Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana has granted over 12,000 wishes! As August kicks off, there are several fun ways for you to help them continue granting wishes this year. The 20th Annual Kelleys Island Swim on Aug. 3 and the 48th Annual National Tractor Pull from Aug. 15-17 are two exciting events that you can attend to support Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

If you can’t make it to those events but are still looking for a way to help grant wishes, there are lots of other opportunities for you to do so. With the fall semester starting up soon, why not think about becoming a Wishmaker on Campus to bring together your friends, team, or student organization for a fundraising event supporting Make-A-Wish? Another great opportunity to help Make-A-Wish is to consider donating your car, truck, boat, or RV to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. These are just a few of the great opportunities for you to help grant wishes for children facing critical illnesses.  

The 20th Annual Kelleys Island Swim

On Aug. 3 come out to the Portside Marina in Kelleys Island, Ohio (114 W Lakeshore Drive) to support two swimmers – Jeni Hammond and Cindra Mielke – as they brave Lake Erie to raise money for Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. They are expected to return to the Portside Marina between 11:30 a.m. and noon, where you can join them for a celebration! You can bring the whole family to cheer them on. 

The 48th Annual National Tractor Pull

From Aug. 15-17 in Bowling Green Ohio, come to the Wood County Fair Grounds (13800 W Poe Road) for an exciting weekend of tractor pulls. Each year this event brings together the community for the excitement of the championship and the joy of granting wishes. A live auction will be held on Saturday between pulling sessions, and donations will be collected throughout the weekend. All proceed from the event benefit Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Become A Wishmaker On Campus

If you’re part of a sports team, club, Greek organization, or just want to gather some friends together, consider starting an event on campus to raise funds for Make-A-Wish. The Wishmakers on Campus program is a great way to help bring hope, strength and joy into the lives of children in your community who are facing critical illnesses. All you need to do to start being a Wishmaker is to come up with an event and register your organization with Make-A-Wish. You can learn all about Wishmakers on Campus by contacting Community Campaigns Manager Breana Krotz by phone at 877-206-9474 or by email at

Donate Your Unwanted Vehicle

Did you realize it’s time for a new car after a family road trip this summer? Or is it time to upgrade that old boat for a new model? Wheels For Wishes offers a hassle-free way to get your old vehicle off your hands. Avoid the stress of selling, repairing, or maintaining your used vehicle by donating it to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

We accept all types of vehicles such as cars, trucks, RVs, boats and Jet Skis. Donated vehicles are either recycled or auctioned off to a new owner, and the proceeds from its sale go to Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. To make a donation call 1-877-431-9474 or fill out our easy online donation form. Either method only takes a moment of your time, but will make a huge difference in the life of the child whose wish you help grant with your donation.