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November 5, 2013
Take A Swing At Helping Make-A-Wish Wish Kids

We can’t all be Arnold Palmer, but we can be a superstar to a child in need. That is what the third annual Make-A-Wish Golf Classic in Austin offers participants Friday, Nov. 22. By participating in this exciting golf outing you will help grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses in Texas. Cost for the event starts at $300 with course fees, cart, boxed lunch and the Post Play Awards Celebration included in the participation fee.

The tournament is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Tournament prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place along with longest drive and closest to the pin competitions on individual holes, among other mini-games. There are also sponsorship opportunities available to anyone interested. To learn more, contact Chad Wicks at the Make-A-Wish office 512-329-9474 or by email at This golf tournament takes place annually at the Barton Creek Resort and Spa at 8212 Barton Club Dr, Austin, Texas.

Funds raised at the golf tournament will benefit Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas. The average cost-per-wish is $7,000, and with a wish being granted every 38 minutes throughout the United States, fundraisers such as the Golf Classic in Austin help to make granting the wishes of children with critical illnesses possible. By participating in this great event, you can be a part of the magic!

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October 31, 2013
Inaugural Lavishly Posh Royal Ball To Benefit Make-A-Wish Georgia

Who doesn’t like to get dressed up for an evening out? What if you could do that while getting the whole family involved AND helping Make-A-Wish Georgia at the same time? That’s what you can do at the Inaugural Lavishly Posh Royal Ball, on Nov. 16 at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Green Street in Augusta. The Artisan Marketplace, featuring at least a dozen local artists, bakers and more, opens at 4 p.m., with dinner and the show beginning at 5 p.m. Attire for the event is formal or Renaissance attire fit for royalty.

Special events include Queen Wisteria of Story Land, distinguished fairytale guests, a family fashion show and talent showcase, ballroom dancing, arts and crafts, swag bag for attendees, and a silent auction. As a special surprise, all princesses whom have attended the Royal Princess Tea Parties at the Lavishly Posh boutique will be honored and receive a special surprise.

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October 31, 2013
Why Granting Wishes Is More Important Than Halloween Candy

Halloween is a much-anticipated day of the year where kids can dress up as their favorite superheroes or scary ghosts, and it gives them a chance to do what they do best, which is being a kid. While many children are able to dress up and go outside hoping to fill their bags with as much candy as possible, others are unable to take part in this experience due to a critical illness. Thankfully, Make-A-Wish is able to grant wishes for deserving children like these, on average, every 38 minutes!

If you are looking to help grant a wish for a child who may not be able to go outside for trick-or-treating in the neighborhood this year, we have the perfect idea for you this Halloween. Your solution could be in your driveway, garage, or shed, or maybe it’s stalled on the side of the road somewhere!

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October 28, 2013
Celebrate Wishes Granted At This Year's Celebrating Wishes Ball

Join other Make-A-Wish volunteers, Wish Kids and donors at this year’s Make-A-Wish Connecticut Celebrating Wishes Ball. To request an invitation or for sponsorship information, contact Tara Navara at 203-880-6967 or The Celebrating Wishes Ball is thrown to celebrate all of the wishes come true for Wish Kids throughout the year. It is a great opportunity to meet and greet with individuals with similar interests while continuing to raise money in support of Make-A-Wish Connecticut.

The ball will take place Saturday, Nov. 2, beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing until midnight. This is a formal jacket and tie event, with all net proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish. There will be opportunities to bid on amazing live auction and silent auction items throughout the night. Guests will also enjoy music by E.T.A.  and fine dining. The celebration takes place at the Greenwich Country Club (19 Doubling Road, Greenwich, CT). You can join honorary committee members, Chris Russo of Sirius Satellite Radio and David Cone, John Flaherty, Kim Jones, Michael Kay and Bob Lorenz of the YES Network while celebrating wishes come true at Make-A-Wish Connecticut’s Celebrating Wishes Ball.

