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Sponsor Spotlight

Sponsor Spotlight: Peggy Killett

Peggy has been a supporter of Make-A-Wish® since 2012.

In 2014, she decided to raise money during the holiday season to help grant wishes. She created an online fundraising page as well as her own donation form which she sent to co-workers, friends, family and even her clients asking for donations. 

Each year, her fundraising efforts have grown. In December of 2017, she was elated that she had raised enough money to sponsor a child’s wish. This July, Peggy and her family attended the wish reveal of Christopher, a 13-year-old who wanted to experience a cruise. Peggy loved being present when Christopher found out his wish was coming true.
  • Make-A-Wish supporter and fundraiser Peggy Killett was excited to be there when Christopher learned his wish was coming true.

  • Christopher went bowling and celebrated with friends and family that his wish would come true.

  • Christopher learns (and celebrates!) that he'll be going on a Disney Cruise!

  • Disney magic could be found all around the ship.

  • Christopher enjoys the beautiful tropical sights along the cruise.

  • The cruise served up delicious treats that put a smile on Christopher's face.

There were a couple of reasons I chose to support Make-A-Wish. First, I believe in the power of the positive effect on the mental and physical healing and wellbeing for, not only the Make-A-Wish child, but the family too. Secondly, I have been so richly blessed in my life that I wanted to, very simply, give back. To see the smiles on the children and families- it's priceless. ”

— Peggy Killett

Sponsor Spotlight: Lip Sync

Little Rock’s most energetic, inspiring event just wrapped up and brought in more money than ever for local children!

The Fourth Annual Lip Sync Battle, “know for its hilarity, did not disappoint,” according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. KATV’s Alyson Courtney joined the lineup of local stars performing their best lip sync and stole the heavyweight belt for this’s years performance of This is Me from the Greatest Showman. The evening’s highlight was certainly the live wish reveal. Wish kid Bella was shocked to find out she’s headed to Disney’s Aulani resort in Hawaii. 

Next year’s event is already in the works - be sure to save the date for August 10. 

"The Young Professionals are honored to be a part of Lip Sync Battle," said Nicole Winters of Make-A-Wish Mid-South Young Professionals. "But, we are even more honored to be a small part of the wish making process. Seeing our Wish Kids on the big stage sharing their stories makes all of the long hours worth it."

  • The Lip Sync Battle stage with Dawn Scott on the baby grand, the orchestra and the choir, Melinda Mayo on the guitar along with Danny-Joe Crofford and Hannah Dunlap. Photo By ©Nelson Chenault

  • Winner, Alyson Courtney, her daughters, Brooklyn and Berkeley and their friends. Photo By ©Nelson Chenault

  • Wish granting volunteers reveal to wish kid Bella that her wish is coming true! Photo By ©Nelson Chenault

  • Wish kid Bella tells Heather Brown how excited she is to know her wish will be granted! Photo By ©Nelson Chenault

Lip Sync Battle for Make-A-Wish is the one night of the year I can get all my friends in TV and radio together to get on a stage, dress up and act like rock stars. This event is unique in itself because of all the media personalities from sister stations and competing stations that are gathered together in one building. How many events can say that? Only one and this is it. All the egos are checked at the door and everyone has one common goal... making wishes come true while having a little fun doing it. ”

— Danny-Joe Crofford - Event Organizer

Sponsor Spotlight: Raymond James

The employees of Raymond James in Memphis are
no strangers to fundraising.

In fact, they fundraise year-round through the company’s Charity Store in their downtown Memphis office. A team of employees volunteers their time to manage the store, which offers anything from breakfast items, to snacks and sodas, to microwavable lunches. All funds raised through the store are given back to the community on behalf of the Raymond James employees.

When the Charity Store’s fund had grown enough to sponsor a wish, the team reached out to Make-A-Wish, eager to help grant a wish and be involved in a wish reveal celebration.
  • Lydia was thrilled to know her wish would be granted and Raymond James employees were there to witness the joy.

  • When the Charity Store’s fund had grown enough to sponsor a wish, the team reached out to Make-A-Wish, eager to help grant a wish and be involved in a wish reveal celebration.

