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Sponsor Spotlight: Jonesboro Public Schools

“Raising money for Make-A-Wish is such a big deal to the students and they understand the impact that they are making.” -Staci Darr, Teacher at Health and Wellness

For more than ten years, Jonesboro Public Schools have expressed a passion for Make-A-Wish Mid-South. And it hasn't waned. This year, each school held multiple fundraisers to raise money for the Have-A-Heart Wish-A-Thon. All of the students worked extremely hard to collect money through school sporting events, candy sales, car pick-up lines, selling wish stars, hosting bake sales, and so much more! 

But many fundraising efforts went far beyond the wall of the schools. “The student’s parents have really dug deep to help their children to fundraise. It has developed to where it is such much more than just the school now, it is reaching the students families," said Staci Darr, a teacher at Health and Wellness.

This year alone, Jonesboro Public Schools raised more than $31,000! Thank you to all of the schools who raised money for Make-A-Wish!

Jonesboro High School- $2,129
MacArthur Junior High- $3,114
Annie Camp Junior High- $3,213
Jonesboro Pre-K - $652
Jonesboro Kindergarten Center- $1,792
Microsociety Magnet School- $4,000
Health, Wellness, and Environmental Studies Elementary School- $4,518
Math and Science Magnet School- $1,247
Visual and Performing Arts magnet School- $1,316
International Studies Magent School- $10,000

  • Jonesboro students raise money for Make-A-Wish Mid-South

  • Jonesboro students raise money for Make-A-Wish Mid-South

  • Jonesboro students raise money for Make-A-Wish Mid-South

  • Jonesboro students raise money for Make-A-Wish Mid-South

  • Jonesboro students raise money for Make-A-Wish Mid-South

  • Jonesboro students raise money for Make-A-Wish Mid-South

  • Jonesboro students raise money for Make-A-Wish Mid-South

  • Jonesboro students raise money for Make-A-Wish Mid-South

  • Jonesboro students raise money for Make-A-Wish Mid-South

  • Jonesboro students raise money for Make-A-Wish Mid-South

Since we began raising money for Make-A-Wish I believe that our teachers have become so much more compassionate and it has made us more like a family. We all join together to raise money and Make-A-Wish holds a special place in all of our hearts. ”

— Staci Darr, Teacher at Health and Wellness

Sponsor Spotlight: MISO

Corporate citizenship runs deep at MISO. MISO believes that by working together they truly can make a difference in their communities – especially in bringing joy to children in need. They do this by volunteering to serve in their communities and by partnering with Make-A-Wish. Since 2007, MISO employees have donated more than $1 million dollars and granted more than 100 wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.

MISO employees frequently take wish-granting one step further by participating in the wish themselves or by treating recipients to surprise reveal parties at MISO. This past fall, employees at MISO’s South region headquarters located in Little Rock, AR surprised Abby with the news that her wish to go on a Disney cruise had been granted. Employees even dressed as Disney characters to add to the excitement. At MISO, partnering with Make-A Wish involves more than just donating. Employees treasure making personal connections with the deserving children and their families.

For MISO’s South Region vice president, Todd Hillman, the Make-A-Wish mission is a way of life. Todd serves on the Mid-South Board of Directors and he and his wife Dara have partially or fully granted four wishes in addition to their contributions through MISO.

  • MISO wish reveal

“Engaging with Make-A-Wish was one of the best decisions we made at MISO. We work in an industry where we can’t always see and feel our impact, but with Make-A-Wish our employees not only see their donations at work, in many cases they get to participate in making those dreams come true. Seeing the smiles and feeling the joy that comes with granting wishes inspires employees to get involved in their communities and that’s exactly what we want at MISO.” ”

— Todd P. Hillman, Vice President of MISO's South Region

Sponsor Spotlight: Wish Kid Jayde

Wish kid Jayde and her family are known for helping others and giving back to the community. After her amazing wish in 2016 to meet Selena Gomez, Jayde’s parents reached out to Make-A-Wish Mid-South to learn how they could help Make-A-Wish grant wishes to other children.

Her mom, Kristy, decided to set up an online fundraising page to raise money during the annual Season of Wishes campaign. The family’s goal was to grant another child’s wish.

Kristy and Jayde shared their amazing Make-A-Wish story with friends and family and asked them to consider helping another child like Jayde. Their efforts raised more than $5,800 and will allow Make-A-Wish Mid-South to grant the wishes of more local children.
  • Wish kid Jayde meeting Selena Gomez

  • Jayde at Selena Gomez's concert in 2016

Sponsor Spotlight: Walmart

Walmart has a longstanding tradition of giving back to the communities it serves. Through its partnership with Make-A-Wish over the past five years, Walmart has had the privilege of granting wishes to its most special customers – kids.

