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Dubuque Racing Association Awards $15,000

Dubuque, Iowa-The Dubuque Racing Association awarded a grant of $15,000 to Make-A-Wish® Iowa to grant wishes in the Dubuque area to help the organization grant the wishes of three area children. The Dubuque Racing Association, which started in 1985, promotes social, economic and community betterment. The Association has been a long-time supporter of the Make-A-Wish and has many wishes over the years to Dubuque are children with a life-threatening medical condition.

This year’s grant award benefited three Dubuque area wish children.

Mason, 15      
neurological condition

I wish to go to meet my favorite celebrity
Mason’s wish was to meet his favorite celebrity. These exciting wishes are often unpredictable and happen without a lot of notice! Mason and his family flew to Virginia for the encounter. Mason went out for his favorite food, tacos, and made his way to the concert, where he got to watch and later meet the artist. The experience was unforgettable! The next day, Mason’s family was able to spend some time touring Washington D.C. before heading back to Dubuque.

Chaniece, 3   
condition
I wish to go to Mickey’s House

Chaniece loves Mickey Mouse, so her wish choice was easy – she wanted to go to Mickey’s House, so off she went to Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida! She and her family of five traveled in November to visit the all of the Florida theme parks including Sea World, Universal Studios and the Disney theme parks. Chaniece was able to go to Donald’s Dining Safari and meet many of the characters while she was there. They also go to stay at Give Kids the World Village - a special lodging place for wish families. The resort has private villas, special events and ice cream all day long. The family had a wonderful time!

John, 15
condition
I wish visit my uncle in Montana

John’s wish was to go to Montana and visit his uncle – the perfect wish for someone who loves to spend time outdoors! He and his family of five drove to Montana with fun stops including Cowboy Town in Buffalo Ride, SD, Bear Country USA in Rapid City, SD, Mount Rushmore and horseback riding at the Bar W Guest Ranch. The family also got to spend time exploring Yellowstone National Park.

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