Ava's 9th Birthday
Ava’s 9th Birthday At her 9th birthday party, Ava asked guests to make donations to Make-A-Wish Southern Florida in lieu of gifts. Supporting Make-A-Wish has become a tradition for Ava's family. Ten years ago, before passing away, Ava’s grandmother asked her loved ones to make donations to Make-A-Wish Southern Florida instead of sending flowers. Since then, Ava’s mother became a supporter of Make-A-Wish and she wanted to teach Ava the lesson of philanthropy. When Ava came to the Make-A-Wish office to present her $915 donation, she had a huge smile on her face.
Nick's Starlight Spectacular
Nick’s Starlight Spectacular brought joy during the holiday season. More than one million lights and 100 inflatables were displayed to help brighten the holiday season from December 7 to January 1, 2014. This wonderful event raised $15,000, enough to grant the wishes of three deserving children.
Kaitlynn's Pop Tab Bracelets
Kaitlynn was inspired to help make wishes come true when she saw a wish child on her family trip to Walt Disney World®. She knew when she saw this wish in action that she wanted to make a difference for another child. When she got home, she decided to start a Kids For Wish Kids fundraiser on behalf of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. She made pop-tab bracelets and sold them to her friends and family for donations to our chapter. Kaitlynn's goal was to raise $200, and she ended up raising $605.
Emily's Car Wash
On Saturday, July 20, 2013, Emily, whose wish to go to New York City was granted in 2010, held a car wash with her friends and family to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. Emily, who had a wonderful time on our wish trip, wanted to help other children experience their greatest wishes come true. In all, Emily's hard work and dedication paid off as her car wash raised $500!
University Lower School of Nova Southeastern University Lunch Time Market
Ms. Szikman’s fourth grade class at University Lower School of Nova Southeastern University held its annual weeklong Lunch Time Market event. By selling new and slightly used items such as books, novelties, toys and CDs, they raised $10,000 - enough to make 2 magical wishes come true. “This project not only reinforces the character education we teach our students every day, but also incorporates a significant educational component,” said Sheila Szikman, fourth grade team leader. “Students learn real life math skills including counting money, giving change, and computing sales, expenses, and profits.” – Sheila Szikman
Riverside Elementary’s Seaside Ice Cream Parlor
Riverside Elementary held its annual Mrs. Berger’s Seaside Ice Cream Parlor where the students were responsible for running their own ice cream store. This event showed the kids how hard it is to raise money and the importance of giving back. These young entrepreneurs were able to raise more than $2,000!
Pinewood Elementary’s Fall Walk-A-Thon
Pinewood Elementary hosted their Fall Walk-A-Thon to benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. This event raised enough funds to become a wish partner and help a child’s wish come true. Thank you Pinewood Elementary faculty and staff for all of your hard work. Special thanks to Lisa Goodz for organizing the walk!
The National Elementary Honor Society – For a period of 4 weeks every Friday was dress up day to benefit Make-A-Wish this event raised over $1,600.