Make-A-Wish celebrates World Wish Day at Carowinds

Forty-three years ago, one wish from 7-year-old Chris Greicius to become a police officer started what would become the global movement of the Make-A-Wish Foundation; after that, the creation of Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina in 1985.

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Decades and thousands of granted wishes later, Make-A-Wish of Central and Western North Carolina is still going strong. On April 29, the Make-A-Wish Foundation invited all of its international chapters and affiliates to go out into their communities, and grant wishes.

On Saturday, local wish families, donors, and volunteers gathered at Carowinds for a fun day filled with activities. The event’s guests were treated to a catered lunch and a limited-edition Make-A-Wish Blue Unicorn milkshake. Families spent the day doing different activities provided by Make-A-Wish and enjoyed an afternoon concert from Elon University’s acapella group, Vital Signs.

Over the course of this week, Carowinds sold the blue unicorn milkshakes, and 100% of the profits were given to the foundation.

Community Development Director for Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina, Emily Gibson, says World Wish Day is a time for past and current wish families to come together in celebration.

“All of our past wish families, current families, and future families, it’s really a day for all of them to come together and celebrate the power of a wish,” Gibson said.

For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina or to donate, please click here.

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