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Make A Wish Foundation

May 2, 2004
PETER BUFFA Make a wish. No, not you. We're talking about "Make-a-Wish." I'm sure you know who they are and what they do, but here's a few things you might not know, smarty pants. The other day, I learned a lot about this outstanding organization from Mark Pilon, who happens to be the chief executive of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Orange County, which is just a stone's throw from here. The group's mission statement is so simple it fits nicely on the back of Pilon's business card: "The Make-a-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions."
June 24, 2002
Christine Carrillo Katrina Payne received her wish. Spending Sunday morning at a beauty salon, dressing up in a personally tailored gown and being escorted from her limousine into the Palm Garden at the Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach while royal music played, nine-year-old Katrina certainly received her wish. With all eyes on her as she took her throne, wore her crown and received a bouquet of roses from her handsome wish grantor, the Corona del Mar resident transformed into "Her Royal Princess Katrina Payne."
By Kelly Strodl | March 16, 2007
Getting to Catalina Island usually takes less than two hours by boat. But Lindsey Eastman's planning to take the — you might say — more scenic route. She plans to swim it. It'll take about 20 hours, but at least she won't be alone. Eastman, 22, of Huntington Beach and five friends will set out at 10 p.m. on April 13 on a journey to cross the channel between the Southern California coast at Palos Verdes and Parsons Landing in Catalina Island to raise money for charity.
By MIKE WHITEHEAD | September 29, 2006
Ahoy. While most of you are sipping your coffee and reading this column, I am heading south for the San Diego Yacht Club to board a vessel entered in the Make-a-Wish Tuna Challenge. The nice motor yacht is owned by the Maritime Institute and is used as a training vessel. We will have a motley crew aboard, including Ray Tsuneyoshi, the Boating and Waterways Director for California, and Chandler Bell, the radio show manager. Unfortunately, the owner of the Maritime Institute, Rags Laragione — who planned the fishing trip — will not be able to join us as he had to fly north for a family emergency.
By Saneyee Purandare | March 30, 2009
The tears came Monday morning at St. Joachim?s Parish School as a young leukemia survivor told the first-graders how the Make-A-Wish foundation made it possible to fulfill his dream to go to Disney World. The boy, who declined to be identified, was a living testimonial to the students who collected $1,615 in fundraisers to give to the foundation. This money, raised over the last two weeks by the school?s first-grade class, will be used to give a Costa Mesa girl fighting cancer the computer she wants so she can keep up with her schoolwork while going through treatment.
By Britney Barnes, | June 16, 2011
COSTA MESA — Suzy Hermes and her family were getting ready to go on a once-in-a-lifetime Disney cruise to the Bahamas through the Make-A-Wish Foundation when everything spun out of control. Her youngest daughter, who was getting her wish granted, ended up in the hospital. Her oldest daughter was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder. Her husband was hospitalized. Everything seemed to fall apart, and the family had to postpone the cruise for three months. But the thought of finally taking the voyage helped Hermes and her family stay positive during their hardships.
January 21, 2011
COSTA MESA — Talk About Curing Autism has hired a new chief executive with more than 20 years of nonprofit experience. The Costa Mesa-based nonprofit hired Janine Ingram to replace founder Lisa Ackerman to oversee its national fundraising operation and strategic planning programs. Ackerman, who started the organization in 2000, will stay one with Talk About Curing Autism, a national organization charged with supporting, educating and providing resources to families affected by autism.
By Sarah Peters, | May 3, 2011
Get Involved: What: "We Care For Kids, Inc. " Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire. When: May 16 at the Mesa Verde Country Club, 300 Club House Road, Costa Mesa Registration: contact or call (949) 223-8279 Can you put a price tag on a wish? Actually, you can — but the sheer joy of one memory that will last a child through his or her lifetime is priceless.
December 6, 2010
Popular artisan-bread café Panera Bread will open its newest location, in the Bristol Center, on Wednesday. The new café is at 3931 S. Bristol St. in Santa Ana, near South Coast Plaza. With its wide selection of café and panini sandwiches available throughout the day, the café is expected to draw local residents, families, Bristol Center and South Coast Plaza shoppers, according to a Panera press release. In addition to sandwiches and fresh-baked bread loaves, Panera Bread also offers soups served in bread bowls, salads, bagels, pastries and sweets, specialty coffees and espresso drinks, and free Wi-Fi connection.
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