One special young lady will share the story of her wish at the upcoming third annual Evening of Hearts and Wishes in Augusta on Saturday, February 4, benefiting Make-A-Wish Georgia.
Emerson was born with a birth defect that did not allow one side of her heart to fully form. She had to undergo a number of open-heart surgeries to correct the condition.
When she was six, Emerson had her wish granted to go see Annie on Broadway in New York City. Now nine years old, Emerson lives a healthy and normal life with her family in Augusta, thanks in part to the memories created on her wish.
Emerson’s wish is also significant because it represented 6,000th wish milestone for Make-A-Wish Georgia back in 2013. Almost four years later, the organization has since crossed the 7,000th wish marker during over 22 years in Georgia.
Wishes like Emerson’s are made possible because of fundraisers like the Evening of Hearts and Wishes. In its first two years, the Augusta event has raised more than $40,000 for local children. With this support, Make-A-Wish Georgia granted 19 wishes to Augusta kids in 2016. However, there are currently 26 children waiting for their wish to come true in the Augusta area.
An annual fundraising tradition, the Evening of Hearts and Wishes will begin at 7 p.m. at the home of a W.I.S.H. Society member. In addition to Emerson’s wish story, there will also be hors d'oeuvres and other opportunities to support wish granting efforts.
The W.I.S.H. Society has raised more than $500,000 since being founded in Atlanta in 2011. Currently, there are over 50 members of the W.I.S.H. Society in both Atlanta and Augusta. Visit www.georgia.wish.org/WISHSociety to learn more.
In addition to the Augusta event, there will be another Evening of Hearts and Wishes happening in Atlanta
on Saturday, February 11
at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC).