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Make-A-Wish® Georgia Announces 2012 Award Recipients
Make-A-Wish Georgia announced today the recipients of its Annual Awards, which were distributed at the 8th Annual Celebration of Wishes Gala on October 20, 2012.
Make-A-Wish, which is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. “Every year we honor a select group of individuals who go above and beyond to create wish experiences that make life better for wish kids, families and communities,”
The Power of a Wish Award is presented to an individual or group that has exhibited outstanding leadership over an extended period of time to help Make-A-Wish Georgia expand its ability to deliver its mission of granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. This year, Phil Martens, CEO of Novelis, Inc., and the Novelis Team are the recipients of this award. Atlanta-
Make-A-Wish Georgia, with a corporate contribution of $250,000. Their commitment continued throughout 2011 and 2012, and grew as they committed to sponsoring all of Make-A-Wish Georgia’s flagship events and continue to promote opportunities for their employees to engage in volunteer service.
The Debbie Tillman Award was created in honor of Debbie Tillman, an incredible leader, who, through tireless efforts, helped to launch Make-A-Wish Georgia in 1995 and served as the organization’
The Hope, Strength and Joy Award is presented to an outstanding volunteer who has helped to deliver hope through granting wishes, strength through their fundraising initiatives, and joy through their commitment to the mission of the organization. This year, Jennifer Simpson of Columbus, Georgia, is the recipient of the award. Jennifer has helped to grant 42 wishes since she began volunteering with Make-A-Wish in 2007. She serves with the Columbus Advisory Committee and as a media representative and volunteer trainer for Make-A-Wish in Southeast Georgia.
The William Blake Kuller “Indomitable Spirit” Award was established in honor of Wish Child, Blake Kuller. This award is intended to honor a wish child or wish parent who embodies the essence of an “indomitable”
Make-A-Wish Georgia is the local chapter of the national Make-A-Wish network. We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed say that a wish come true can affect a child’s health outcomes. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences strengthen the entire family. We have granted over 5,000 wishes locally, and seek to grant 400 wishes this year. To learn more about Make-A-Wish, visit us at http://georgia.wish.org and discover how you can share The Power of a Wish®.