  • Raymond James employees say that granting Lydia's wish was an amazing experience.

Granting Lydia's wish was an amazing experience for our employees. Raymond James is dedicated to giving back to the community. It's only natural for that to trickle down to our employees. Participating in Lydia's reveal gave everyone a chance to see where their support of our Charity Store goes. We are so honored to work with Make-A-Wish in granting Lydia's wish! ”

— Brenda Conti, Raymond James

Sponsor Spotlight:
Central States Manufacturing, Inc.

Since 2016, Central States Manufacturing has helped grant nine wishes to children with critical illnesses in the Mid-South.

The team at Central States goes above and beyond to make wish kids feel extra special on their wish reveal day. They open up their office and play games with the wish kids, their family and their friends and share laughs and excitement for the upcoming wishes!
  • Central States opens its office to play games with wish kids, their family and their friends.

  • Central States employees love to share in the joy and excitement of upcoming wishes.

  • Central States employees have celebrated granting wishes to nine local kids.

  • The Central States team comes together with creativity, energy and love for the family when granting a wish.

We have been blessed with the opportunity to partner with Make-A-Wish and grant wishes to deserving kids and their families dealing with some pretty difficult medical conditions. It is really special to see how a wish can provide joy, hope and rejuvenation while complimenting medical treatments. As a secondary benefit, our Central States team always comes together with creativity, energy and love for the family when granting a wish. We look forward to our continued work with Make-A-Wish. ”

— - Jim Sliker, CEO, Central States Manufacturing, Inc

Sponsor Spotlight: City Water and Light

City Water and Light employees have given to Make-A-Wish for nearly 15 years and they continue to give because they get to see the impact of their gift. There’s nothing quite like experiencing a wish being granted.

City Water and Light has a benevolence fund that’s supported by the company’s 200 employees. Each year, they have several fundraisers that support the fund. 

City Water and Light employees get to see that Make-A-Wish allows a family to forget their problems and worries and allows them to enjoy time together. They said it’s great to give them something to look forward to and have an opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime!

  • Besides seeing their donations at work, City Water and Light employees also got to participate in the wish reveal and see the joy on wish kid Dawson's face.

  • There’s nothing quite like experiencing a wish being granted.

  • City Water and Light employees bonded during this special experience.

  • City Water and Light with wish family

  • Wish kid Dawson during her wish reveal at City Water and Light.

  • City Water and Light employees have given to Make-A-Wish for nearly 15 years.

Granting a wish was a very bonding experience for our employees. Our employees do not usually get to see what happens with our donations up close and personal. Besides seeing our donations at work we also got to participate in the wish reveal and the joy on the face of our wish child and her family! ”

— Todd Reed, System Programmer/Network Analyst, City Water and Light

Sponsor Spotlight: Windows USA

Windows USA has always had a passion for local children.

For five years, the local company has participated in granting wishes. It values all things local- from products made in the USA to top-notch service and community involvement. Granting wishes is the perfect opportunity for the company to show the enormous heart of its employees and its care for the community.

  • Windows USA wish sponsorship

  • Windows USA wish sponsorship

Here at Windows USA we view our partnership with Make-A-Wish Mid-South as a wonderful opportunity to live out our values in serving the needs of others. For five years we've been honored to grant the wishes of so many kids who have inspired us with their kindness, selflessness and determination. Words alone can't express the heartfelt joy we feel in being a part of the mission to empower and encourage those kids who deserve to have their wishes come true. In granting the wishes of each child we're reminded of what true inspiration is through their strength and courage. We look forward to our continued partnership with Make-A-Wish Mid-South. ”

— Kasie Johnson, Finance Manager

Sponsor spotlight: Ag Equipment

Family-owned and operated Mid-South Ag Equipment is no stranger to granting wishes.

Based in Byhalia, MS, Mid-South Ag has locations across North Mississippi and into Kentucky, and since 2009 has helped grant the wishes of eight North MS children through its support of Make-A-Wish Mid-South. The company has continued to pledge its support each year through the Season of Wishes holiday campaign and has become a dependable friend and champion of the organization.

