Make-A-Wish® South Carolina was honored with a prestigious award at the 2016 Make-A-Wish® America Annual Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona. Make-A-Wish America awarded the South Carolina chapter the Rising Star Award. The honor is awarded to chapters who have made significant strides to effect organizational improvements and serve as examples of best practices and models of excellence through improved financial stability, dedicated and engaged board members, and strategic fundraising efforts.
Make-A-Wish South Carolina experienced an incredible journey over the last year, granting more wishes than ever before in the chapter’s 31-year history. In fiscal year 2016, Make-A-Wish South Carolina granted 180 wishes for South Carolina children with life-threatening medical conditions.
In addition, the chapter strengthened its relationships with community partners and grew its signature events that engage passionate supporters. Highlighting these efforts were the Trailblaze Challenge and The Wish Ball. Since the Trailblaze Challenge program’s inception 20 months ago, this innovative outdoor adventure fundraiser has raised over $750,000. The Wish Ball, an annual gala held in the Midlands, connected donors, wish kids and corporate partners during an elegant evening of charitable giving. The Wish Ball also offered constituents a unique experience to witness a live wish reveal.
The chapter also increased its focus on volunteer engagement by restructuring outreach, training and management of it’s vital volunteer base to provide a more direct connection between the chapter and its over 200 volunteers. Board recruitment was increased and board engagement strengthened through new mission opportunities.
Bill Tiller, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® South Carolina stated, “Our generous donors and our passionate volunteers are at the heart of our success. They, along with our courageous wish kids and their families, are the heroes of the Make-A-Wish South Carolina story. It was an honor and a delight to receive this award and accept them on their behalf. I look forward to granting the heartfelt wishes of even more children in the coming year.”
Make-A-Wish South Carolina is more excited than ever about the future of wish granting in South Carolina and will carry the enthusiasm gained by receiving this award into the new year as inspiration to continue positively impacting lives through granting wishes that create hope, strength and joy for seriously ill children and their families.