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Wish Ball raises record amount for chapter

More than 550 people joined Make-A-Wish Oregon in celebrating local wishes at the annual gala held at the Governor Hotel on Saturday, November 2, 2013. The event raised more than $435,000. The money will help make wishes come true for local children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The 2013 Wish Ball, presented by Royal Caribbean, featured a dinner and live auction, as well as a gala ball and silent auction.  Six local kids who had their wishes granted recently were also on-hand to share their inspirational stories.  Eight-year-old Atticus wished to scrimmage against the Portland Timbers with his soccer team, 12-year-old Sam wished to go to Lake Shasta with his family and friends, 6-year-old Sierra wished to go to her favorite theme park, 14-year-old Elijah wished to go on a Caribbean cruise, 10-year-old Kaitlyn wished to sing on-stage with her favorite country music star, and 9-year-old Cason wished to meet a wolverine in Alaska.

Debora Knapp of KATU-TV returned for her tenth year as the emcee of the dinner.  KATU also produced a touching video that captured the magic of Atticus’ wish, which was shown at the gala ball portion of the evening.

Among the highlights of the 2013 Wish Ball included a photobooth that featured Darth Vader and Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion of the Cloud City Garrison, a Star Wars Imperial Costuming club.

A special thanks to the following Wish Ball sponsors for helping to make so many dreams come true: Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys, Tube Specialties, Alaska Airlines, Pacific Seafood, SET, and Total Wine & More.

“We are able to make wishes come true because of the generosity of our volunteers, community and donors,” said Laila Cook, CEO of Make-A-Wish Oregon.  “I believe the true power of a wish is like a stone thrown into a lake that continues to ripple out and impact a family, the child’s school and the entire community surrounding that sick child.”

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