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Make-A-Wish® "WISH Week" Impacts North Iowa


June 19, 2015



Months of planning and promotion are coming together in North Iowa the second week of June as WISH Week for Make-A-Wish® Iowa begins. Local committee volunteers have been coordinating the Wish Upon A Par golf tournament on July 9th at the Mason City Country Club and a motorcycle fun run called Wish Ride on July 11th.

Registration and check-in for the Wish Upon A Par golf tournament, spearheaded by Jim Lensing at North Iowa Golf, begins at 10:30 a.m. with a Calcutta Auction starting at 11:30 a.m. Golfers begin the best-shot tournament with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $125 per player or $500 for a foursome, both of which include green fees, carts, and a dinner followed by a live and silent auction.

Local volunteers and organizations will also be receiving awards for their service and impact to Make-A-Wish at the golf tournament, including Dennis Burke (Mason City) – Tommy Austin Award, Val Plagge (Latimer) – North Iowa Volunteer of the Year, Hayden Despenas (Mason City) – Circle of Inspiration Award, The Mason city Fire Department – Abracadabra Award, Battle of the Badges – 1st Place, External Event.

The following Saturday, July 11th, Wish Ride rolls through North Iowa, starting at Mason City Harley-Davidson with a breakfast from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m and ends at L.D.’s Filling Station. Registration is $35 in advance or $40 the day of the event and includes a custom t-shirt, pin, dinner and dinner. The evening will end with live and silent auctions and music performed by the Chocolate Crackers.

“We’re always excited for Wish Week,” said Jamie Rasko, Manager of Communications for Make-A-Wish Iowa. “The idea of doing multiple events in a single week is unique to this area of the state. The volunteers put a lot of time and effort to see these fundraisers be successful and the result is more awareness and funds to grant wishes in the local area.”

Make-A-Wish Iowa is currently granting a wish every other day in the state of Iowa. To register for these events, volunteer or learn more about Make-A-Wish, visit or call (800) 797-WISH (9474).

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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  Share the Power of a Wish®.

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Make-A-Wish® Iowa
3009 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322-3220
(515) 334-2636
Toll Free Iowa Only (800) 797-9474