Each year at its Toyland event, alongside Disney and Downtown Bentonville, Walmart surprises a child on stage that his/her wish has been granted! It’s the hope that this surprise will brighten the holiday season for the wish child and his/her family.

In addition to granting more wishes, Walmart also helped coordinate with all the toy suppliers at the 2016 Toyland event. All toys were donated to Make-A-Wish and will help start the first-ever toy closet in Northwest Arkansas office.
  • Walmart Sponsor Spotlight

  • Walmart Sponsor Spotlight

  • Walmart Sponsor Spotlight

  • Walmart Sponsor Spotlight

  • Walmart Sponsor Spotlight

Bringing joy to the lives of others and giving back to the community is at the core of what we do at Walmart. In 2012, we saw the opportunity to partner with Make-A-Wish to make an impact in the lives of those who face a constant struggle. Having a venue like Toyland allows us to celebrate the granting of wishes with the community that makes it possible. This is just one way we can help our customers live better. ”

— Weston Teshima, Walmart- Merchandise Planning - Boy Vehicles

Sponsor Spotlight: McAlister's Deli

McAlister’s Deli locations owned by Southern Rock Restaurants in West TN and North MS have been loyally supporting Make-A-Wish Mid-South since 2012.

Every summer, the restaurants host a Wish Star campaign, where employees ask their customers to make a donation to Make-A-Wish, and in exchange the customer signs a wish star and it is displayed for all to see. In addition, the restaurant designates Make-A-Wish Tea Days, in which a percentage of all the famous McAlister’s sweet tea sales benefit Make-A-Wish. The employees make it a friendly competition to see which location raises the most money, and they work hard to display the stars in creative ways. Southern Rock Restaurants McAlister’s Delis have raised more than $23,000 for Make-A-Wish through these campaigns, helping raise funds to sponsor wishes and create awareness of the Make-A-Wish mission. Thank you to our friends at McAlister’s Deli!

  • McAlister's Deli

  • McAlister's Deli

  • McAlister's Deli

Sponsor Spotlight: Cops on Bulls

The Cops on Bulls event, hosted by Arkansas Highway Police,is a special day for officers across the state of Arkansas. They trade in their uniforms for cowboy boots and try their luck at bull riding!

In July 2012 Arkansas Highway Police (AHP) partnered with Make-A-Wish Mid-South to host the first-ever Cops on Bulls event in Benton, AR. After year one, the AHP knew it wanted to do more. The event was fun for all, but the most rewarding experience has always been finding a creative way to grant a local child’s wish. The AHP has granted all kinds of wishes, but this year was extra special. The group had the opportunity to grant a wish for a staff members’ son! Hugs were shared by all as Nate was surprised with a Disney Cruise! 

This dedicated group has a great time hosting event and has successfully helped fund nine wishes for local kids in Arkansas. Major Jay who heads up the event said, “The day is all about having fun and giving back. The agency’s involvement with Make-A-Wish falls in line with the oath law enforcement officers take to serve and protect the community.”

The group has sponsored multiple wishes each year. This summer, officer’s generosity sent wish kid Kaden to Europe. “It just lets you know all your hard work pays off,” Jay said. “If it doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, something is wrong. She went through a lot more than most people have, and we’re happy that she’s in remission.”

  • Cops on Bulls event

  • Arkansas Highway Police

  • Arkansas Highway Police

  • Cops on Bulls event

  • Arkansas Highway Police grant wish of Kaden to go to Europe

The Arkansas Highway Police is very proud and honored to be a supporter of Make-A-Wish Mid-South. Five years ago, the AHP began hosting two annual events in an effort to raise money for this great organization. Words can’t describe the awesome experiences we have had supporting the many children over the past five years who are or have dealt with life threatening conditions. We look forward to our continued partnership with Make-A-Wish Mid-South. ”

— Major Jay

Sponsor Spotlight: Princess for a Day

Founded in 2012 by mother-daughter duo Donna Parker and Mollie Parker Potgieter, Princess For A Day has become a staple event in the Jonesboro area.

Since its inception it has continued to grow each year, this spring the group raised more than $14,000! 

At the event, girls have the honor of joining Cinderella, Elsa, Belle, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, Tinkerbell, and Pocahontas for a fun filled day of princess pampering. Each little princess gets to enjoy having her hair, makeup, and nails done by wonderful volunteers. The little princesses also have fun with story time, dancing with ballerinas, princess crafts, and an amazing tea party with Alice in Wonderland. Each little princess will have her very own crowning moment and receive a tiara by one of the princesses!

