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First Lady Kathleen Sandoval to reveal wish to local child at Waffles & Wishes



makeawishlogo-300x133-5928080-7916892Share in the power of a wish® at Waffles & Wishes on Tuesday, March 25, from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. In its fourth year, Make-A-Wish’s® Waffles & Wishes raises money to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

During the event, guests will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items, enjoy breakfast and listen to heartwarming stories from past wish children and their families. At each Waffles & Wishes event, Make-A-Wish reveals a wish live to an unsuspecting child. Last year’s wish child, Isaac, will be in attendance, and will share his wish experience – a family road trip through California.

First Lady Kathleen Sandoval will help grant the wish of this year’s recipient, Lillian, 6, who will be crowned princess for the day, followed by a send-off to a famous theme park in Florida. The theme of this year’s event is youth philanthropy. The wishes highlighted were adopted by guest speaker Ashley Taylor, who has been involved in Make-A-Wish since her sophomore year in high school. She had raised enough funds to grant four wishes and recently founded the Youth Leadership Committee in the hopes of igniting a love of philanthropy in other local youth.

Make-A-Wish is hoping to raise enough funds at the event to be able to grant at least 15 of the more than 40 wishes the organization expects to grant in northern Nevada this year. The average cash cost of a wish granted is $5,000. Many wishes also receive generous backing of local and national sponsors through in-kind support.

More than 500 guests and business sponsors are expected to attend Waffles & Wishes. Admission is free, but guest are encouraged to donate at the event and participate in the silent auction. Pre-registration is required for the event, and reservations may be made by calling 775-826-8008.

For more information about Make-A-Wish, please contact Cynthia R. Freeman, Ph.D., regional director, at 775-826-8008 or [email protected].

About Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa is Reno’s newest AAA Four Diamond resort nestled at the base of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range, and ideally located on the strip in the heart of Reno’s restaurant, shopping and entertainment district. Atlantis is located less than an hour away from beautiful Lake Tahoe and stunning golf courses of northern California and Nevada. Atlantis is thoughtfully and elegantly positioned and designed for relaxation, rejuvenation and celebration. A favorite resort destination for travelers near and far and voted Best Hotel & Casino for its exceptional and friendly service, Atlantis is truly second to none. For more information please visit us at www.atlantiscasino.com or call 800.723.6500. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/atlantiscasinoresortspa, or Twitter at @atlantiscasino.

About Make-A-Wish®

Make-A-Wish® of Northeastern California and Northern Nevada was established in 1983 as one of the early local chapters of Make-A-Wish® America, which is the leading wish-granting organization in the country.  Since then, it has granted more than 5,000 wishes to children within its 37-county service area. The mission of Make-A-Wish® is to grant wishes to children, age 2 ½ to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. For more information about Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada, call 916.437.0206 or visit www.necannv.wish.org.

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