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October 25, 2013
Decide How You Will Make A Difference This Year On Make A Difference Day

October is more than candy and fun costumes – it’s actually an important time to give back to your community and make a difference in the world around you! For more than 20 years, Make A Difference Day has been a day where volunteers of all ages get together to make a difference in the world. This year, that day falls on Saturday, Oct. 26. Take a break from Halloween and instead, spend a few hours giving back to your community!

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October 24, 2013
Walk For Wishes In Hudson Valley This November

Residents in the Hudson Valley area are getting ready to bundle up for their eighth annual Walk and 5k Run For Wishes at Franklin D. Roosevelt Park, 2957 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. The event is being thrown to celebrate hope, strength and joy of Make-A-Wish Wish Kids, all while raising the necessary funds to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses in the Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley region.

Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley has granted the wishes of more than 2,100 children since 1986. There are an average of 160 wishes in progress at any given time for the chapter, and each wish generally costs between $7,500 and $10,000. The goal of these types of events is to raise enough money that every child’s wish can be granted. The wishes provided by Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley can help a child, in one of the darkest moments of their life, to gain hope and strength.

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October 18, 2013
The Sweetest Day In America

The candy holiday before the candy holiday, Sweetest Day will be celebrated this year on Saturday, Oct. 19. Often referred to as a fall Valentine’s Day or a pre-Halloween celebration, the Sweetest Day in America offers the opportunity for individuals in a community to perform gestures of kindness for one another. The day has been used in the past for those more fortunate to give back to their community.

Launched as a promotional event in the 1920s, Sweetest Day has been a long-celebrated holiday in the Great Lakes region, and has spread to become a beloved holiday throughout the United States. It originated from one person’s desire to do something nice for the orphans and displaced residents of Cleveland. During its first year, thousands of boxes of candy were given away in the Cleveland region. The holiday can be celebrated by providing ‘sweet’ acts of kindness for the community.

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October 11, 2013
Do You Know A Child Who Deserves To Become A Make-A-Wish Wish Kid?

At Wheels For Wishes, we are constantly working to benefit Make-A-Wish and the amazing work that they do for local kids. Wheels For Wishes is a vehicle donation program that accepts unwanted vehicles and turns them into wishes for local kids. Benefiting Make-A-Wish, Wheels For Wishes accepts cars, trucks, SUVs, RVs, motorcycles, and boats and either recycles or auctions them off to help local kids.  With the help of our car donations, Make-A-Wish can continue to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses. On average, Make-A-Wish grants wishes every 38 minutes!

If you know of a child between the age of 2 ½ and 18 who is battling a critical illness and deserves a magical wish experience, we can help provide you with everything you need to know in order to refer them to become a Make-A-Wish Wish Kid. Even if you don’t have a child to refer, you can still help local children by donating a car to Wheels For Wishes.

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October 4, 2013
Learn How To Keep Kids Healthy On Child Health Day

Children often know how to turn our frowns into smiles. They know how to make us laugh and how to cheer us up at any given time. This is why it is important to have a day dedicated to learning about keeping children safe and healthy and allowing them to do what they do best—which is just being a kid.

Monday, Oct. 7 is Child Health Day. At Wheels For Wishes, children are so important to us, and we do our best to see that we can help Make-A-Wish grant the wishes of kids with critical illnesses. At Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish, people are able to donate their unwanted cars which will be recycled or reused and transformed into wishes for local kids. We love that we are able to help Make-A-Wish and contribute to their amazing work of helping local children, but we need people like you to help make it happen.

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October 3, 2013
Learn How To Donate Car Or Volunteer To Benefit Make-A-Wish

For most non-profit organizations, much of the good work that they do is helped by volunteers. Whether it’s helping at an animal shelter or a food shelf, it’s not only helpful for the organization, but it can help you feel great about helping an organization in need. It can also be a helpful teaching tool for children to help them understand how grateful they should be for the things they have.