This year the event had a VIP princess in attendance. Wish Kid Journey enjoyed a day of pampering before she was surprised on stage with the news that her wish to go to Disney World to meet the princesses was coming true!

  • Princess for a Day co-founder Mollie with Wish Kid Journey after she found out her wish had been granted.

  • Princess for a Day founders Mollie and her mom, Donna.

  • Princess for a Day princesses with Wish Kid Journey.

  • Princess for a Day volunteers.

Sponsor Spotlight: Regions Bank and Confluent Strategies

Regions Bank and Confluent Strategies join to sponsor 10th wish

For the past several years, Regions Bank and Confluent Strategies have been supporting the mission of Make-A-Wish Mid-South by partnering together to host a wonderful wine tasting and silent auction event. Since it began, the event has raised enough money to sponsor 10 wishes for local Mid-South children. Those 10 wishes have varied from Disney World trips, cruise vacations, travels to London, a visit to the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, PA, a custom gaming computer, and, most recently, a trip to Hawaii! Each of these kids’ wishes have been revealed in a magical way – thanks to the passion and creativity of Regions Bank and Confluent Strategies’ employees.

Most recently, Regions Bank and Confluent Strategies granted the 5,000 wish of the Make-A-Wish Mid-South chapter in June of 2016. William is a precious 13-year-old boy who wished to go to Hawaii to ride in a helicopter. The Regions Bank and Confluent Strategies’ employees came together to send Will off with a Hawaiian-themed extravaganza!

“When our team came together eight-years ago and started our partnership with Make-A-Wish Mid-South little did we fully understand the incredible gift we would each receive in return from our efforts. So many times we all support organizations financially without fully appreciating or experiencing the impact our gift actually brings. Our partnership with Make-A-Wish Mid-South is different. It provides our team the unique opportunity to be actively engaged in the entire process. To experience and see the impact of their efforts from the fund raising activities to the actual reveal of the wish to an unsuspecting child. The connection you make with a family whom you never have met before the day they arrive with their child for a wish reveal is so powerful. Sharing through the eyes of child a day that will live with them forever is priceless,” said Dean Puryear, the Regions Bank Mortgage Production Manager.

  • Aaron's wish granting at Confluent Strategies

  • Alyssa's wish from Regions Bank

  • Brianna's wish reveal from Regions Bank

  • Joesph's wish from Regions Bank

  • Josiah's wish from Regions Bank

  • Justin's wish reveal from Regions Bank

  • Max's wish reveal from Confluent Strategies

  • Patience's wish reveal from Regional Bank

  • Trevor's wish reveal at Confluent Strategies

Sharing [a wish] through the eyes of priceless ”

— Dean Puryear, Regions Bank Mortgage Production Manager

Sponsor Spotlight: West Tennessee Healthcare

West Tennessee Healthcare sponsors its fourth wish

For nearly 10 years, West Tennessee Healthcare employees in Jackson have been dedicated to supporting Make-A-Wish Mid-South through payroll deducted giving. Every other year, the employees raise enough funds to grant the wish of a Madison County child, and they then work with the company’s Foundation and Make-A-Wish to plan a special reveal celebration to surprise that child with granting his/her wish. West TN Healthcare employees have sponsored five wishes, including wishes to go to Disney World, Jamaica, and this year, Africa.

Doctors diagnosed 16-year-old Kaylee, from Jackson, with stage 3 ovarian cancer at age 13. Now in remission, Kaylee just learned that her wish to travel to Malawi, Africa with her family has come true.

Kaylee made a stop for lunch at Jason’s Deli on what she thought was a typical Saturday afternoon, after running her first half marathon. Shortly after they sat down to eat, a production of The Lion King’s “Circle of Life” broke out in the restaurant, and characters danced and sang around her table. Still not knowing exactly what was going on, she was shocked when the characters and West Tennessee Healthcare employees brought out a sign to reveal to her that her wish to go to Malawi had been granted.

While in Malawi, Kaylee will have the opportunity to visit The Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre to learn more about its patients and the conditions there. She will have the opportunity to interview the hospital’s staff and compare it to the experiences she had during her treatment. She hopes to bring that information back to the U.S. to raise awareness of the need for medical mission work for children in Malawi.

