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Make-A-Wish Arizona celebrates new home on anniversary of first wish

Chapter looks forward to wish granting growth thanks to gift from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

Scottsdale, AZ (April 29, 2015) – Make-A-Wish® Arizona celebrated the grand opening of its new home, The Parsons Wish House, on Wednesday, April 29. The event was held on the 35th Anniversary of the very first wish, Chris Greicius’ wish to be a police officer. The new property will enable the organization to expand its wish granting capacity to eventually grant the wish of every eligible child in Arizona.  

The Parsons Wish House was made possible by a generous $2.8 million gift from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. Bob and Renee Parsons are active donors with Make-A-Wish Arizona, having pledged more than $6.3 million to the organization over the last two years. Renee Parsons also volunteers her time to the organization as a member of the Board of Directors and as a co-chair for the annual Wish Ball.

“Our slogan for The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is simple – we deal in hope,” said Bob Parsons during the grand opening celebration. “Make-A-Wish gives someone in a tough situation something to hope for, something to live for, something to get by for.”

Located near Thomas and Hayden Roads in Scottsdale, The Parsons Wish House will serve the entire state of Arizona. It is estimated that 540 children are diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions every year in the state, making them eligible for a wish. Currently, children are referred to Make-A-Wish Arizona at a rate of approximately 400 per year.

“The Parsons Wish House will enable our chapter to work toward our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child in Arizona,” said Elizabeth Reich, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona. “We are proud to be the founding chapter of Make-A-Wish, and this new home celebrates not only our future, but our history.”

Make-A-Wish Arizona relies entirely on donors, both individual and corporate, to support their mission of granting the wishes of Arizona children with life-threatening medical conditions.  

“When a child is diagnosed with a life threatening illness their entire family is sent into a tailspin –challenged in ways most of us can’t imagine,” said Renee Parsons. “The new Wish House will be a beacon of hope for these families, and every wish granted a chance to inspire strength and joy.”
  • Make-A-Wish Arizona staff members Arin, Sawyer, Jennifer and Jennifer at the opening of The Parsons Wish House on April 29.

  • Make-A-Wish Arizona Chief Administrative Officer Bob Plowman with board members Tom Hatten of Mountainside Fitness, Ajit Itty of Scottsdale Emergency Associates, and Adam Stine of Stine Enterprises.

  • Make-A-Wish Arizona Board members Stephen Lenn of Sacks Tierney, Todd Jarman of BBVA Compass Bank and Rick Cassidy of RGC Group.

  • Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and Linda Pauling pose with donors Renee and Bob Parsons, of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, in the new home of Make-A-Wish Arizona, The Parsons Wish House.

  • It was standing room only for the special celebration of the new home of Make-A-Wish Arizona, The Parsons Wish House.

  • Arizona wish kids Buddy, Bailey, Kenneth and Tiffany helped at the ribbon cutting of The Parsons Wish House on April 29, World Wish Day.

  • Wish kids Lauren and Kyle help to cut the ribbon at The Parsons Wish House celebration on April 29, World Wish Day.

  • Wish kid Bailey, with Col. Frank Milstead of the Arizona Department of Public Safety; Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane; Renee and Bob Parsons of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation; Derrick Hall, current board chair for Make-A-Wish Arizona and President/CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Elizabeth Reich, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona.

  • Bob Parsons with wish kid Tiffany and her grandfather John at the opening of The Parsons Wish House.

  • Wish kid Kenneth speaks with Make-A-Wish Arizona President and CEO Elizabeth Reich and Renee Parsons of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.

  • Linda Pauling, mother of Chris Greicius, the wish kid who inspired the organization

Make-A-Wish® Arizona
2901 North 78th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(602) 395-9474
Toll Free (800) 324-9474