PG&E Employees Raise $15,000 to Support Make-A-Wish Foundation
August 5, 2012
NIPOMO, Calif., Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) employees from Diablo Canyon Power Plant helped support Make-A-Wish on Friday, August 2, by raising $15,000 at the 16th annual Nuclear Challenge Golf Tournament held at Monarch Dunes in Nipomo.
More than 160 PG&E employees, plant vendors, and volunteers took part in the tournament to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation's Tri-Counties chapter. Since the tournament's inception in 1997, PG&E employees have raised more than $200,000 for the chapter.
"PG&E's support through the Nuclear Challenge Golf Tournament helps Make-A-Wish grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions," said Shanna Wasson Taylor, chief executive officer for Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties. "This year's tournament guest of honor, wish kid Aliyah Serrano and her mom Shaila Tripp of Nipomo, were excited to thank PG&E's employees and vendors in person for their role in making wishes come true. Without the great effort of groups like PG&E our wish granting work would just not be possible.".
Aliyah, 11, was diagnosed at birth with several heart conditions, including a atrioventricular septal defect and pulmonary hypertension. She is preparing to undergo her third heart surgery. For her wish, Aliyah requested to take a boat cruise with Mickey Mouse, a trip made possible through Make-A-Wish. Aliyah is now working to help others with life-threatening medical conditions by raising awareness for Make-A-Wish Tri Counties’ Wishes in Flight Airline Miles Donation Program. Through this initiative, the chapter is asking for the donation of frequent flier miles to help grant the wishes of sick children.
During the post-tournament event, PG&E organizers Janis Bailey, Bill DePrater, Doug Wise and Mark Landis presented the $15,000 check to Make-A-Wish's Taylor on behalf of the tournament participants.
"PG&E is honored to once again support Make-A-Wish Foundation Tri-Counties as they continue to make the wishes of local children a reality," said Bailey, a supervising engineer at Diablo Canyon. "Our employees, vendors and their families and friends are proud of their long-time commitment to Make-A-Wish through their participation in this annual Nuclear Challenge Golf Tournament."
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Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. With a staff of only four and the help of more than 100 volunteers, Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties has granted over 1200 special wishes to children in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. If you want to refer a child to Make-A-Wish, call 1-888-899-9474 [WISH]. Donations may be sent to Make-A-Wish at 4222 Market Street, Suite D, Ventura, CA 93003. For more information on these or other ways to help visit our website at: www.tri-counties.wish.org.
Wishes in Flight Airline Miles Donation Program
Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties is asking people to donate frequent flier miles to help grant wishes. Through a special matching grant, the donated miles will be matched up to 1 million miles and will be used to send sick children from Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties and their families on wish trips. Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties still needs 450,000 more miles in the next 45 days to complete their matching miles campaign. Instead of turning in small balances of miles for magazines, passengers can donate miles - a gift that can make a real difference to kids with life-threatening medical conditions. To donate, go to http://tri-counties.wish.org/ways-to-help/wishes-in-flightsm/ or call (805) 676-9474 x4 by August 31, 2013. Each year the chapter needs 8 million miles but only 1-2 million are donated, making airline tickets the most avoidable expense for the small chapter