Kaylee’s wish, along with many others, was made possible with the support of West Tennessee Healthcare.
  • West Tennessee Healthcare grants a wish

  • West Tennessee Healthcare grants a wish

  • West Tennessee Healthcare grants a wish

Sponsor Spotlight: ARKOMA

The Arkoma Basin Oilfield Fishing Tournament began some 50 plus years ago.  A handful of friends, who happened to all make a living from the oilfield business, spent a few days away from work fishing.  Anytime a few men get together the competitive nature of the sportsman took over, thus the birth of the ABOFT (Arkoma Basin Oilfield Fishing Tournament).

Through the years the tournament has grown in size, scope, and ability to give back.  The oilfield family works hard, plays hard and has a gigantic heart.

In 2005, Arkoma started a special partnership with Make-A-Wish Mid-South. Over the past eleven years, the fishing tournament has donated over $202,000 to Make-A-Wish and helped grant over 25 wishes for children in the River Valley area. At last year’s tournament Payton was surprised with Frozen themed gifts to announce her wish had been granted and she would receive a room redo with bunk beds!
  • The Make-A-Wish Fishing Tournament committee at the 2015 event with Wish Kid Payton.

  • The 2015 tournament granted Payton’s Wish to have a room redo with bunk beds!

We work in a tough environment, day in and day out, battling some amazing challenges that strengthens our resolve and toughens our commitments.  Partnering with Make-A-Wish gives us the opportunity to help someone else facing even bigger challenges, knowing that for a moment in time…someone had their backs.  I watch these oilfield hands choke back their tears and emotions when we have the wish reveal. To see a child—and the family—have just even a small break from their war is all we need to remember how blessed we are to be able to dig a little deeper and make a difference in someone’s life.  These Make-A-Wish Kids are our kids and we do what we have to do for our kids. ”

— Karen Carter, Assistant AR & OK Industrial Sales Manager and the head of the Make-A-Wish Committee

Sponsor Spotlight: Hernando High School

Hernando High School Student Council decided during the summer of 2015 that they wanted to help make a child's wish come true.

They worked hard during their fall semester to raise $7,000 for Make a Wish through collecting donations at all home football games, hosting numerous bake sales during break, and sponsoring a Student Council vs. Faculty volleyball game.
  • Kim Terrell, Make-A-Wish Ambassador, accepted the check on behalf of Make-A-Wish Mid-South.

  • On February 5, Hernando High School presented Make-A-Wish with their $7,000.

Sponsor Spotlight: Cliff Carter

Cliff Carter was instantly hooked once he attended his first wish reveal.

Cliff has fallen in love with Make-A-Wish.  Honestly, it was love at first sight!  A few years ago Christie Matthews (long time wish granting volunteer) encouraged him to attend a wish reveal.  He soon became a wish sponsor and following that he felt lead to become a trained wish granting volunteer himself.  Since being trained he has volunteered on a dozen wishes of which he’s forged special bonds.  But Cliff being Cliff, he knew he could do more!  Last year he partnered with a friend, Danny Graham, to host a dinner and auction event benefiting Make-A-Wish Mid-South and Ag for Autism.  In its first year this event raised more than $5,000 for the Mid-South Chapter.  On December 5th they hosted their second annual event which resulted in over $15,000 to grant wishes to children in northeast Arkansas.   

  • Wish Granters Cliff and Cole working on their first wish reveal.

  • Cliff with his first wish kid, Alex.

  • Wish Granters, Cliff, Cole and Kendra visiting wish kid Price and family to determine his wish.

  • Wish Granters Cliff, Cole and Kendra with wish kid Price and his family when they revealed that his wish to go on a cruise was coming true.

  • Cliff meeting wish kid Miric, whose wish he sponsored.

  • Cliff and Kendra at Collin's wish reveal.

  • Wish Granters Cole, Cliff and Kendra with wish kid, Alex at his wish reveal.

“I am happy to be a Make-A-Wish volunteer and all that it entails. There are a lot of steps in granting a wish. The actual ‘wish reveal’ is the step that everyone sees most often and is only a piece of what happens. It's an AWESOME day when we get to tell our ‘wish kid’ their wish has been granted, but one of my favorite parts of granting a wish is what I get to do at the ‘wish visit’. This is where I get to meet our ‘wish family’ and hear their story. I said ‘wish family’ because they automatically become our family and the whole family is a part of the story. I always leave the visit INSPIRED by the courage and faith of the wish kid and their family. I am so THANKFUL to be a small part of Make-A-Wish.” ”

— Cliff Carter

Sponsor Spotlight: Accredo

Accredo has been, and continues to be, one of Make-A-Wish Mid-South’s biggest supporters for more than 20 years.