In February 2018, MSA employees in Tunica welcomed wish kid Aayan to its beautiful showroom for a scavenger hunt, which concluded with a sign aboard a tractor that revealed his wish come true: “You’re Going to Disney World!” After opening presents and snacking on his favorite treats, Aayan and his dad were surprised with a personal ride in a Case IH tractor from a MSA employee—it was a first for both of them!  

In addition to sponsoring wishes, Mid-South Ag Equipment answered the call when asked if they’d like to participate in the inaugural Walk for Wishes Mid-South in 2017. Not only did they form a team, but they quickly became the #1 fundraising corporate team, raising more than $5500 towards the event.
  • Aayan celebrates his wish to go to Walt Disney World at Ag Equipment

  • Ag Equipment employees celebrating Aayan's wish to go to Walt Disney World

“Teaming up with Make-A-Wish Mid-South over the years has been an exciting and inspiring opportunity for all of us here at Mid-South Ag! We enjoy giving back; but giving back in a way that effects a child and their family on such a deep and personal level, is even better! Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to take part in a child’s wish reveal and I am certain we got way more out of it than the child and family, as it was an incredibly special and neat experience for all of us here at MSA. We are grateful to have such an awesome organization like Make-A-Wish to work with and even more grateful to be part of such important moments in these children’s lives!” ”

— Amber Reid, HR & Marketing Manager

Sponsor spotlight: The Harrison Family

In December of 2010, the Harrison’s lost one of their twin daughters, Evie, unexpectedly at 20-months-old. Initially, they asked that memorial gifts be directed to Make-A-Wish Mid-South to remember their daughter in a way that would bring happiness to other families suffering from illnesses.

The response from friends and family was overwhelming. So many people were looking for a way to honor Evie and share the impact her life had on theirs. Since then, they have continued raise money and awareness each December through a marathon fundraising page and on her birthday in March. Their selflessness has allowed her life to inspire others to give.

The Harrison family has raised more than $37,000 through the support of friends and family in honor of their daughter Evie.

Join the Harrison family on Monday, March 19 from 5-8 p.m. to honor Evie at a Kendra Scott night of giving back. You can also give online here.

  • The Harrisons with their twin daughters

  • A wish child learning her wish is granted, thanks to the Harrison family

  • Jonathan Harrison with a local wish kid

  • The Harrisons with a wish kid

  • The Harrison family granting a wish for a puppy

  • Evie Harrison before she died at 20-months-old

We were drawn to Make-A-Wish for a multitude of reasons. One being an opportunity to give parents of a critically ill child a chance to grant their child a special wish. And have a special moment with their child that they may not have had otherwise. All knowing the possibility that they might lose that child. We did not have that opportunity with Evie and I know how that feels. It hurts. With every wish granted we will remember the happiness that Evie brought into our lives and a constant reminder that loving and helping one another is really what matters. ”

— Jonathan Harrison

Sponsor spotlight: Allee Little

Allee and her mom Kristin found their love for Make-A-Wish through the 2017 KTCS Wishathon. The two jumped in head first, ready to help with any and all Make-A-Wish projects. They rallied their community of Alma, AR to raise more than $3,000 in one day to support local Make-A-Wish kids!

After the Make-A-Wish KTCS Wishathon, Allee and Kristin were eager to get more involved. Kristin went through Make-A-Wish's volunteer wish granting training and has already signed up to volunteer with 11 different wishes! Her hope is to serve local children and grant as many wishes as possible! Allee and her mom have big plans for the 2018 Make-A-Wish KTCS Wishathon on April 6. They are heading up the donation location at Sargent’s Gas & BBQ in Alma all day. If you're near Ft. Smith or the River Valley, please be sure to stop by and help them reach their goal to raise more money than last year and grant more wishes to children with critical illnesses!

Eleven-year-old Allee's mom Kirstin said, "Allee beamed all day with each person who stopped, donated and took a picture with her! It honestly was a magical day for us! So we knew then that this was an awesome thing we wanted to be a part of every year! After that I did some more research about the organization and read a few "Wish stories" and decided I needed to do more! So I became a wish granter! We are looking forward to the year ahead and especially the radiothon on April 6th!"

