World Environment Day (WED) falls on June 5 of every year and is the biggest day for positive environmental action. Plus, it’s easy to get involved! There are plenty of activities to partake in around the world, and you can even register an event of your own. Help to encourage worldwide environmental awareness on WED and make a difference during this year’s theme of "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care."
With summer vacation coming up quickly, it's time to start planning for family trips and hopefully more free time. If you have a road trip coming up, a good stack of books might be the best thing you pack to keep the kids busy. Tablets and e-readers can be great, but there's nothing like a real book. You don't have to worry about keeping batteries charged. Plus for camping, beach trips or days on the boat you don't want to risk the sand or water ruining your electronics.
Reading over the summer will keep your kids' reading skills sharp, all while keeping them entertained. That's why we've put together a great list of fun books your kids will love this summer.
Are you looking to donate a car this summer? Then donate using our car donation program, Wheels For Wishes. Your donated vehicle benefits Make-A-Wish and helps to grant the wishes of children in your community who are battling critical illnesses. With the help of your car donation, Make-A-Wish is able to grant the wish of a new child every 38 minutes!
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to come up with the perfect gift ideas to show your mother just how much she means to you. Whether your mother is into jewelry, arts and crafts, baking, or adventure, we’ve got you covered!
May is National Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection Month, the perfect time to learn more about sun safety. Approximately 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S., making it the most common type of cancer. There are several types of skin cancer, including Actinic Keratosis, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Dysplastic Nevi, Melanoma, and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Learn more about these specific types of skin cancer here.
Wednesday, May 6 is National Nurses Day, which kicks off the weeklong celebration of nurses, National Nurses Week, from May 6-12. If your life has been touched by a nurse or you have a nurse in the family, you know just how important nurses are in our lives. You can thank a nurse who's made a difference for you any day, but May 6 is an extra special day to show your gratitude!
During the month of June, you can get fit while enjoying the gorgeous June weather, and while helping to grant wishes at the same time! Make-A-Wish helps to grant the wish of a child with a critical illness every 38 minutes. When you participate in a local Walk for Wishes event, you can play a part in helping to make this possible. Make-A-Wish depends on generous donors, supporters, and volunteers to accomplish everything that they do for local children.
Whether you're a novice or expert hiker, the Make-A-Wish South Carolina Trailblaze Challenge is a great way to help grant wishes while having a blast on the beautiful Foothills Trail. Make-A-Wish South Carolina hopes to grant more than 160 wishes this year, and you can help them reach that goal by taking on the Trailblaze Challenge.
For most of the country, June is when it really starts warm up and feel like summer is truly near. Depending on where you live, you could be close to a golf outing that can help your local Make-A-Wish chapter.
Golf To Benefit Make-A-Wish Central New York
June 1, the Bellevue Country Club (1901 Glenwood Ave.), hosts the 28th Annual Onondaga Beverage Corporation Make-A-Wish Open. This tournament, which sells out each year, gives golfers the opportunity to make a big impact in the lives of deserving children throughout Central New York. The event offers food, drinks and fun on the golf course. This year, golfers have the option of either Team Best Ball or Captain & Crew formats. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. and the golfing starts with an 11:45 a.m. shotgun start.
The Nelcorp Make-A-Wish Open is held at Traditions at the Glen in Johnson City (4010 Watson Boulevard) on June 8. The tournament provides golfers with the chance to make a difference in the lives of countless deserving children, while enjoying food, drinks and fun at the same time. Registration is at 11 a.m. and the shotgun start is at noon. The events sell out each year, so make your reservation by calling Make-A-Wish Central New York at 800-846-9474 or 315-475-9474.
Massachusetts and Rhodes Island Golf Events
The 23rd Annual Make-A-Wish Golf Tournament kicks off with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. on June 1 at the Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass. In addition to the joy of granting wishes, golfers will also enjoy playing on a course that is consistently listed in Golf Digest's "Top 100 Golf Courses." Participants will play in a play-your-own ball (or best ball) format, where each player plays his or her own ball. For more information, contact Katherine A. Layton at 617-367-9474.
The putting greens and the registration desk for the 2015 Make-A-Wish Golf Classic event open at 10 a.m. on June 8 at the Springfield Country Club. Following that, golfers will enjoy a luncheon before the shotgun start at noon. Please contact Peg Wheble or call 413-733-9474 for sponsorship or player opportunities.
Help Make-A-Wish Georgia
Make-A-Wish Georgia's 19th Annual Tournament of Wishes is at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro on June 8. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11. A reception for the golfers will start after the golfing concludes. The tournament day consists of a scramble format over 18 holes on two courses and an awards reception to follow. For more information, go to the event's website, or contact Kerry Milhaven at 770-916-9474 x.17.