How do you find the best opportunity for you (or you and your family) to participate in? If you’re an animal lover, your local Humane Society is an easy place to start. But if allergies, time commitments or other issues make that not a great match, a site like Volunteer Match may be a way to match you to the opportunity that works best.

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September 27, 2013
How You Can Become A Make-A-Wish Wishmaker On Campus

Being a college student means busy schedules filled with homework, studying, and socializing with friends. However, when you add dealing with a broken down car or car repairs to that list, things can become even more hectic.

Busy schedules or not, college students can still give back to their communities and help Make-A-Wish in a few different ways, starting with donating that car that isn’t worth the hassle. Through the Make-A-Wish car donation program, Wheels For Wishes accepts donated cars and recycles or auctions them off to benefit Make-A-Wish. Donate cars of all makes, models, colors, or sizes, and each and every vehicle will make a difference in the life of a child.

If you are a student who doesn’t have a vehicle to donate just yet, and maybe you have some free time that you are looking to put to great use, consider getting involved with the Make-A-Wish Wishmakers on Campus program. Students will work together to coordinate fundraising campaigns for Make-A-Wish, which will help to grant the wishes of kids battling a critical illness.

If you are already a part of a student organization or sports team, this is the perfect opportunity to get your organization involved in the Make-A-Wish Wishmakers on Campus program. Students are given the opportunity to organize, raise funds, and manage the program with the help of students or advisors.

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September 20, 2013
Ways To Celebrate The First Day Of Autumn

The air is getting cooler and with fewer opportunities to head to the beach, it’s time to get into the spirit of autumn. It may not be warm enough to go swimming, but it’s still the perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall colors. Read some of our ideas for bringing in the season of autumn!

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September 19, 2013
Donate Cars To Help Better The World On The International Day Of Peace

The International Day of Peace will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 21, and will include celebrations and activities all over the world. Individuals, organizations, and nations are encouraged to come together on “Peace Day” to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. Supporters will enjoy festivals and concerts, but there are also ways to create a peaceful world right from your own home, whether online and using the computer or simply making a phone call.

If you have an unwanted vehicle taking up space in your driveway, garage, or shed, consider donating the vehicle you rarely, if ever use, and put it to better use. When you donate your vehicle to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish, you can help to bring hope, strength, and joy back into the life of a child with a critical illness. Donated cars can help Make-A-Wish grant a wish for a local child in your community, while giving them a memory to last a lifetime.

Since an important part of the International Day of Peace includes doing a good deed for someone who needs it, donating a car can be the perfect act of kindness for you. To donate a vehicle, please call [chapter_phone] or fill out our online vehicle donation form. If you don’t have a vehicle to donate at this time, you’re in luck, because there are other ways to get involved on “Peace Day.”

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September 13, 2013
Get Involved In The Make-A-Wish Kids For Wish Kids Program

Wheels For Wishes is a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish and all of the amazing work they do for kids around the world. You can help Make-A-Wish too when you donate an unwanted car to Wheels For Wishes. Through the Make-A-Wish car donation program, Wheels For Wishes accepts donated cars and recycles or auctions them off to benefit Make-A-Wish. Donate cars of all makes, models, colors, or sizes, and each and every vehicle will make a difference in the life of a child.

At Wheels For Wishes, we are thrilled to be able to do what we do so we can help Make-A-Wish grant the wishes of kids battling critical illnesses. You can easily help too, and all you need is a vehicle to donate. However, if you don’t have a vehicle to donate, there are still others ways for you to get involved.

You may be familiar with several of the Make-A-Wish promotions, such as Walk For Wishes, Wishmakers On Campus, Wishmakers at Work, Monthly Giving, Donate Airline Miles, or Planned Giving, but there’s another Make-A-Wish program that also gets kids involved in the wish-granting process. The Make-A-Wish Kids For Wish Kids program allows kids to form committees where they can brainstorm on fundraising for Make-A-Wish and begin the whole fundraising process on their own. If you have children who are interested in making a difference in the lives of others, this could be the perfect program for them.  

