“I have always kind of known about it, talked to people who volunteered or families who had received a wish,” said Jill. Plus, her work raising funds for Phoenix Children’s Hospital had her learning first-hand from wish families about the power of a wish.
“We would be talking with families and the parents would share that their child had a wish and how thrilled they were with the experience, and how much hope it gave their child and their family,” said Jill. “It really showed how important wishes could be to a child.”
When a friend, Jennifer Moser, invited Jill to learn more about the organization as a member of the Wish Ball committee, Jill jumped at the chance.
“I attended the Wish Ball and it was a great event, and soon Jen said, ‘you should chair the Wish Ball’ so I considered it and said yes,” said Jill. “When you can feel the excitement of the charity in the event, when you know what the charity does and how it can really make an impact, it just gives you something extra – that spark that says ‘yes, I want to be involved!’”
Jill co-chaired the 2016 Wish Ball with Mari Lederman, raising more than $1.6 million in one evening.
“I was excited to see the event grow, to grant even more wishes than it did the year before,” said Jill. “But I was also excited as a wish granter because my wish kid, Jayne, became a fashion designer that night, auctioning off her designs. It is pretty cool to be a wish granter.”
After her work with the Wish Ball, Jill was asked to join the Make-A-Wish Arizona Board of Directors. She has been on the board for two years now and loves helping the organization remain fiscally responsible while ever increasing the number of wishes it grants for Arizona children with critical illnesses.
“How could you not want to be a part of an organization that works with children who are dealing with so much, that works to create and grant their one true wish,” said Jill. “The Wish Ball is fun, for sure, planning a great celebration that also helps to fund future wishes. But to be a part of the Board is to be a part of the infrastructure of the organization. We help make sure we can continue to grant more and more wishes each year, wishes that make a difference in the lives of Arizona wish kids and their families.”