SCOTTSDALE (March 1, 2016) – Make-A-Wish® Arizona is proud to announce that our chapter has been selected as the Arizona Association of Student Councils official statewide charity for the next three years.
“We are so honored that the students recognized the impact a wish can have on a child with a life-threatening medical condition and want to support our efforts to reach more children in Arizona each year,” said Elizabeth Reich, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona. “We can’t wait to see what innovative ideas these students bring to support our fundraising goals.”
Arizona Association of Student Councils unites student leaders across the entire state of Arizona. More than 1,800 high school students, educators and advisors from across the state gathered in Flagstaff in February for the association’s annual convention.
During the convention, the student leaders hosted a competition of three charities, giving each time to present, before the students voted on their charity of choice.
With this partnership, hundreds of Arizona high schools have the chance to Share the Power of a Wish® within their communities.
“We already have ten schools planning wish weeks with activities and events to raise funds,” said Erin Mortensen, external events manager for Make-A-Wish Arizona. “To see students so dedicated to supporting our chapter and our wish kids is very inspirational.”
“I’ve been involved with Make-A-Wish before and wanted to bring it to Highland. Right now we are in the middle of our wish week. We have all kinds of fundraising going on at different places in the community as well as on campus. It’s awesome to see all the students so pumped about helping Make-A-Wish Arizona,” said Hunter Maready, senior at Highland high school.
Make-A-Wish Arizona granted more than 104 wishes in 2015 to high school age students and approximately 25 percent of Arizona wishes in 2016 have been granted to kids in high school. Currently, 30 percent of referrals are kids between the ages of 14 and 18.
“We know these leaders will empower their fellow students to make a difference in the life of a local child who is facing a life-threatening medical condition,” said Reich.
About Make-A-Wish® Arizona
Make-A-Wish® Arizona is the founding chapter of Make-A-Wish®, the world’s largest wish granting organization which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. With the help of generous donors, Make-A-Wish Arizona grants more than 365 wishes annually. For more information, visit www.arizona.wish.org to discover how you can share the power of a wish®.
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