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September 12, 2013
Tee It Up At The San Diego Make-A-Wish Golf Classic

When is it even more fun to take a day off work to play hooky and hit the golf course for an afternoon of relaxation? When you could do that for a good cause!

The 25th Annual Make-A-Wish Golf Classic will tee off at Maderas Golf Club – one of San Diego’s top-rated golf courses – on Monday, Oct. 21. The tournament starts with a barbecue lunch at 11 a.m. and a 12:30 shotgun start. The day concludes with a cocktail hour from 5-6 p.m., followed by dinner, awards banquet, live and silent auctions, and a raffle. The highlight of the event will be participating in a special live wish experience with a local Make-A-Wish wish child. 

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September 6, 2013
Get Planting On National Planting Day

Wheels For Wishes is a proud supporter of the green movement. We are always encouraging others to make eco-friendly choices that will help keep America clean and green. At Wheels For Wishes, we accept donated vehicles and recycle or auction them off, so vehicles are always recycled and reused. This helps to extend the lifecycle of vehicles of all makes, models, and years. However, we are also interested in keeping America clean and green in other ways as well, such as by participating in National Planting Day!

Hosted by Keep America Beautiful, the second annual National Planting Day will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7. This event celebrates the value of native species while encouraging others to keep America beautiful by planting native species of trees, flowers, and plants. Native species live or grow naturally without direct or indirect human interaction, which is very important in balancing the environment. They provide habitat for wildlife and they provide food for birds since they tend to attract pollinators and insects. Plus, natives are very low maintenance. Consider planting native shrubs, plants, or a tree on National Planting Day!

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August 23, 2013
Ready For A New Boat Next Spring? Donate Your Old Boat Now

Summer is winding down, which means the opportunities to take the boat out on the lake is coming to an end. Depending on how long you’ve had that boat, maybe you’ll be looking to get rid of it ahead of buying a newer model next spring. If that’s your plan, there’s a much easier solution to selling or trading in a boat that you could get little to no money for.

After investing time and energy into listing a boat and showing it off to potential buyers, it’s a huge disappointment when you are unable to sell it for the price you were hoping for, especially when you have your sights set on a sparkling new boat that you can’t wait to get into the water. This can all change with boat donation.

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August 16, 2013
5 Surprising Car Parts That Can Be Recycled And Reused

Car donation is beneficial in so many ways. It helps to grant a wish for a child battling critical illnesses, and it also helps bring hope, strength, and joy back into a child’s life. But not only is car donation incredibly kind and generous, it is also eco-friendly and contributes to the green movement! When you donate a vehicle to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish, your vehicle will be picked up or towed away at no cost to you. Vehicles are then auctioned off for new owners to use or are recycled and reused.

Wheels For Wishes accepts vehicles whether they are running or not, so your unwanted vehicle can be completely transformed into something bigger and better, while also granting a wish for a local child in your community. Each and every part of your car can be put to better use, even the parts you never thought of as being recyclable or reusable! The lives of these five car parts can be extended longer than you ever thought possible!

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August 8, 2013
Four Things To Accomplish Before The End Of The Summer

As usual, summer is flying by way too fast. It won’t be long before all our green leaves turn to browns and reds and the temperatures start to decline. Summer is almost over, which means it’s time to start checking things off your summer to-do list. Hopefully you’ve been too busy enjoying the warm weather to even think about chores!

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August 2, 2013
Why Online Car Donation Is The Way To Go

In a day and age where just about everything can be done online, it makes total sense that donating a vehicle would be one of those things. The Internet allows us to do everything from shopping for groceries or clothing, paying our bills, to completing our taxes. The internet is a huge timesaver and allows us to get things done at our own convenience. This is especially true when it comes to car donation or getting rid of an unwanted vehicle.

Not only is online car donation quick and easy, but it lets you quickly make your donation while handling the details later. Plus, it saves you loads of time that you would otherwise lose if you were trying to sell or trade in a vehicle.

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