. Union Bank United Way of The Inland Valleys United Way Silicon Valley United Way, Inc. US Bank Commercial Banking Division Vangaurd Charitable Endowment Program W. Brown Associates W. L. Butler Construction, Inc. Walter J Straiton Productions, Inc. Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign Wells Fargo Foundation Wells Fargo Premier Banking Westfield MainPlace Shopping Mall White House Black Market Windes & McClaughry Word & Brown Insurance Admin Foundations and Grants Aaron or Peggy Selber Foundation, Inc. Allergan Foundation Bo and Family Foundation Bragdon R. Garrow Foundation Trust Champions Volunteer Foundation Chisick Family Foundation Community Foundation of The Lowcountry, Inc. Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund Edwards Lifesciences Eichenberg-Larson Charitable Foundation Entertainment Industry Foundation Foundation Source Illinois Tool Works Foundation

Jeffrey Rothschild Michael Sweig Foundation Orange County Community Foundation Pacific Life Foundation R C Baker Foundation Santos Family Foundation Sempra Foundation Sheckler Foundation Thagard Foundation The Crean Foundation The Kiger Foundation Tyler Gilbert Heart Transplant Survivor’s Foundation Ueberroth Family Foundation Walmart Foundation Wells Fargo Bank Foundation


Bridget and Roger English Brooke Stites Bruce J. Houston Bryan Dyer Bryan Smeltzer Carey R. Chastain Charlene Savage Charles E. Welby Charles R. Belden Christine Hampton Christopher Arcidiacono Craig S. Johnson Dale Post Daniel Burzumato Daniel Zuckerman Darrell G. Otsu Dave Rusk trusts David C. Terry Allen Charitable Lead Annuity Lead Dennis Ghan Dennis Kuhl Denny Taing Diane Hudson Donald S. Grant Douglas Hodge Douglas Ongaro Dr. Danny Kim Dr. Kimberly Motta E. Hearn Ed and Patricia Henry Edward Jette Edward Twinning Elaine E. Carman Eric Reichut Everett and Donna Brittain Ferril Onyett Franchesca Fangary Fumi J. Sinohui Keturah, age 6 Garret Murphy George Reyes wish to go to The Phantom of the Opera Glenn Smith Murrieta, Chiari Malformation Greg Anzalone Adopted by Henkel Gregory L. Armstrong Gretchen Sheckler Dorothy M. Booth Charitable Trust Gudrun Bauer-Farr Douglas And Donna Neff Family Trust Harold Burkhart Madl Living Trust James Le Blanc Mccarthy Family Trust James W. Ray National Philanthropic Trust Jason Stone The Hackett Family Trust JC Timmons The Held Trust of 1985 Jeanne P. Siegel The Robert T Lloyd Living Trust Jeff A. Benjamin Jeff Cooper individuals Jeff Elder and Karla Kjellin-Elder Alan Jensen Jeffrey Nemits Ali Bartholomew Jerry L. Shaffer Anne Bern Jim and Cynthia Carol Arnold R. Henson Jim Lyon Barton Bean Joel Lipman Blaine E. Hendrickson Joel Solomon Brett A. Crail John H. Kehl Brian A. Murphy John Hamilton Brian D. Markham John Herklotz Brian Pitterle


Donor Acknowledgement John Kontos John Link John W. Krebs Johnny Lin Jon and Katie Storbeck Joseph A. Dimento Joseph W. Breakfield Josephine Lee Joyce C. Schweppe Judith Taylor Kathryn Wilcox Kenneth Crume Kevin Kroft Kullen J. Birkeland Laurie Orr Marilyn Blodgett Marilyn Walker Mark Theissen Mary E. Kjellin Maureen Hacker Merida S. Gruhn Michael and Tina Catlin Michael Feldman Michael L. Olsen Michael Rapacz Mike Lednovich Mike Morhaime Mike Wood Natalie Kolosow Niko Guardado Norman Simon Pamela S. Burdi Patricia A. Poynter Patrick E. McIntosh Paul and Arlynn Feldman Paul Goldenberg Peter S. Wohrle Rachel Walker Randall Bird Richard Godber Richard Penney Rick Lipman Robert E. Grant Robert E. Johnson Robert T. Parisi Roger L. Wheeler Ronald L. Barnard Ruth Arnoldt Salim Janmohamed Scott and Erin Ferrell Scott Gallion Scott Ransom Shari Stone Shaughne Warnack Shaun Henry Stephanie E. Makris Stephen H. Smith Stephen Nielander Steven Craig Thomas A. Stilwell Thomas Adams Thomas D. Koos


Tim Consalvi Timothy R. Carey Tino Pagano Troy Norrell Vinh Nguyen Wanda Kelley William Duncan William Soto