Headquartered in Memphis, Accredo provides specialty pharmacy and related services for patients with certain complex and chronic health conditions.  Their commitment to helping individuals with serious medical conditions doesn’t stop there—Accredo employees in Memphis teamed up with Make-A-Wish Mid-South through a summer campaign to help raise funds to make wishes come true. And the results were pretty astounding! 

Spearheaded by the Voice of the Employees (VOE) Committee, the Make-A-Wish campaign kicked off in July of 2015 by charging each department with coming up with their own signature fundraisers. Each department got creative—and competitive!—by hosting office fundraising events, including Wish Star sales, destination-themed gift basket raffles, gourmet popcorn sales, a Movie Day, parking spot raffles and more. With all of the excitement and energy behind each department’s effort, it is no surprise that employees were more than willing to dig in their pockets to help Mid-South wish kids. 

In less than three months, Accredo employees raised more than $17,000 for Make-A-Wish Mid-South! They are currently working with Make-A-Wish to sponsor the wishes of TWO very deserving children whose lives will forever be impacted by this company’s hard work and generosity.

  • Accredo Volunteers at Season of Wishes

Sponsor Spotlight: Rogers High School

This year, Rogers High School will grant its seventh wish. The DECA students at Rogers High School rally the entire student body to come together to fundraise for Make-A-Wish Mid-South.

On a cool day in mid-November, ten minutes before the morning bell rings, DECA officers flood the hallways of Rogers High School, cheering and rattling their change buckets. "Rattle Dem Buckets!" shout the students as they dart in and out of each classroom collecting as much change as possible, and with that, the fundraising year has begun.

The students see their donated coins put to work each year at the Wish Reveal hosted in their gymnasium. Last November, RHS granted 10-year-old Gunnison's wish to go to Hawaii. Here's how the day unfolded: Principal Lee excused all students from their classrooms. The students lined the sidewalks to the school dressed in Hawaiian shirts and holding signs for Gunnison. Tom Woodruff, the DECA Advisor, ran down the lined streets, high-fiving the students and encouraging them to cheer louder. The family arrive in style with a police escort in a limousine.

Gunnison greeted the crowd with a smile as he stepped out of the limo and he was ushered into the gym. The entire gym was packed with more than 2,000 students and decorated as a Hawaiian paradise. The cheer and dance team and choir performed, the band and orchestra played and balloons dropped from the ceiling. Santa even made a surprise appearance.

  • Rogers High School DECA Students

  • Rogers High School Check Presentation

  • Rogers High School Wish Reveal

  • Rogers High School 2015 Wish Reveal

This is truly one of the highlights of the year for my job. Rogers High School's Kids for Wish Kids program truly impacts so much of the community and show hows the City of Rogers 'puts others ahead of themselves.' And when you are able to learn this at a High School level - this is what builds great communities. ”

— Mayor Greg Hines

Sponsor Spotlight: Frigo Cheese Heads

Since 2005, Frigo Cheese Heads has donated $200,000 annually to Make-A-Wish to help make wishes come true.

Frigo Cheese Heads and Make-A-Wish Mid-South have partnered in Northwest Arkansas since 2013. The Bentonville team has granted three wishes in Northwest Arkansas and has great plans for a continued partnership for many years to come.

  • Frigo Cheese Head Wish Reveal

  • Frigo Cheese Head Wish Reveal

  • Frigo Cheese Heads

  • Frigo Cheese Head Wish Reveal

Through the efforts and generosity of our company, I have been fortunate enough to participate in the wish granting for 3 children here in Northwest Arkansas over the past 3 years. It is great to work for a company that supports great organizations and I am honored to both support and volunteer for Make-A-Wish. ”

— Michael Murray, National Account Manager

Paragon Bank

Paragon Bank recently granted its 10th wish for Make-A-Wish Mid-South!

Paragon Bank partnered with Make-A-Wish Mid-South to help send three-year-old Ana to her favorite theme park with her family. This marks the 10th consecutive year Paragon has collaborated with the Mid-South Chapter to grant the wish of a child in the Mid-South.

"It's an honor to work with Make-A-Wish, and we are delighted for Ana and her family to experience this vacation together," said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Bank. "Our employees look forward to this event every year, and it's beyond humbling to witness the joy on a child's face when his or her wish is granted."

On May 28, Paragon's Fountain Place Banking Center was transformed into a castle from Ana's favorite movie. Paragon employees dressed up in costumes from some of her favorite movies and rolled out the red carpet for Ana and her family, starting with a horse-drawn carriage ride around the neighborhood. As they made their way to the throne, Ana was presented with gifts before learning her wish had come true: she was going to her favorite them park!

