The Associate Board of the Make-A-Wish® Illinois unites young professionals together to share the power of a wish® and support the organization's efforts by creating awareness through event-based fundraising, volunteerism and outreach among Generations X and Y. The Associate Board was formed in 2006 and since its inaugural year, has raised more than $500,000 for Make-A-Wish!
The men and women serving on the Associate Board are considered "rising-stars" in their professions and have a passion for Make-A-Wish with at least 6-8 years of business experience. The Associate Board is instrumental in raising funds through events such as Walk and Run for Wishes, Bags to Wishes, and I Wish To Party.
A family friendly event, Walk & Run for Wishes features a walk/run course on Chicago's lakefront as well as children's activities. This event is generally held in early Fall at the Chicago lakefront.
Held in November, I Wish to Party is a event held at a popular nighclub in Chicago. Previous venues have included Rockit Bar and Grill and The Griffin Lounge. The event is targeted toward young professionals looking to support local philanthropy. Typically, the night draws several hundred people and includes appetizers, drink specials and giveaways. I Wish to Party 2012 will be held at ROOF on theWit on Saturday, November 17.
Bags to Wishes is a bags/cornhole tournament held in the spring in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago. A more casual gathering, participants can come to compete or simply buy a ticket to cheer on the teams and support Make-A-Wish. Bags to Wishes is a great way to bring friends together to support a worthy cause. The 2010 Bags to Wishes (pictured left) was held at The Cubby Bear. Find more information at http://www.bagstowishes.org/.
Associate Board Roster 2012-2013
Deloitte Consulting, LLP
Dana Blum Lane
Dana Kuhman Whitty
Steven J. Novak III
James R. Teague
Many doctors tell us that a wish is powerful medicine. The doctors provide the medicine and we provide the magic!