Mondays An Afternoon of Jazz “Kaleido-Kids” Mini Carnival Day Mike’s Walk Across America NCL -Rancho Irvine Fashion Show

Backpack and toy Drives Alyssa Freyder Annie Shugarman External Events Bobi Rush Classic Kids Photography Father’s Day CSA International Photo Shoot Dave New Dave’s Ride for Wishes Donald Davenport Desert Falls Country Club 4th of July Event Edward/Sasha Rodriguez Farrell’s Second Annual Splendifferously Emily Margesch Superiffic Summer Spectaular Ice Gabrielle Puido Cream Eating Challenge Gina Kim Inland Empire Auto Show Girl Scout Troop 1727 (Jenn Heslin) Intergrated Wealth Management Greg and Amy Johnson TicketsForeCharity Event Harriet Lehman Hayward Pool Products Howard Mahlburg Hsuan Wang Chiropractic Inc Jack and Debbie Henz Jessica Cassidy Jessi Riddle Joyce Kurtz Kaleidoscope Mini Carnival Kathy Crifasi/Hip Shift Corp Kids Who Care Foundation (Risha Shukla) Kris Alcantra Marilyn Dastrup Marisa Mendoza Mary E. Moore Family Foundation MOM’s Group Nahid Mansoorian Jude, age 8 NCL - Palm Desert I wish to have a rock museum Placentia Police Officer Association Anaheim, Medulloblastoma Prudential Realty, Irvine Adopted by Informa Research Services, Inc. (Marlene Dietrich) Sandra Chang Loan Depot Company Raffle in-kind donors McNamara Family Christmas Light Show Night of 100 Angels with the Cottage and Aero Mobility Affliction Holdings, LLC Whelan Galleries Angus Mitchell Salon Red, White and Dine Wine Extravaganza Aqua Creek Products at Kaleidoscope Basin Marine, Inc. Rolling For Wishes IV Behr Process Corporation Ryan Sheckler Celebrity Skins Golf Classic Best Buy Henkel Event C&T Event Decorators Share the Love Charity Event Cal Ply Tax & Financial “We Care For Kids” Golf California Sushi Academy Tournament Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari W.L. Butler Golf Tournament Champion Speed & Restoration Mike and Nicole’s West Coast Wish Ride Coach Worsnop Family Tennis Tournament Corinthian Colleges, Inc. Zeacom Golf Scramble Corona Motorsports Just For Kids Golf Tournament Costa Mesa Fire Department Got Food Trucks Crossroads Mulch Inc. Cha Cha’s Tacos & Tequila Miracle

Donor Acknowledgement Daniels Wood Land Inc. Design West Engineering Disneyland Resort DUB Publishing, Inc. Dynamic Printers, LLC EcoGreen Environmental, LLC Enter-Pricz Skincare eSpecial Needs, LLC Flowers By Sherri Foam Concepts, Inc Freedom Investments Girl Scout Troop 1727 Glass Doctor Hard Rock Cafe Hayward Pool Products Hilton Suites Hotel Hip Shift Corp House of Blues Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina Inland Empire Autobody & Painting Inc. JAR JC Penny JKP, Inc. Justice Kahoma Ranch Laborers’ International Union of North

America Laker’s Foundation Legoland California Maggiano’s Little Italy Makani Kai Helicopters Mary E. Moore Family Foundation Mattress Furniture Surplus Inc. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Microsoft Store Minka Aire Mission Inn Modern Concrete Services Mom’s Group of Dana Point Morton’s Steakhoue Gilbert Ortiz Jim Reed Sieg Weber Sandra Chang Mystic Lake Photography Olive Garden Panaderia, Pasteleria y Restaurant Ensenada Paradise Pier Hotel Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular Pittsburgh Steelers Professional Mobile DJ Prudential California Realty, Irvine Rainbow Play Station

Real Feng Shui Soulutions Reliable Wholesale Lumber Inc. Ridemakerz Robert Michael Illusionist Room Service Store RTA Products LLC Rusty Pelican Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse San Diego Pro Photos San Diego Zoo Sea World Adventure Park Seattle Mariners Sheraton Anaheim Sheraton Station Square Hotel Silver Cloud Sleep Safe Beds Sound Waves Sunshine Helicopter Maui Susan Shepardson Design Tic Toc Murals TR Design Group Tralala, Inc Universal Studios Hollywood ViewSonic Corporation Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Wallbeds “n” More Westin Maui Winston’s Jewelers


