Deanna Woodall of Bettendorf was awarded the local volunteers of the year for the Iowa Quad Cities. Woodall was nominated most especially for never saying no. There is not a single Make-A-Wish event that she does not volunteer for or participate in. Her take-charge attitude on life landed her as co-chair of the Walk for Wishes® event and chair of the gala. No matter what she is asked to do or what needs to happen, she always gets the job done. Her commitment to the mission is only amplified because she is a wish mom.
David Canfield of Davenport was given the Circle of Inspiration, given to a wish child the local committee found to be especially inspiring. David’s wish was to meet his favorite baseball team. The morning he woke up to head to the airport he came down with the chicken pox. He spent a few days in isolation at the hospital and never lost his positive attitude. Canfield has been dealt a lot of tough battles through is young life and always has a positive attitude on life. He lost his mom to cancer at a very young age and has every reason to be mad at the world, instead he is a very happy and inspirational young man.
Dawn Rahe of Davenport was a recipient of the Abracadabra Award for creating a magical, unique experience for a wish family or for going the extra distance to make what seems “impossible”, possible. Rahe is known for always taking the extra steps in everything she does. When granting a wish, she is constantly in touch with the family from the first contact to the last time she meets with them. She visits the wish family’s home bearing thoughtful gifts that are directed at the wish recipient. She is a very good listener and it truly shows when she is granting a child's wish. She always goes above and beyond what is asked of her as a wish granter and those families are very appreciative of her extra steps. Most of her families stay in touch with her for years to come and are considered friends.
Allsteel, Hon and Stange Partnership received the Legacy of Wishes Award, given to individuals or organizations who have created a legacy of helping to fund wishes for at least ten years. Over the years, the parternship between Allsteel, Hon and the Stange family has been a guiding light in Muscatine and the Riverbend area. The group presented their first gift of $4,000 in 2004 and their efforts have increased each year, most recently donating more than $30,000 to Make-A-Wish Iowa. Over the past ten years, they have helped fund wishes with more than $150,000 in contribution. The group has funded ten wishes and donated auction items to the Riverbend gala the past five years. Allsteel’s Annual Picnic was also recognized as the second highest revenue external event.
The 2013 Hy-Vee Food and Wine Event in the Quad Cities earned the New External Event of the Year award. The event raised enough to contribute $8,000 to the Iowa Chapter, as well as contributing to Make-A-Wish® Illinois. It was a great event attended by 200 wine and food lovers.
“We’re thrilled with how our Riverbend committee operates in the Quad Cities on the Iowa side,” said Chris Voggesser, CEO for Make-A-Wish Iowa. “The entire community seems aware of just how powerful a wish can be to a child who has a life-threatening medical condition. Iowa kids appreciate your support.”
Make-A-Wish Iowa granted 153 wishes in their last fiscal year and anticipate granting 185 in our current year – that’s about a wish every other day.
Award winners will be recognized at Make-A-Wish Iowa’s Share the Power of a Wish® gala, themed “Winter Wonderland” at the Waterfront Convention Center on February 7th. A limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased at iowa.wish.org or by calling (515) 334-2636.
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About Make-A-Wish® Iowa
Make-A-Wish® Iowa grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Foundation has granted wishes to more than 3,000 children with life-threatening medical conditions since 1987 and currently grants a wish every other day in Iowa. To find out more, visit iowa.wish.org. Share the Power of a Wish®.