  • Allee and Kristin collecting donations

  • Alma dropoff site for the Make-A-Wish KTCS Wishathon

  • Alma dropoff site for the Make-A-Wish KTCS Wishathon

When I found out that Make A Wish gave sick kids magical experiences and memories with their family, I knew I wanted to help. Mom is the one who made it happen. ”

— Volunteer Allee Little (age 11)

Sponsor spotlight: West Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic

When the physicians and staff of West Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic in Jackson, TN learned that the grandson of one of their own employees was in the process of having his wish granted, they wasted no time in putting together a plan to raise money and make his wish come true.

The clinic hosted a community fish fry, bake sale and corn hole tournament, as well as an employee-driven silent auction, all in an effort to make a very special little boy’s wish come true. In just six months, the team at West TN Bone & Joint, with the help of the Jackson community, raised more than $9500 for Make-A-Wish Mid-South in honor of Wish Kid Warner.

On Tuesday, Nov. 21, all of the hard work paid off as the team joined Warner’s family and friends at the clinic for a surprise wish reveal. Warner learned that he was going to Disney World in just a few short days, and that he would get to experience the most magical place on earth at Christmas time! Thank you to our friends at West Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic for your support of Make-A-Wish, that helped make Warner’s wish a reality.

  • Warner's wish reveal

  • Warner's wish reveal

  • Warner's wish reveal

I am so proud of the team of staff and employees that are so giving of their time and resources to help the Wood family and also other families too throughout the year. We have such a great group of employees, providers, and surgeons that are caring about each other. We all put others in front of our own so often at this organization. What a great place to work. ”

— Donna Klutts, CEO

Sponsor Spotlight: Alma DECA and Student Council

We are so grateful to get the chance to partner with the Alma DECA and Student Council. Each year these students work hard to raise funds to support wish kids in the River Valley community. To date, they have raised over $23,000. The students raise funds in fun and creative ways. They have hosted miracle minutes and football games, a Mr. and Miss. Alma Pageant, and denim and hat days.

We love watching students helping students! These young people have helped to grant Boston’s wish to go to Atlantis and Rosie’s wish to go to Disney World. We appreciate their support and their pay it forward mentality. Thank you, Alma DECA and Student Council.

“I love fundraising for The Make-A-Wish Foundation. It’s amazing that, as a teenager in high school, I can change someone’s life for the better! Not only is this experience one that teaches me skills for life, but participating in this project also gives me, and everyone involved in it, a heart-warming memory. The look on a Wish Kids face when we get to tell them that their wish has been granted is truly undesirable happiness! I will forever be grateful for my opportunity to experience fundraising for The Make-A-Wish Foundation,” said Emily O'Kelley, Alma DECA Community Service Project Manager.

"The Make-A-Wish Foundation doesn’t just affect the child, it also affects family, friends, and community. It turns strangers into friends and unites a community through a single cause! Fundraising can be hard work, but there is nothing more satisfying than seeing your hard work pay off. Watching a Wish kid get surprised with his or her wish brings tears of joy to the even the hardest of people! I’ve loved this experience, and I’ll use the lessons I am experiencing working with Make-A-Wish fundraising and my DECA Chapter my entire life," said Abby Barnes, Alma DECA Community Service Project Manager.

“This is the first year I have helped with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and fundraising to grant a wish for a child in our community, but by far it has been a life changing experience. I have loved getting to see what we as teenagers can do to totally change someone's life! I love seeing our school and our community get involved in impacting someone's life other than our own. These memories will stick with me for the rest of my life, and I am very thankful that I get to fund raise for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, I think it is something that everybody should get involved with,” Kaley Harrower, Alma DECA project manager.

  • Alma DECA

  • Alma DECA

  • Alma DECA

  • Alma DECA

  • Alma DECA

  • Alma DECA

Sponsor Spotlight: Arkansas State University Chi Omega

Chi Omega is a major partner nationally for Make-A-Wish, but local chapters are just as important to the organization. Every spring, the Omicron Zeta chapter of Chi Omega hosts a 5K to benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-South. Chapter members also volunteer at the Have-A-Heart Radiothon, Princess for a Day event and other local Make-A-Wish events.

