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September 24, 2008 > Make-A-Wish Foundation(r) honors supporting 'heroes'

Make-A-Wish Foundation(r) honors supporting 'heroes'

Submitted By Elaine Kauffman

The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation(r) honored thirteen "heroes" at its Annual Meeting on Monday, September 15, 2008. These corporations, groups and individuals have shown extraordinary support of the organization over the past fiscal year. Heroes are selected based on their contributions of cash or in-kind goods and services, but are generally not acknowledged in any other way publicly.

"We are so honored to be able to acknowledge these heroes whose extraordinary support helps us grant over 300 wishes per year," said Patricia Wilson, Executive Director of the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation. "This year's heroes range from a high school junior who has raised over $100,000 over the past four years, to the many Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in our region who not only provide rooms to wish families but engage in a number of fundraising events for us, as well. This is just a small way to acknowledge their huge efforts."

This year's Make-A-Wish heroes are:

Fremont wish parents Veronica and Frank Johnson whose Dylan Johnson Memorial Bowl-A-Thon has raised over $70,000 in eight years. The Johnsons lost their son, Dylan, to heart disease in 2000 when he was only two. They still fondly remember their visit to Disneyland with Dylan provided by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and started their bowl-a-thon to help support the Greater Bay Area chapter. The 9th annual bowl-a-thon will be held on Saturday, October 18, in Fremont.

The students at Holy Spirit School in San Jose who raised over $900 during their "Make a Sacrifice, Make A Wish Come True" campaign.

Eighteen-year-old Sarah Schatzman, a former wish child from San Jose, who donated $9,500 from the dance she organized at her school, Presentation High School.

Polly Schulze, coach of the Santa Clara University Women's Golf Team and organizer of "Birdies for Wishes," which has raised over $25,000 since 2003.

Wish dad John McEntagart, who has raised $28,000 from the golf tournament he started to support Make-A-Wish.

Blackhawk Corporation of Danville which has donated over $37,000 to the chapter and has pledged to fund one wish per month.

Chicken Chow Down, the Alameda-based barbecue party which raised over $40,000 this past year.

Seventeen-year-old AJ Casella of Tiburon who brought in $42,000 from his Fish For A Wish fishing tournament.

Local Hyatt Hotels & Resorts who contribute hospitality services, as well as host fundraising events that totaled $65,000 last year.

The Martinez-based Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company and Cherne Contracting Company which raised over $68,000 in their campaign to donate money for each day of injury free excellence on the job.

RREEF Leasing and Property Management which brought in over $80,000 by selling Holiday Wish Stars.

Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, host of The Croquet Invitational & Charity Auction, and contributor of $80,000 in FY 2008.

La Folie's Roland Passot whose leadership has helped grow the chapter's Wine and Wishes event and who helped raise $135,000 through live auction lots that he donated.

For more information or to refer a child for a wish, please call (800) 464-9474 or visit

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