As part of its #PB10for10 campaign, a yearlong celebration of the bank's 10th anniversary, 48 Paragon employees donated their time and efforts to prepare for and take part in the event. 

  • Paragon Wish

  • Paragon Wish

  • Paragon Wish

  • Paragon Wish

For 10 years, Paragon Bank has been a partner to Make-A-Wish Mid-South in more ways than we could have imagined. The employees of Paragon Bank give their time, treasures and talents to make wishes come true for children in the Mid-South. ”

— Liz Nelson, Make-A-Wish Mid-South President and CEO

Sponsor Spotlight: Beebe Junior High School FBLA

For two years, the generous students of Beebe Junior High School have raised funds to grant wishes.

Beebe Junior High Future Business Leaders of America made an impact on a Lymphoma patient on Friday, May 9, 2014. The Junior High FBLA partnered up with Make-A-Wish to grant 14-year-old Kathryn's wish to go to the Walt Disney World Resort. Kathryn had a heart transplant when she was 27 days old, and was diagnosed with post-transplant lymphoma in January of 2013. After treatments, her lymphoma is currently in remission.

On May 22, 2015, Beebe granted their second wish to Blake, a 6-year-old battling a life-threatening heart condition, from Austin, Arkansas. They brought him to their school and surprised him on stage by telling him his wish has been granted as beach balls and balloons fell from the rafters! He and his family are headed to Atlantis because of the hard work of Beebe Junior High School FBLA.

This year Beebe Jr. High will again try to raise $5000 to donate to Make-A-Wish. Beebe Jr. High FBLA wants to sponsor a wish to be granted at the school in front of the student body to a well-deserving child who needs something positive in hard times.

  • Beebe students with wish kid Blake.

  • Beebe JHS FBLA representatives presenting their donation at the 2015 Heart-Filled Wish-A-Thon.

  • Wish kid Blake

  • Beebe students with Blake at his wish reveal.

  • Beebe grants Kathryn's wish

  • Wish kid Kathryn and Bill Ashmore

  • Kathryn learns her wish has come true!

  • Beebe JHS FBLA representatives presenting their donation at the 2014 Heart-Filled Wish-A-Thon.

  • Beebe JHS FBLA representatives presenting their donation at the 2013 Heart-Filled Wish-A-Thon.

We've supported Make-A-Wish Mid-South for the past eight years. Last year we chose to support this cause, after attending the Heart-Filled Wish-A-Thon and seeing the wonderful work it does for sick children right here in our community first hand. It can give a child the strength to get through his/her next treatment or hospital stay. Sometimes a wish is the light at the end of the tunnel and an experience that shows a child, and his/her family, that dreams really do come true. ”

— Bill Ashmore

Donor Spotlight: Fishes for Wishes

Cops for Kids was founded in 2005 by four police offers, Chief Deputy Macon Moore, Captain Mike Foshee, Captain Phil Cox and Captain Brian Keller, with the desire to help raise money for Make-A-Wish Mid-South. This group hosted their first crawfish boil, Fishes for Wishes, in 2005 which raised $15,000 - enough money to grant three children's wish in North Mississippi. Since then, Cops for Kids has raised more than $340,000 to make wishes come true for local children.


  • Cops for Kids

  • Cops for Kids

Sponsor Spotlight: The Mower Shop

For 11 years, The Mower Shop has supported the KTCS Radio-thon through sponsorship and volunteerism.

Since 2004, Kim Olson and his team from The Mower Shop have been raising money for Make-A-Wish Mid-South. Every year in conjunction with the KTCS Make-A-Wish Radio-thon they have a drawing to win a Grasshopper Mower. Since they began this contest 11 years ago they have raised over $61,000 and granted wishes to 11 Arkansas children.

This year they have expanded their fundraising tactics. On radio-thon day, April 10 from 11 am - 1 pm, Emi Sunshine will be putting on a free concert at The Mower Shop and accepting donations for Make-A-Wish!

Stop by their location on Towson Avenue and make a donation; with every donation you make your name goes in the pot to win the $6,000 Grasshopper Mower. The winner will be announced at the finale of the KTCS Radio-thon on April 10th.


  • Jerry Austin and Kim Olson, at the 2013 KTCS Radio-thon

  • Wish Elisha at his wish reveal in 2013

  • Wish kid Elisha and friends from the Mower Shop

  • KTCS 2013 - Jerry Austin, Kris Vegas, Kim Olson, D.C., and Brad Kelly

  • Wish kid Elisha and Kim Olson

  • Kim and Judy Olson and wish kid Allyson at the 2014 KTCS Radio-thon

  • Mel & Troy Eckelhoff (KTCS), Kim Olson and D.C. (KTCS) in 2015.

