Approximately 600 participants came to the University of Arizona mall on October 9 to support the more than 380 Arizona wish kids scheduled to have a wish granted this year. Attendees were treated to fun at sponsor booths as well as an opportunity to see their impact when 10 wish kids came on stage to show their wishes being granted by the funds raised.
More than 55 teams and 625 individuals were scheduled to participate in the morning’s festivities.
“As a wish kid, I am in awe that so many people came together to make wishes come true for people they might not ever meet,” said Arizona wish kid Sara Koenig. Sara, who wished to go to Italy, was a co-host of the event with Channel 4 personality Kristi Tedesco.
With the average cost of a wish approximately $10,000, the money raised by the Walk For Wishes will help grant more than 10 Arizona wishes.
Top fundraisers – both individuals and teams – were recognized at the walk. Winners included:
Top Fundraising Individuals
1) Craig Desnoyer from Team EY – $4,685
2) Alan Leffler from Team Tucson Business Club – $1,450
3) Ken Krapf from Team Bank of Tucson – $1,000
Top Fundraising Team
1) UA Chi Omegas — $21,000
2) Win3 Realty — $20,000
3) Ernst & Young — $6,000
Largest Team was the UA Chi Omegas with more than xxx team members.
“The Walk has become a signature event for our chapter, allowing our supporters to mingle with our wish kids and their families as they too commit to raising money for other wish kids,” said Elizabeth Reich, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona. “To see the Tucson community come together to support wish kids in their state is a great sight.”
The Tucson Walk For Wishes is an annual event for all ages held at the University of Arizona mall.