Thank you, Erin and Scott! Erin and Scott Ferrell asked guests to make a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in lieu of gifts for their wedding. It was because of this generosity that they were able to adopt two wishes; one for Robert, who wished to go to Disney World, and one for Zachary, who wished to have a Cars-themed party. Thank you, Erin and Scott, for including the Make-A-Wish Foundation in your special day and helping share the power of a wish® You can plan an unforgettable day by making a donation on behalf of your guests as a wedding favor, linking your gift registry to the I Do Foundation, or simply asking your guests to make a donation in lieu of gifts. To learn more about this exciting program, contact Courtney Dockstader at 714-573-WISH ext. 316 or

Robert, age 5

I wish to go to Disney World Chino, Neuroblastoma

Adopted by Scott and Erin Ferrell



Students & Schools High Schools In the 2010-2011 school year, more than 50 Make-A-Wish Clubs at high schools in Orange County and the Inland Empire worked together to raise a total of $70,000 for our Chapter! These clubs work throughout the year with the ultimate goal of adopting the wish of a very special local child. During the year, six clubs reached that goal!

Special thanks to our top-fundraising club of the year, Sage Hill School! For more information about our high school program, contact Tina Robinette at 714-573-WISH ext. 229 or

Brenna, age 12

I wish to have a special bike Adopted by Costa Mesa H.S.

Kyle, age 14

Citlalli, age 9

Jason, age 18

Adopted by Northwood H.S.

Adopted by Sage Hill School

Adopted by Sage Hill School

Fernando, age 8

Ximena, age 7

Adopted by Irvine H.S.

Adopted by Corona del Mar H.S.

I wish to have a ceiling lift I wish to have a shopping spree I wish to have new dirtbike gear

Manuel, age 16

Kenia, age 18

Adopted by Sage Hill School

Adopted by Fountain Valley H.S.

I wish to meet John Cena I wish to have a shopping spree


I wish to have a Nintendo Wii I wish to have a shopping spree

K-8 Schools As part of a class project, the fifth graders at Newport Coast Elementary School raised enough funds to adopt 9-year-old Christopher’s wish to go to Atlantis Resort to swim with dolphins. Though a partnership with several Orange County grade-schools, Team Kids hosted carnival events throughout the spring, raising enough funds to adopt 9-year-old Cassandra’s wish to go to Disney World. Through food-fair events and a coin drive, Pioneer Middle School students raised enough funds to adopt 6-year-old Meghan’s wish to go to Hawaii.

Four elementary and middle schools were able to adopt the wish of a local child through their fundraising efforts last year! Students from St. Angela Merici Parish School adopted 8-year-old David’s wish to have a shopping spree by selling Make-A-Wish stars to students, families and friends, hosting a benefit dinner at Red Brick Pizza in Brea, having a free-dress day at school and selling popsicles and hot lunch on campus.

The ladies of the Lambda Theta Alpha sorority at California State San Bernardino hosted their annual Wish Week and adopted 6-year-old Abel’s wish to have a PlayStation gaming system!

Special thanks to the following college groups for adopting a wish through events last year!

The Omega Chi chapter of Phi Gamma Delta at Chapman University brought in enough donations at a benefit gala to adopt two wishes, including 12-year-old Matthew’s wish to have a music-themed bedroom and 5-year-old Madeleine’s wish to go to Hawaii! There are many ways college students can get involved with the Foundation through the Wishmakers On Campus program. Whether it’s hosting a fashion show, a tournament or a benefit concert, students have the ability to make an immediate, direct impact on the lives of children and their families. For more information about our K-8 or Wishmakers on Campus programs, contact Courtney Dockstader at 714-573-WISH ext. 316 or

Bionca, age 18

I wish to have a Senior Graduation & Prom Package Montclair, Osteosarcoma Adopted by WL Butler


Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire, Inc.

Statement of Activities Year Ended August 31, 2011 Revenues, gains, and other support Public support Contributions Grants Total public support Special Events Less direct benefit cost to donor Total special events Investment income, net Other income Net assets released from restriction Total Revenues, gains and other support


Expenses Program services Wish granting Total program services Support services Fund raising Management and general Total support services Total expense Change in net assets Net assets, beginning of the year Net assets, end of the year




Temporarily restricted

Permanently restricted

2,463,887 104,100 2,567,987 136,747 (38,860) 97,887 186,718 174,939 167,869 3,195,400

55,133 — 55,133 29,540 — 29,540 — — (167,869) (83,196)

— — — — — — — — — —

2,519,020 104,100 2,623,120 166,287 (38,860) 127,427 186,718 174,939 — 3,112,204

2,788,745 2,788,745

— —

— —

2,788,745 2,788,745

510,669 921,627 1,432,296 4,221,041

— — — —

— — — —

510,669 921,627 1,432,296 4,221,041




2,231,158 1,205,517

155,944 72,748

82,500 82,500

2,469,602 1,360,765


wishes by category

80 70 60 50

Travel Shopping Spree






Computer / Electronics





Room Redo

Wishes in Flight


You hold the ticket to a child’s wish SM Jordan, 12 I wish to go to Australia

On April 16, 2011, we hosted our inaugural Walk For Wishes event at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. With 93 teams and more than 1,100 walkers, we are proud to have hosted the LARGEST first-time Walk event in the Make-A-Wish Foundation's history! It was a great day celebrating in our World of Wishes Festival area and enjoying a spirited 2-mile walk. The event raised more than $114,000 to grant wishes in 2011 – and we are excited to come back bigger and better in 2012!

