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Arco AM/PM stores are participating in the All Star wish star program again this year, for the fourth year in a row.  Over 70 stores in the Bay area are selling wish stars at $1.00 each, with all proceeds going to the Greater Bay Area chapter.  The program will run for the entire month of June.  Last year local stores raised almost $25,000!  Be sure to stop by your nearby Arco AM/PM store and support their efforts by buying a star for Make-A-Wish. 

If your company is interested in joining our All Star program, please contact us at [email protected].

Morton's The Steakhouse Partners with Make-A-Wish
30 Wishes for 30 Years

Morton’s The Steakhouse will celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary in 2008 by raising funds to grant a wish for every year the restaurant has been in business. With 78 locations worldwide, individual restaurants will host events focusing on raising money to benefit the Foundation. There are two

Morton’s restaurants in the Greater Bay Area, one in San Francisco and the other in San Jose.  Starting in July Morton's will feature their original Million Dollar Hamburger to benefit the Foundation.  Make-A-Wish will receive $5.00 for every burger ordered during Sunday lunches from July through September.  In addition, one dining booth at each of these restaurants will be designated the Make-A-Wish booth, which will be decorated with photos of area wish kids and used to host wish children and their families on their wishes. Morton’s employees are also being encouraged to volunteer at our chapter, and a “wishing well” in the back room of each location will be used to encourage financial contributions.  For more information go to http://www.mortons.com/30wishes

Be sure to visit your local Morton's to participate in this special promotion:
         400 Post Street                        177 Park Avenue
         San Francisco                           San Jose
         415/986-5830                           408/947-7000

The Midas Touch for Make-A-Wish
May 5 - June 28

Midas will be making a $5.00 donation to the Foundation for Every Midas Touch™ Maintenance Package (MTMP) sold from May 5 to June 28.  The MTMP is $34.95.  Think of Make-A-Wish when you get your next tune-up.  To see more click here



We're proud to announce a very special adoption.  Tiny Prints has adopted the wish of 13-year-old Shannon who wanted to have a puppy.  After the meeting with  volunteer wish grantors, Shannon’s wish was kept a surprise by her parents who waited until delivery of the puppy was arranged to let Shannon know her wish was going to be granted.  Without her parents or the Make-A-Wish Foundation knowing, Shannon had been carrying around a picture of the puppy she wanted for weeks in hopes of it being hers one day. Imagine her excitement when she found out it already was!  Shannon and her puppy, Roxy, went on a shopping spree to Petco where Shannon picked out many toys, treats and even a leopard print raincoat for Roxy.  None of this would have been possible without the support of Tiny Prints who participated in our Adopt-A-Wish® program.  Not only did they support the magic of her wish with a generous gift of $7,500, but Tiny Prints custom-designed stationery for Shannon to send to her friends and family to announce Roxy as the newest member of her family.  It was the perfect enhancement to her special wish.  Many thanks to Tiny Prints (www.tinyprints.com) for helping make this wish come true! 

Student Council Advisor, Tanya Rianda, and ASB President, Tomas Rojas, accept their Hero Award
from Executive Director, Patricia Wilson.
La Entrada School, located in Menlo Park, has a yearly Penny Week to raise money for a worthy cause. For two years running the Student Council has selected Make-A-Wish to receive the proceeds of their campaign. Last August the La Entrada Student Council was honored at the Foundation’s annual meeting as one of 11 Make-A-Wish Heroes for their donation of $3,135 in FY ‘07. This year the penny campaign netted $1,488 for the Foundation. $4,623 over two years - that’s a lot of pennies!

 The Hyatt Hotels Corporation has entered into a three-year partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to directly support the wish experience.  Hyatt is encouraging each of its properties to make either cash donations or in-kind contributions that will help grant wishes in its market.  In addition, the hotels are providing rooms for wish kids, as well as coordinating a marketing initiative encouraging members of their frequent guest program, Gold Passport, to donate their Hyatt points to Make-A-Wish.  Seven Hyatts in the Bay Area have already contributed in several ways, from hosting a golf tournament to donating auction items to MAW fundraising events to attending MAW events, like Bowl-Across-The-Bay (see photo below).

