ATLANTA – On Saturday morning, more than 600 participants gathered to raise over $250,000 for local wishes at the 12th Annual Walk For Wishes Atlanta outside of Philips Arena.
With an average wish cost of $10,000, this amount will help to grant more than 25 wishes in Georgia. However, there are still more than 750 children still waiting for their wish across the state.
“Walk For Wishes Atlanta is crucial for raising both dollars and awareness of local wishes in our community,” said Make-A-Wish Georgia CEO, Tim Earley. “This is a prime opportunity to gather this community together in support of our vision of granting every eligible child’s wish throughout our state.”
Twenty wish families participated in this year’s walk by either attending or helping to raise funds. These families represent the nearly 7,000 local children who have received wishes in Georgia since 1995. Four of these children also served as wish ambassadors. These ambassadors mingled with sponsors, spoke during the event program and even led the walk itself.
Nine-year-old Harrison wished for a treehouse. Ten-year-old Joshua wished for a backyard basketball court. Nine-year-old Ellie wished to be a guest judge on the TV show Master Chef Junior. And six-year-old Leah wished to go to Disney World.
The community fundraising event has been happening in Atlanta since 2004. The signature walk takes participants in a two-mile loop around downtown Atlanta. Pre-walk festivities included live music, face painting, sand art, tailgating games and balloon animals.
Thanks to all of the generous event sponsors and individual donors who make this possible. Some of our top sponsors include The Home Depot, Wilson Parker Homes, Balfour Beatty Construction, Graphic Packaging, Geico, Heery, AT&T and Transwestern.
Fundraising for Walk For Wishes Atlanta is still ongoing. Those wishing to support the cause can visit www.WalkForWishesGeorgia.org/Atlanta to donate until May 31, 2016.
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of the event. Photos courtesy of Nicole Wood Photography