Thursday, February 28, 2008

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada Plans First Wish-Granting Ball

LAS VEGAS — The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada is joining with the Epicurean Charitable Foundation and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino to present Las Vegas’ first Wish-Granting Ball, to be held on the evening of Saturday, May 17 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

The black-tie affair raises funds and awareness for the organization, which grants magical wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses in our community. The evening will celebrate the granting of the 1,000th wish in the Las Vegas Valley.

The Epicurean Charitable Foundation is tapping top chefs to prepare a multi-course dinner for the community leaders, celebrities and supporters expected to attend the gala.

First Lady of Nevada Dawn Gibbons is the honorary dinner chairwoman. Rino Armeni, founder of the Epicurean Charitable Foundation, is the dinner chairman.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 67 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 41 minutes and has granted more than 153,000 wishes in the U.S. since inception.

The Southern Nevada chapter was established in 1996 and has granted more than 800 wishes for local children.

The Southern Nevada chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation serves one of the fastest-growing areas of the country in the southern portion of the state, which includes Clark, Nye, Lincoln and Esmeralda counties. In 2007, 132 wishes were granted, and more than 800 since the organization's inception.

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