Attend The 19th Annual Tournament Of Wishes
If you love to golf, register for the Make-A-Wish Metro and Western New York's 19th Annual Tournament of Wishes taking place on June 8. This event takes place at the Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford (2000 W. Jefferson Rd.) at 11 a.m. For a single golfer, the registration fee is $200 and for a team of four the fee is $800. Your registration fee includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, a cart, dinner, and prizes. To register or find information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Joel Harper at email@example.com, or go to the event's website.
Support Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
The Make-A-Wish Golf Outing on June 15 at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva (7020 Grand Geneva Way) offers 18 holes of scramble golf on either the Brute or Highlands course. Your purchase includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, golf cart, snacks and refreshments on the course, then cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, a raffle and an awards program featuring stories from wish children and their families after the golf. Registration opens at 10 a.m. with an 11:30 shotgun start. Register at the event's website to make sure you get your spot in the event.
Golf An Elite Memphis Course
The Shaun Micheel Make-A-Wish Golf Classic has raised more than $2.3 million since its inception to benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-South. This event, on June 29 at the elite TPC Southwind (3325 Club House Dr., Memphis), is hosted by 2003 PGA Championship winner Shaun Micheel. This event has incredible Southern hospitality and Memphis-flare from the Pairings Party at the world famous Rendezvous Restaurant on June 28 to the golf on the beautiful course at TPC Southwind. For more information, call 901-680-9474 or check out the event's sponsorship form.
Help Make-A-Wish No Matter Where You Live
Whether you are a golfer or not, or don't live close enough to take part in one of these events, you can help Make-A-Wish no matter where you live. You can help bring joy to children with critical illnesses and all you have to do is to make a car donation to Wheels For Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish. We support many local chapters of Make-A-Wish with the proceeds from car donations. When you donate a car, truck, boat, RV, motorcycle or other vehicle, you can support your local chapter of Make-A-Wish, helping them to grant more wishes for children in your community who could use more hope, strength and joy during a difficult time in their lives.
To donate a car, simply give us a call at [chapter_phone] or use our onlineÂ car donation form. Your car donation will make a positive difference for a child in your community!Â
Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida is celebrating their 21st Annual Wishmaker's Ball on May 30 which will help to celebrate all of the wonderful work that Make-A-Wish volunteers, supports, and wish granters have accomplished. The event will also help to raise funds so that more wishes can be granted for local children living in Orlando, Saint Petersburg, Tampa, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Lakeland.
It’s finally spring, which means it’s time for some much needed spring cleaning! It’s time to air out the house, do some organizing and de-clutter. If your garage is on your list of areas to de-clutter, then you might want to start with a vehicle donation. Why let an unwanted or unneeded vehicle take up space in your garage, driveway, or shed when you can donate it and get a great tax deduction?
Whether you are looking for a black-tie night out, or a way to get the kids out and active, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic has two May events that you can take part in.
The first of the two May Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic events is the Evening of Wishes gala, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on May 16 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Join wish volunteers and supporters at this elegant evening which will help to make wishes come true for local children. The evening includes special food, entertainment, a large silent auction and promises to be a special wish experience. Supporters big and small are invited to enjoy this great evening. Get your individual tickets today for $1,000 or purchase a table at the event for $10,000. Other sponsorship opportunities are still available including:
- Star Sponsor: $50,000
- Wish Sponsor: $25,000
- Hope Sponsor: $15,000
- Strength Sponsor: $10,000
- Joy Sponsor: $5,000
- Supporter: $2,500
Purchase your tickets or become a sponsor today. You can learn more about the Make-A-Wish Gala by visiting the event website. Learn what each sponsorship includes and how you can make a difference in 2015 by taking part in the event or donating an item for the silent auction. Make plans to attend the Make-A-Wish Gala today.
Get Your Child Active At The Sixth Annual Kids Triathlon
Whether your child is active all of the time or not, they will love taking part in the Sixth Annual Make-A-Wish Kids Triathlon. This community-wide celebration is scheduled for May 17, with opening remarks starting at 8:30 a.m. Children from ages 5-6 will begin their triathlon at 9 a.m. with older children beginning 15 minutes later. The triathlon begins at Padonia Park Club in Cockeysville, Md. Activities at the picnic area will begin following the start of the race at about 10 a.m. A picnic-style lunch will be served at 11 a.m.
Children of all ages and backgrounds will benefit from this fun event, as all participants are winners! Swim, bike and run to fundraise for children in the community facing a critical illness. Top finishers at the event will receive an award, but all participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt, goodie bag and victory medal. Children can collect their awards at the awards ceremony, scheduled for approximately 11:15 a.m., following the triathlon.
