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Jam the Dam


February 10, 2016


Beaverton, Oregon

5-year-old Make-A-Wish® kid part of starting lineup at Beaverton High School game

Wish child featured at Friday’s Jam the Dam


Beaverton (February 12, 2016) – Twenty-seven and counting. That’s how many wishes the students at Beaverton High School have granted to local kids in the last 13 years through Make-A-Wish® Oregon’s Kids For Wish Kids® program. So far, BHS has raised about $135,000. This year, its goal is to bring in another $20,000. The money helps Make-A-Wish Oregon grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The students’ fundraising campaign, Week of Wishes, culminates with this tonight’s Jam the Dam basketball game against Glencoe High School. Tipoff for the varsity game takes place at 7:15 p.m. Wish kid Elijah Maurer (pictured left), age 5, will take part in pre-game activities and will be introduced as part of the varsity starting lineup. Elijah is battling Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. His wish to go on a cruise came true last fall thanks to generous supporters like Beaverton High School.

We invite you to attend Jam the Dam to help cheer on kids like Elijah and celebrate the great work these local students are doing for local children with life-threatening medical conditions. A special thanks to First Tech Federal Credit Union for supporting this year’s Kids For Wish Kids Program.

  • Date: Friday, February 12, 2016
  • Time: 7:15 p.m.
  • Place: Beaverton High School Gym, 13000 SW 2nd St, Beaverton, OR 97005
  • On-site contacts/interview opportunities:
    • Catherine Spellman, Make-A-Wish Oregon, 503-720-8836
    • Kathryn Robinson, Beaverton High School, 503-341-0229


About Beaverton High School’s Week of Wishes

Beaverton High School has supported Make-A-Wish Oregon for the past 13 years through hosting its annual “Week of Wishes” fundraising week, featuring a rivalry basketball game called “Jam the Dam”. BHS developed its Week of Wishes program for the Sports and Events Marketing class as a part of Make-A-Wish Oregon’s Kids for Wish Kids® program, integrating it into the yearly curriculum to learn all aspects about hosting and managing a successful sporting event with an added motivation of fundraising for a local cause. The fundraising events that take place during Week of Wishes are completely student-run.

In 2016, our generous sponsor, First Tech Federal Credit Union, will match up to $10,000 of new donations from Kids For Wish Kids partners during the 2015-2016 school year. 


About Make-A-Wish® Oregon

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Oregon chapter is one of 62 Make-A-Wish chapters in the United States. With the help of generous donors and nearly 300 volunteers, the Oregon chapter has granted more than 3,300 wishes in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.  For more information about Make-A-Wish Oregon, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.



Press Contact

Kaitlyn Bolduc
Public Relations & Communications Manager
2000 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 410
Portland, OR  97201

Phone : (503) 292-2280 x3371
Fax : (503) 292-9423

Make-A-Wish® Oregon
2000 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 410
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 292-2280
Toll Free (800) 934-9474