Thursday, March 13, 2008

UnitedHealthcare Donates $10,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation Web Site

LAS VEGAS — The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada today unveiled its new Web site,, to reach more families, sponsors and volunteers.

The site is powered by UnitedHealthcare through a $10,000 donation.

The new site offers visitors an in-depth look at the local chapter’s activities, events and fundraising efforts. The redesign aims to simplify the process to refer children to the organization and to streamline online contributions, including ways to donate air miles, vehicles and volunteer time.

“The Foundation granted more than 150 wishes in 2007, and we know there are many more children in our community who qualify for a wish,” said Karen Iglesias, president of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada. “With more donations and more awareness about who we are and how to refer a child, we can share the power of a wish with every child who is fighting a life-threatening medical condition. We believe will help us accomplish this mission.”

Igelsias also points to enhancements such as actual wish stories from local families and a special section devoted to spotlighting corporate donors who have sponsored wishes as ways to acknowledge support for the organization. One such example is a feature on a recent wish sponsored by UnitedHealthcare.

In addition to the company’s financial support of the new local Web site, UnitedHealth has a national alliance with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. The three-year, $4.5 million alliance – one of the largest in the nonprofit organization’s 27-year history – allows each of the foundation’s 69 chapters to be eligible to receive wish-granting funds. In October, funding by UnitedHealth helped Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada send a three-year-old Las Vegas boy to Hawaii to search for Elvis.

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 870 wishes for local children.

UnitedHealthcare provides a full spectrum of consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services. The company organizes access to quality, affordable health care services on behalf of more than 25 million individual consumers, contracting directly with more than 560,000 physicians and care professionals and 4,800 hospitals nationwide to offer them broad, convenient access to services nationwide.

The new Web site will help the local Make-A-Wish Foundation reach out to the families of children in need and help children see their wishes come true. It's a smart partnership for UnitedHealthcare.

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