“The reason I enjoy raising money for Make-A-Wish is because of how different their cause is from other organizations. Most other groups and fundraisings collect money to help the child and family with finances, but Make-A-Wish gets the privilege to grant a Wish and allow that child and their family to escape their circumstances and to feel hope and joy and to be without worry for a short period of time. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a part of a child’s Wish?!” -Chelsea Rupard, Chi Omega Alumni Philanthropy Advisor

“Make-A-Wish has had a lasting impact on my life and will forever be dear to me. The reason Make-A-Wish has such a positive impact on the lives of those who raise money, is because we are getting to see the direct impact it is making on the child’s life. I’ve been able to share the power of a wish with 6 children and all have changed my life in different ways. Doctors have proven evidence of the positive impact a wish can make on a kids life. It boosts their confidence and gives them hope for their future. If anyone is questioning whether they should get involved or not my answer would be to do, do it! Your life will forever be changed in the most positive way. I have had the privilege of joining these families triumphs and their sorrows and I have been so blessed by it.” -Morgan Todd, Chi Omega President

  • Omicron Zeta chapter of Chi Omega

  • Omicron Zeta chapter of Chi Omega

  • Omicron Zeta chapter of Chi Omega

  • Omicron Zeta chapter of Chi Omega

  • Omicron Zeta chapter of Chi Omega

  • Omicron Zeta chapter of Chi Omega

  • Omicron Zeta chapter of Chi Omega

  • Omicron Zeta chapter of Chi Omega

Sponsor Spotlight: AT&T Pioneers

The AT&T Pioneers are the world’s largest group of industry-specific employees and retirees dedicated to community service.

Recently the group was able to grant Kendall’s wish to go to the Walt Disney World Resort. Each year the AT&T Pioneers have the opportunity to apply for a grant from the AT&T Cares Award. In 2017, it applied for the money to benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-South. Thank you AT&T Pioneers for believing in the magic of a wish and granting another wish for a local child! 

  • AT&T Pioneers grant a wish

  • AT&T Pioneers grant a wish

AT&T Pioneers are committed to giving our time to organizations and causes that make a real difference. We have been longtime supporters of Make-A-Wish because of the profound work they do. They seemed like a natural fit for an AT&T Cares Award. Being able to grant a local nine-year old with Hodgkin’s lymphoma a trip to Disney World this past year, that was so rewarding and made us all feel so good about volunteering our time with them. ”

— Sonjia Helms, Club President

Jacob Barker Music Festival

The Second Annual Jacob Barker Music Festival was rocking Jackson, TN April 14 and 15. Ronnie and Melissa Barker hosted the event along with their son Jacob, who at age four was granted his wish through Make-A-Wish Mid-South.

Jacob’s wish to go to Walt Disney World Resort was granted in May 2016. The Barker family truly understands the power of a wish and what the experience can do for the whole family- this was the second annual event and the first year it benefitted Make-A-Wish Mid-South. We are thrilled to say they will be hosting their event again next year to continue to support wishes in the Jackson, TN area.

Ronnie and Melissa had an outstanding committee, and lots of community support. The event was hosted downtown at the city’s local amphitheater. It was packed, and they had such a great band turn out that it ended up being a two-day concert! It was free to the public and the family asked for donations in honor of Jacob. Make-A-Wish Mid-South is pleased to say that it raised enough money to grant a West Tennessee child’s wish!

  • The Barker family celebrating a successful event

  • Jacob's wish trip to Walt Disney World Resort

  • Jacob's wish trip to Walt Disney World Resort

  • Jacob's wish trip to Walt Disney World Resort

  • The Barker family celebrating a successful event

  • Jacob with his wish granting volunteer, Cliff Carter

Sponsor Spotlight: Central Arkansas Chick-fil-A locations

Thirteen Chick-fil-A® restaurants in Central Arkansas hosted benefit events May 1-13 in support of Make-A-Wish Mid-South.