We’d like to give a special congratulations to our top 5 fundraising teams: Pacific Contours Disney VoluntEARS Alexander's Mobility Services - Tustin Morgan Drexen Mayhem Reach For A Wish (CSUF) And of course to our TOP Fundraiser, our very own wish kid Alisha!

We’d also like to thank our incredible sponsors:

OC Custom Wine

The Sheckler Foundation Morgan Drexen Disneyland Resort Commission for Causes American Charities Center

Donate your miles today at

Registration is open NOW for Walk For Wishes 2012 on April 21. Visit or call us at 714-573-WISH ext. 213 for details!


The 5th Annual

Share The Love Charity Event

A Weekend of First-Class Events Benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire

Shop for Wishes Stroll along El Paseo and enjoy exclusive event specials in many of the local shops! Collect donations from friends and family to earn additional prizes from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Saturday, February 18

Evening Event

Tennis Tournament Golf Tournament

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a Sign up for some great 3-course dinner, live and silent doubles competition at the auctions, special drawings and Indian Wells Tennis Garden, entertainment at the historic home of the La Quinta Resort & Club! BNP Paribas Open. Reserve a table today and tell your friends – space is limited!

Sunday, February 19

Sunday, February 19

Enjoy a unique opportunity to golf at Mr. Larry Ellison’s private estate and golf course, Porcupine Creek, and have a chance to win a fabulous car!

Monday, February 20

For more information, visit

omar, age 3: “I wish to go to Disneyland” Santa Ana, CA – “When the doctors gave us the bad news that Omar had cancer, our lives took a different turn. But today, thanks to Omar’s wish, we smiled again.

We will never forget Omar's face when he met Mickey Mouse. His eyes lit up again and he ran to hug him. He forgot about the pain and he didn't stop smiling. Thank you to all the people who made this happen. In my son's case, his dream did come true!”

– Azucena,

Omar’s Mom


Omar’s wish was adopted by Disney VoluntEARS

Anaheim Bolts Soccer The Anaheim Bolts Professional Indoor Soccer Club and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire are pleased to announce an exciting partnership! Beginning Dec. 2 and continuing through the 2012 season, the Bolts will donate $10 to our Chapter for every goal the team scores while at the Anaheim Convention Center, home of the Bolts. For tickets, visit Visit to see details about a special game on Jan. 27.

Electronic Waste Host your own E-Waste drive or schedule a corporate pickup to donate old electronics and materials to benefit our Chapter. Contact to learn more.

Wheels For Wishes

The 5th Annual Rolling for Wishes event

Donate your car, boat, motorcycle or RV! To schedule a pick up or to find out more information, please call 1-855-860-WISH or visit

Hosted by Jeff Elder and Karla Kjellin-Elder, this year’s event will be held at the fantastic Santiago Canyon Estate on March 3, at 6 p.m. Get a feel for Morocco while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Orange Hills. Entertainment includes a lively casino, silent and live auctions, raffle games, plus tasty Mediterranean food, beer, wine and a martini bar. All funds raised for this event go directly to our Chapter.

$65 per person (until Feb. 3) $75 per person (after Feb. 3) To register, visit

We need backpacks, toys and gift cards! Our wish kids receive toys as enhancements during many phases of the wish process. Whether it’s a gift to break the ice the first time we meet them, or a toy to fill a backpack for them to take on a travel wish, these gifts make each child feel extra special. It is our hope to provide enhancements that will be specific to each child and their unique wish. With your help, we can fill our toy closet with a variety of great gifts! Contact to learn more. Thank you Girl Scout Troop 1727 for collecting gift cards to help us make every wish even more magical!


14232 Red Hill Avenue Tustin, CA 92780 714-573-WISH (9474) LIKE our page on Facebook at to find out what’s happening at your local Make-A-Wish Chapter! Follow us on Twitter at to get updates on events and fundraisers! You can help make wishes come true for local children facing life-threatening medical conditions by becoming a volunteer. We currently have a special need for bilingual, Spanish-speaking Wish Granters throughout the Inland Empire. Visit to fill out a volunteer application or contact our Volunteer Services Team at!

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

April 21 • Orange County Great Park

Come celebrate in our world of wishes with a day of food, fun & a spirited 2-mile walk!

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Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2011  

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

Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2011  

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