The satisfaction of helping kids that wouldn't have the opportunity, they may come from families that can't afford to do the things that they're wishing for. It's a way of giving back to our community. ”

— Kim Olson, Owner of The Mower Shop

Sponsor Spotlight: Conway Corp

Since March 2011, the employees of Conway Corp have generously given to fund wishes to children in Central Arkansas.

Funding six wishes through corporate and workplace giving efforts, the employees of Conway Corp value the impact a wish can have on a child with a life-threatening medical condition. Through their giving more than $33,000 has been raised to benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-South.
  • Conway Corp and wish kid Olivia

  • Conway Corp and wish kid Olivia

  • Conway Corp

  • Conway Corp

Our employees not only care about our customers, but about the community we all share, and have generously given to Make-A-Wish through payroll donations. Those donations have granted six wishes in the last three years. It has been overwhelming to see the impact our employee's generosity has on the families who receive a wish and equally rewarding to see all of our employees celebrate with the families as wishes are granted. ”

— Crystal Kemp | Manager, Marketing and Public Relations

Sponsor Spotlight: Cheer for the Kids

Kids giving back to kids in their community.

Cheer for the Kids holds an annual cheerleading and dance competition,  using the joy of cheer and dance to raise awareness and funds for those in need around their community. Cheer for the Kids is an exciting day of competition and fun for thousands of participants. This year’s event is expected to raise more than $40,000 for Make-A-Wish Mid-South.

This year's event will be the 8th Annual Cheer for the Kids competition. They have helped to raise more than $120,000 for Make-A-Wish Mid-South.

  • Cheer for the Kids Logo

  • Cheer for the Kids Check Presentation

  • Cheer for the Kids

  • Cheer for the Kids: Charvis' Wish

“We chose Make-A-Wish originally because I personally knew a 4 year old, who had gone through lengthy cancer treatment and I remember what joy and happiness it brought to her and her family. It is a place that provides rest, happiness and a much needed sense of just being a kid to those who have been through so much. They do a great job of serving our community, and I feel it is important to support those causes an spread the word that these places are out there, trying to make the world a little better!” ”

— – Ashley Bradford, Competition Coordinator – Cheer for the Kids

Sponsor Spotlight: Windstream

A Fortune 500 communications company, making a difference in their local communities.

Windstream has partnered with Make-A-Wish Mid-South in a variety of ways over the last several years by providing phones and phone lines for the Heart-Filled Wish-A-Thon, sponsorships for events and funding wishes for local children. 

Through their involvement with the Mid-South Chapter, Windstream continued to explore opportunities for involvement and will expand their support nationwide this year. Windstream has made a $100,000 sponsorship contribution to Make-A-Wish and will activate employee engagement opportunities in six markets across the United States.

  • Gabe learning his wish has come true!

  • Windstream sponsored Gabe's wish to meet his favorite sports team

  • Gabe and his parents at his wish reveal.

  • Windstream Check Presentation

  • Wish kid Carson sharing his excitement at the Windstream check presentation!

Windstream is honored to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and create life-changing experiences for children and their families. It is heartening to join with them to help make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. ”

— David Avery - Vice President, Corporate Affairs

Sponsor Spotlight: Sedgwick

Having been involved with the Mid-South chapter since 2009, Sedgwick of Memphis remains a loyal supporter of Make-A-Wish.

Earlier this year the company's employees, led by the Memphis Activity Committee, along with a matching corporate gift from Sedgwick, contributed $15,000. These funds will sponsor the wishes of three deserving local children, which will mean that the company has sponsored 10 wishes in just 5 years - some with involvement from the committee members, who go the extra mile to plan special and unique wish reveals for each child with Sedgwick employees, while other wishes were for more medically fragile children. Each child will be forever impacted by the kindness and generosity shown to them by these dedicated employees.

  • Wish kid Josh and his family

  • Josh's cake announcing his wish come true

  • Josh and his Mom the day of his wish reveal

  • Wish kid Josh

  • Wish kid Khalia and his family

  • Khalia's cake in celebration of his wish to meet the Titans

  • Wish kid Khalia with his family and new friends at Sedgwick CMS

It's an honor and pleasure for our Memphis-based Sedgwick colleagues to help make wishes come true for local children who have already been through so much in their young lives. We will never forget the smiles on the children's faces and the tears in the parents' eyes when they found out their wishes had been granted! We cherish our partnership with Make-A-Wish Mid-South and thank you for the great work you do. ”

— Jason Landrum, Chief Information Officer

Sponsor Spotlight: TJ Mulligan's

Thousands of dollars raised to benefit local children.

