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Local Chapter of Make-A-Wish Aims to Raise $200,000 and Double Participants from Last Year

Walk the walk by joining Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire at the 2nd Annual Walk For Wishes presented by The Grainger Foundation on Saturday, April 21. The festivities take place the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Make-A-Wish Orange County’s goal is to raise over $200,000 at this year’s charity walk event. 

Last year, Orange County’s Walk For Wishes saw around 1,100 participants and raised approximately $115,000 – enough funds to help grant more than 17 wishes for local children. It was the most successful inaugural Walk For Wishes event to date for any Make-A-Wish chapter in the nation. This year, the goal for Orange County’s walk is to double participants, funds raised and wishes granted.

The charity walk event includes a 2-mile walk for teams and individuals and a “World of Wishes” festival. The festival includes booths for each of the different kinds of wish experiences: I wish to have, I wish to be, I wish  to go, and I wish to meet. The world of wishes festival will also give the public a chance to meet with wish kids and families to learn about their experiences.

Participants can also enjoy free rides on the Great Park Balloon and soar 400 feet to see the surrounding landscape. The Great Park Balloon is the only tethered helium (not hot air) balloon in the United States. It is environmentally safe, non-polluting and is nearly silent.

Registration for the walk and festivities is $25 now until April 13, and includes a Make-A-Wish tee-shirt, food, and an “event day pass” for access to all of the day’s activities. After April 13, registration will be $35 until April 20 at noon. After that time, online registration will no longer be available. On-site registration is $40 on the day of the walk. To register, go to:

To learn more about the 2nd Annual Walk For Wishes, including how to become a walk sponsor, visit or contact Sarah Pizzaruso at  For more information on the Orange County Great Park, please go to


The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, with 62 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 200,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.


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