The registration fee is $45 per child, but participants are encouraged to raise $100 in pledges. This event gives children the opportunity to learn about the power of philanthropy while also enjoying some time exercising outside. Those children who raise the most funds for Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic will be eligible for some great prizes. If you would like to register for the triathlon or if you have any questions, visit the event website or contact your Make-A-Wish chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-962-WISH (9474). Parking is available onsite, so get your directions and circle May 18 on your calendar today! Children must be accompanied by an adult, and an adult is required in order to register.
Help Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Reach Its Goals
In 2014, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic granted the wishes of 395 children. At an average wish cost of $7,500, nearly $3 million went toward granting wishes for children in our local community. You can help when you take part in events like the Evening of Wishes, Make-A-Wish Kids Triathlon, or one of the Walks For Wishes throughout the region.
Another way you can help Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic is by donating a vehicle to Wheels For Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. Both are great ways to help grant the wish of a local child in your community.
To benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, you can donate a car, truck, SUV, RV, boat or motorcycle to Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic's car donation charity, Wheels For Wishes. Wheels For Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic helps kids throughout the region and will help turn your unwanted vehicle into a wish for a local child. Wheels For Wishes takes care of all the work for you.
Wheels For Wishes accepts most makes and models, and vehicles are picked-up or towed away at absolutely no charge to you. Plus, it's easy to donate! Cars, trucks, boats, campers – just give us a call at [chapter_phone] or fill out our online donation form. Either way is easy and will help to grant a wish for a local child!
This May, there are eight exciting events that you and the whole family can take part in. If you live in Georgia, Virginia, South Dakota, Illinois, Connecticut, Oregon, or Michigan, you can participate in a Walk for Wishes event to benefit your local Make-A-Wish chapter. The best part of it all is that you will be helping to grant wishes for local children in your community who are battling critical illnesses.
Every 38 minutes a child has their wish granted thanks to Make-A-Wish. Throughout the United States, children with critical illnesses are having their lives changed every day thanks to the great work of our partner, Make-A-Wish. Whether you live in Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso, or any other city in North Texas, you can help make wishes come true in your community by taking part in an evening of wishes, Saturday, May 16. Make-A-Wish North Texas serves 161 counties and has helped to grant the wishes of thousands of Wish Kids. Learn how it feels to be a part of the magic by taking part in this great Make-A-Wish event May 16.
An Evening Of Wishes Can Mean A Life Of Hope For A Wish Kid
Get your best black-tie outfit ready and clear your schedule the 2015 Wish Night Gala in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole Hotel (2201 N. Stemmons Freeway). This is the 19th year the Wish Night Gala has taken place to celebrate the lives of Wish Kids everywhere and to help fundraise so more children with critical illnesses can have their wishes granted. This is the largest fundraising event of the year, and you can be a part of the splendor.
In the first 18 years of the event, the event has raised nearly $12.5 million – which is enough money to grant nearly 1,700 wishes. Last year's event raised $1.48 million, and organizers hope to have another record year of fundraising. Celebrate the wishes that have come true in the past and meet the heroes that make it happen during one exciting night of Wish magic. The average cost of a wish is $8,000, so your attendance at an event like this can help to make even more wishes possible.
For more information, please contact Tabatha Gonzalez-Olaechea at 214-496-5006, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Help Make-A-Wish Make Their Goal
Make-A-Wish North Texas has granted more than 7,000 wishes since it started in 1982, and it can continue to do this when you support events like the Wish Night Gala. But if you can't make this event, there's another way you can help, and it starts in your garage when you donate a car. When you donate a vehicle to Wheels For Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish North Texas, you are turning your vehicle into wishes for children with critical illnesses in cities like Lubbock, Plano, Irving, Garland, Frisco, Waco, Amarillo, Arlington and throughout North Texas.
We offer free pick-up and towing of all vehicles, running or not, anywhere in Texas. We help turn your vehicle into a wish for a local child, and not only do you get a tax deduction, you get the knowledge that you helped a child turn their wish into reality. Call us at [chapter_phone] or fill out our easy vehicle donation form.
Don't hesitate to give us a call. Even if you aren't sure how to donate a car, representatives will walk you through the car donation process and answer any questions you might have. Give us a call today and help make a wish come true for a child in your neighborhood!
To thank all of their fantastic volunteers, supporters, and wish-granters, Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida will hold their Sixth Annual Wishmaker’s Ball at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa Bay (2900 Bayport Dr.) on May 2. The event will feature an exclusive Derby Race Viewing party, so your best Derby Glam Black Tie attire will be required. This glamourous gala will celebrate the support from the Tampa Bay community in helping to grant the wishes of children in Hillsborough, Hernanado, Pinellas, Polk, and Pasco counties.
Did you donate a car to Wheels For Wishes in 2014? If so, you're eligible to receive a tax deduction for your donation! Perhaps you've already filed your taxes this year, but in case you haven't, don't forget that Wednesday April 15, 2015 is the deadline for filing your 2014 taxes.