We are grateful to these local Hyatt Hotels and Resorts® that have made contributions to the Greater Bay chapter:
Highlands Inn, Park Hyatt Carmel    
Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf
Hyatt Regency Monterey Bay
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Embarcadero
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
Hyatt Regency SFO
Hyatt Vineyard Creek


Haleigh's Wish to be a Pastry Chef

Imagine just having had your 8th birthday - a special celebration in itself, but given that you were not expected to live to see this birthday - well that’s a real celebration! Now imagine that your wish is to be a pastry chef and having shared your wish with the Make-A-Wish Foundation you found yourself in the pastry kitchen of the five-star restaurant of The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. That was just the beginning for this little girl who is now in complete remission from cancer. Haleigh already knows what she wants to be when she grows up: a pastry chef with her own bakery.  Her dream is so real; she even described her future bakery to her wish grantors. It will consist of three floors, with a basement kitchen, a first floor restaurant and a second floor for customer overflow.

While working in the pastry kitchen of The Ritz-Carlton Haleigh was all business, focusing intently on the job at hand. The entire Ritz culinary team were committed to making her wish experience phenomenal, and it was. Haleigh made a wedding cake, cookies and cupcakes. After an afternoon of sightseeing, Haleigh and her family were guests of honor at a special celebration hosted by KRON 4’s Joey Altman at the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop at Ghirardelli Square. Haleigh and her guests were treated to ice cream sundaes, and a proclamation from Mayor Gavin Newsom was read announcing that day as “Haleigh’s Day in San Francisco.” The next morning found Haleigh working with pastry chef Patti Dellamonica-Bauer at One Market Restaurant. Haleigh baked a cake for her family who were guests of One Market that night. In addition, she and Patti prepared a small dessert amuse that was served to all dinner guests that night in celebration of One Market’s 15th anniversary.

After her wish, Haleigh said to her father, “Daddy, I’ve been shaking hands with so many real live chefs!” Haleigh now has a head start on becoming a real chef herself one day.

Haleigh's wish was underwritten by the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company.

Christopher's Cross-Country Flight 

Chief Pilot Bill MCClure, Captain Allen Dodson, Christopher, his mother Alice and father John.

Eighteen-year-old Christopher of Concord, CA, has loved flying since his first time in an airplane when he was six.   This accomplished young man has already received his single engine pilot’s license, but recently, he has been unable to fly because his illness, sarcoma of the liver.  So, his wish was to sit “jump seat” on a cross-country flight and see first-hand what happens inside a cockpit.  After an extensive search, the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation® partnered with Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., headquartered in Little Rock , AR, to make this wish come true.  Robert M. Wilson, Jr., Managing Attorney for the law firm, stepped forward and offered to have Christopher fly in a jump seat in the cockpit of his private jet.

Chris began his trip when he, his mother and father traveled to Washington, D.C., where they were treated like VIPs, with hotel accommodations, limousine service and behind-the-scenes tours of several aviation museums.  Then, the day of his wish finally arrived.  Chris and his parents boarded the Wilson jet at a private airport in Dulles, VA.   After two hours in the air, the plane landed in Little Rock for refueling and a little celebration in the home town of Wilson & Associates.  At the airport he was greeted by the Trojan Pep Band from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, interviewed by a local TV station and given several gifts, including a leather bomber jacket presented by Mr. Wilson.   Chris also met Col. Bob Wilson, a former WWII pilot and member of the Aviation Hall of Fame, who presented him with a replica set of wings.   

Next the group took off for the final leg of their journey to San Francisco.  During the flight the pilot allowed Chris to assist, as well as communicate with ground control.  In San Francisco Chris was greeted by several friends from the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation, including representatives from United Airlines and the San Francisco Police Department.  There he received a proclamation from the Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office declaring the day “Christopher Hansen Day in San Francisco,” United Airlines memorabilia, including authentic United Airlines pilot wings, another flight jacket and an aviator watch.  “It was just amazing,” said Chris, beaming the entire time.  He said he felt like a celebrity the entire day.

Contributing to the success of this wish were:

  • Robert M. Wilson, Managing Attorney of Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C.
  • Chief Pilot Bill McClure and Captain Allen Dodson
  • Landmark Aviation
  • Taylor Holbert and Central Flying Service
  • Don Emmons
  • Dan Karthasand United Airlines
  • Capt. Ron Roth, SFPD
  • Make-A-Wish of the MidSouth
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic

   The Greater Bay Area chapter has again received a "Four Star" rating (the highest available) from Charity Navigator.  Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of America's largest charities.  It is perhaps the most widely used donor resource, and has been featured on "Good Morning America" and in Readers Digest.
   Our chapter is now among a distinguished group of charity organizations that have been awarded the Best In America Seal of Approval.  The purpose of the "Best In America" distinction is to help potential contributors easily identify which organizations are considered among the top charities in the country - those that meet the high standards of Independent Charities of American (ICA) and Local Independent Charities of America (LICA).  Of the 1,000,000 charities in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this seal.