Make-A-Wish Michigan celebrates 8,000 wishes granted

Maranda at Make-A-Wish Michigan's Wish Ball (May 14, 2015)
Maranda at Make-A-Wish Michigan's Wish Ball (May 14, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Make-A-Wish Michigan is celebrating its 8,000th wish, granted memorable experiences to children with life-threatening illnesses. Those wishes were honored at the 2015 Wish Ball at Van Andel Arena on May 14.

The gala celebrated each child that’s been granted a wish through Make-A-Wish Michigan. Special guests included Maranda and 24 Hour News 8’s Jack Doles as emcees, MVP and honoree Sue Jandernoa, and Olympic Ice Dancing Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White. The event was sponsored by the Teeny Tiny Toy Store in Saugatuck.

A halftime performance was given by Kids for Wish Kids fundraiser Aubrey Cohoon. The 11-year-old has raised thousands of dollars for Make-A-Wish Michigan and wowed the crowd with a special figure skating halftime performance.

The featured wish kid for the evening was 18-year-old Scott. Scott received the opportunity to interview Davis and White and was surprised with his wish granted, receiving tuition assistance to Ferris State University to study Sports Communications.

Make-A-Wish Michigan continues its great work bringing kids’ wishes to life. The organization anticipates fulfilling wishes for more than 400 additional children in the year ahead.

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