Wish Ball Raises $2.2 M to Help Fund 320+ Future Wishes

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Posted By on April 10, 2017

Make-A-Wish® Arizona, the founding chapter of Make-A-Wish,  raised more than $2.2 million during the 2017 Make-A-Wish Arizona Black & White Wish Ball on March 25. According to Make-A-Wish, the funds will help grant more than 320 future Arizona wishes.

The Wish Ball, which celebrates the mission of Make-A-Wish Arizona by raising funds to grant the wishes of Arizona children with life-threatening medical conditions, had more than 800 attendese this year. The event organized by co-chairs Andrea Stewart-Pritchett, Katie Wilson and Evon Yaro-Fig.

The event featured seven Arizona wish kids and their wish stories, including highlighted wish kid Jamie, 14, who wished to go to Costa Rica after beating cancer. Her video and speech to the crowd received a standing ovation. The evening also featured a live auction, which included two unique opportunities for attendees: the chance to be written into a best-selling novel by author Clive Cussler and the potential to win a Harley-Davidson Street 500c and a tattoo with Bob Parsons, founder of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation and owner of Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale.

Click below to view the photo gallery from the event.

Photo credits: Ben Arnold Photography and Loren Anderson Photography

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  • Guests dancing with Veronica
  • Jessica Suzuki at her table
  • Dancing after the Wish Ball
  • From left: Elijah, Jamie, Nikolas, Timmee, Veronica, Caleb and Ethan
  • Nikolas sells raffle tickets to attendees
  • Wish Ball theme was Black & White
  • Room at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa
  • Guests dance with wish kid Veronica
  • Wish kid Timmee and her mother
  • Clive and Janet Cussler
  • Debbie Gaby
  • Co-chairs Andrea Stewart-Pritchett, Katie Wilson and Evon Yaro-Fig
  • Oscar de la Salas and Carol Hutchinson Clemmensen with Jill Krigsten and Rod Riley
  • Board Member Adam Stine (in white) with his guests
  • Co-chair Evon Yaro-Fig with members of the Wish Ball committee
  • Wish Kid Jamie with her sister Katie
  • Elijah with Wish Ball co-chair Evon Yaro-Fig, Julie Morrison and Dana Snyder
  • The silent auction items at the 2017 Make-A-Wish Arizona Wish Ball
  • Clive and Janet Cussler with the two bidders who won a chance to be in his next best-selling novel, Jay Petkunas and Rick Cox. Also with Make-A-Wish Arizona CEO Elizabeth Reich.
  • Make-A-Wish Wish Ball
  • Catherine Anaya and wish kid Jamie
  • Make-A-Wish Arizona Board Member Jen Moser
  • Make-A-Wish Arizona Board Member Catherine Anaya
  • Renee and Bob Parsons with wish kid Timmie and the winner of the diamond necklace raffle, Jessica Suzuki
  • 1)	Auctioneer Leticia Frye with wish kid Nikolas, who wished to meet Pope Francis, during Fund-A-Wish
  • Bob and Renee Parsons
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