The Hudson Valley Wish Ball is a magical evening that helps raise money to fund more wishes for kids in places like White Plains, Yonkers, and Middletown. Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley is currently working on making more than 170 wishes come true, and your attendance will help them reach all of those children. Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley has granted more than 2,300 wishes in its 29 years. Help them continue that amazing progress at the Wish Ball May 8!
Volunteering is not only important for the people you are helping, but it's also an important way to make a difference in your community. National Volunteer Week, which is April 12-18, is a way to encourage people to find new ways to engage in their community and to celebrate those who regularly volunteer.
Many local community organizations greatly benefit from having a strong volunteer base. The events are often easy to take part in, and also a great way to teach children about the importance of giving back to their community.
Finding places that are appropriate for any age – kids or adults – can be a challenge. Here are a few suggestions of where to turn to start your volunteer search.
- Volunteer in the faith community. Churches, synagogues or other local social service providers almost always have a need for volunteers to help plan or run programs or serve on boards or committees.
- Enjoy animals? Most cities have animal shelters that need volunteers to help with walking dogs or feeding animals, to name a few of the chores.
- Know a senior who needs help? Seniors may need help with things like minor work around the house, grocery shopping, or simply having someone to have a cup of coffee with to keep them company.
No matter your passion, whether it's helping organize canned goods at a local food shelf or helping build homes, you can find a way to help in your community. National Volunteer Week, a program of Points of Light, is a great time to start.
National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown each year. This year will have thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. Points of Light helps connect volunteers to opportunities and service projects across the country, based on your interest level. They have more than 250,000 service projects annually in 30 different countries. The annual dollar value of volunteer hours tops $600 million.
National Volunteer Week is a time to inspire, recognize and encourage people to seek out ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.
Helping Kids Is As Close As Your Garage
If one of your passions is helping children, you can do it with a donation of an unwanted vehicle to Wheels For Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish. When you donate your vehicle, you are helping children who are suffering from critical illnesses by giving them an opportunity to have a wish come true.
To donate an unwanted car, truck, boat, motorcycle, or camper to Wheels For Wishes, please call [chapter_phone] or fill out our simple vehicle donation form online. Wheels For Wishes will accept your vehicle whether it runs or not, and it will be auctioned off or recycled and reused to build new vehicles. Car donation is green and eco-friendly, so it’s beneficial in so many ways. Plus, you receive a great tax deduction for your charitable contribution.
A fancy night out – getting dressed up and having an elegant dinner – is always great when you can do it without the kids. But what if you can do it for the kids? That's what the Wish Ball is all about.
The Wish Ball is an evening of charitable giving to fund the mission of Make-A-Wish South Carolina. The event includes an incredible cocktail hour, elegant dinner, music and dancing, as well as silent and live auctions. The event takes place on Saturday night, May 9, at the wonderful South Carolina State Museum (301 Gervais St., Columbia).
Most important, the event raises funds to help us make every eligible child's wish come true.
Sponsorship, Tickets Now Available
Tickets and sponsorship are now available. Sponsorship levels available include:
- $25,000 – Presenting Sponsor
- $15,000 – Hope Sponsor
- $10,000 – Strength Sponsor
- $5,000 – Joy Sponsor
- $1,500 – Star Sponsor
For more sponsorship information or to buy tickets, contact Maggie Nash at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 864-250-0702 x109.
Can’t Make The Wish Ball? You Can Still Help Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish South Carolina has been helping to grant wishes since 1984. In the more than 30 years of the chapter, more than 2,000 wishes have been granted – more than 130 across the state each year. There are ways you can help Make-A-Wish South Carolina, without going to the 2015 Wish Ball. One way is to donate airline miles, which is instrumental in helping to send Wish Kids and their families on their wish trips.
Another way is to donate an unwanted vehicle to Wheels For Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish South Carolina. Donating a vehicle helps kids in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston and throughout the Palmetto State. But it also saves you time and money that you would otherwise spend on getting rid of an unwanted vehicle. That unwanted vehicle will be transformed into a wish for a local child and gives you a great tax deduction at the same time. Wheels For Wishes is an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your donation is 100 percent tax deductible. Your car can make a wish come true!
To donate a vehicle to Wheels For Wishes, please call us at [chapter_phone], or fill out our easy online vehicle donation form. You will feel great about what your old car can do for a local child!
The World Health Organization celebrates World Health Day on April 7 of every year. This year’s theme is food safety, helping people to ensure that the food they eat or the water they drink is safe. Two million deaths occur every year from contaminated food or drinking water, and children and infants are most at risk for suffering the tragic consequences of a foodborne disease. Also at risk are pregnant women, the elderly, and people who are battling a critical illness.