This year the Kenny Jackson Rockin' Country Hoedown organized by T.J. Mulligan's Trinity raised more than $31,000 to benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-South, and more than $82,000 over the last six years. These guys are beyond passionate about the wishes they sponsor, and love getting to meet the wish kids who benefit from their generosity.

Make-A-Wish Mid-South is so fortunate to have such tremendous support from such a great group of people!

  • Wish kid Alyssa being told her wish has come true

  • TJ Mulligan's crew with wish kid Alyssa

  • Wish kid Katie with her wish sponsor, TJ Mulligan's

High Life on the Hog and TJ Mulligan's find Make-A-Wish an exceptional charity here in the Mid-South. We have been involved for the last 6 years with our annual event. Being able to make a sick child's wish come true and give them some hope in a very trying time is a very humbling experience. ”

— Barron Brown

Sponsor Spotlight: Osceola Police Department

For more than nine years, the generous hearts of Osceola Police Department have been raising funds to help make wishes come true.

With 16 wishes sponsored, and getting ready for the 9th Annual Poker Run, the Osceola Police Department has been a tremendous partner in helping share the power of a wish! The Poker Run is held each fall and includes an auction and 50/50 drawing. Looking back over the many wishes they have sponsored, wish kid Clay is so memorable because his grandfather was an Osceola Policeman, and his dad grew up with Billy and most of the current policemen.

The OPD's 9th Annual Poker Run is September 20th. 

  • Osceola Wish Reveal

  • Osceola Wish

The look on a child's face once he or she finds out their wish has come true is absolutely worth it all. Come to our next event and help make a wish come true. ”

— Osceola Police Department


Over the last 10 years, IIDA has raised more than $58,000 to sponsor wishes for local children. 

IIDA (International Interior Design Association) is a professional networking and educational association committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design.

  • IIDA Race Start

  • IIDA

  • IIDA wish reveal

Sponsor Spotlight: ARKOMA

ARKOMA Basin Oilfield Fishing Tournament

Since 2005, the ARKOMA Fishing Tournament has raised over $176,000 and helped fund 35 wishes to Arkansas children. The event is private to ARKOMA Basin Oilfield members and was held on Lake Dardanelle in May.

The Arkoma Basin Oilfield Fishing Tournament began some 50 plus years ago. A handful of friends, who happened to all make a living from the oilfield business, spent a few days away from work fishing. Anytime a few men get together the competitive nature of the sportsman took over, thus the birth of the ABOFT (Arkoma Basin Oilfield Fishing Tournament). 

Through the years the tournament has grown in size, scope and ability to give back. The oilfield family works hard, plays hard and has a gigantic heart. 

  • ARKOMA Basin Oilfield Fishing Tournament

  • 2014 ARKOMA Check Presentation

  • Keely's wish reveal

  • Keely's wish come true


  • Seth's wish reveal

  • Seth's wish reveal at ARKOMA

Our partnership with Make-A-Wish has been a very rewarding and humbling experience for our Committee as well as for our participants. These hardworking men and women continue to dig deep into their wallets and their hearts for our Make-A-Wish kids. They have taken ownership of this mission and their lives have been changed through this relationship with Make-A-Wish, the children and their families. ”

— ARKOMA representative

Sponsor Spotlight: Los Cazadores

Raising more than $35,000 for Make-A-Wish Mid-South, motorcycle club Los Cazadores LEMC has funded four wishes and through their most recent event, the group will be able to fund three more wishes for Mid-South children. "Being able to be a part of bringing joy and hope back into the lives of these children, along with their families, and provide a lifetime of memories is indescribable," said Dawn Stiles, Club Liason. 

Stiles says the clubs hope is that they can "put smiles on the faces of wish children as long as there is a need."

Photo Credit: Dan Wireman.

  • Wish kid Shanyah with her Los Cazadores LEMC friends

  • Los Cazadores

  • Los Cazadores Donation Presentation

  • Neal and Dawn

Seeing her {wish kid Shanyah} walk in uncertain and shy, and then transforming to a bubbly, happy and open little girl, left everyone bursting with joy. ”

— Dawn Stiles

Sponsorship Inquiry

For questions on sponsorship for the Mid-South Chapter, please contact Casey Tansey, Director of Development.

Phone: (901) 692-9506

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