The successful and widely-supported campaign raised money through individual, one-day events at each store. On the location's given day, it donated five percent of all sales to Make-A-Wish Mid-South.  During the campaign, every store hosted a local wish family and Make-A-Wish volunteers to spread the organization's mission, answer questions and tell stories about Make-A-Wish Mid-South. In addition to the money raised during the campaign, the stores donated an additional $10,000 to Make-A-Wish Mid-South, bringing the campaign total to more than $24,000. The campaign's proceeds will grant the wishes of three children in Central Arkansas.

  • Chick-fil-A campaign in Central Arkansas

  • Chick-fil-A campaign in Central Arkansas

  • Wish kid Haley sharing about Make-A-Wish Mid-South at Chick-fil-A

  • Wish kid Haley sharing about Make-A-Wish Mid-South at Chick-fil-A

It was truly our pleasure to be partnered with an organization that is doing so many wonderful things for young people…it was a lot of fun stopping my team and telling them that because of selling chicken they have a chance to give a family a once in a lifetime trip together. It makes what we do each day more real when they see a tangible impact that is made. ”

— Josh Burnette, Chick-fil-A owner/operator

Sponsor Spotlight: Tupelo Christian Preparatory School

TCPS has been active with Make-A-Wish for almost five years, and it continues to do amazing things for Make-A-Wish Mid-South wish children.

Each wish reveal it has hosted is tailored specially for the wish child. Their students fundraise each and every penny to help grant wishes, and their efforts make such an amazing impact on our wish kids in North Mississippi.

  • TCPS wish reveal

  • TCPS wish reveal

  • TCPS wish reveal

  • TCPS wish reveal

Make-A-Wish is a student led outreach at Tupelo Christian Preparatory School. TCPS has a Make-A-Wish Committee made up of six students, grades 7th -12th. This committee leads the school in fundraising all year long. Make-A-Wish has a special place in the heart of the students at TCPS, and the students enjoy being the hands and feet of Jesus as they encourage others. ”

— Mrs. Robin Herrod, TCPS

Sponsor Spotlight: Ashton's Army

In May 2016, wish kid Ashton and his family decided they wanted to give back to an organization that has meant so much to them. The family created Ashton’s Army Walk For Wishes team and set a lofty goal! They wanted to help share the power of a wish and grant the wishes of other kids like Ashton.

Ashton’s journey with Make-A-Wish Mid-South has been a long one. In winter of 2013, Ashton was diagnosed with Leukemia. Upon diagnosis, the family jumped in the car and headed to Arkansas Children's Hospital. Their time at ACH was filled with tests, needles, medicine and strange faces that eventually became part of their medical family. In the midst of all of this sadness and uncertainty, a ray of sunshine brightened their hearts when they learned that Make-A-Wish wanted to grant Ashton a wish.

Make-A-Wish volunteers visited Ashton and asked him what his one true wish would be. With the biggest smile he said, "Meeting Buzz Lightyear and Woody!" And, with that... a little hope came into the family’s hearts as Make-A-Wish staff started planning their trip to Disney World.

The trip was filled with magical moments that they’ll never forget.  

Watch Ashton's wish video

At the 2016 Walk For Wishes event Asthon’s Army raised over $7,000! Family and friends attend the walk dressed in ninja turtle costumes (Ashton’s favorite) and tutus! They spent the day celebrating the joyful memories of Ashton’s wish and the excitement of bringing hope, strength and joy to another wish kid.

Ashton’s Army Walk for Wishes Northwest Arkansas team is already gearing up for a great year two of Walk For Wishes! This year the team’s theme will be superheroes- Ashton’s favorite! The family has also planned a fun donation night at Las Palmas in Bentonville on May 9th.

  • Ashton ready to Walk for Wishes in 2016

  • Ashton and his mom gear up to lead their team at the 2016 Walk for Wishes

Our family wants to give back to other families like ours so that they can feel JOY and HAPPINESS again, and maybe for even a split second, forget everything they are going through. We want to put that light back into another child's eyes like we saw in our son. ”

— Tiffany, Ashton's mom

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

Are you interested in sponsoring a wish? We'd love to talk with you! Contact Rebekah Sudduth, our Corporate Development Manager, for more information!

Phone: (800) 376-9474 

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Little Rock, AR 72205
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