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Become a Sponsor

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Companies and organizations across the state come together to support Make-A-Wish® through sponsorships of our events, Adopt-A-Wish® or through corporate giving.

Our wish kids benefit from the loyal and generous support we receive from the sponsorships we receive from corporations and organizations. The investment they make in the lives of Iowa wish children gives our wish families the wish experience they're looking for...complete with hope, strength and joy.



Gala season at Make-A-Wish Iowa runs from February until May! We host gala-type events across Iowa in the cities of Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Riverbend (Iowa Quad Cities area) and Sioux City. Each event has it's own style and theme and are great ways for us to showcase our wish kids in a more formal setting. All of the events include a live and/or silent auction and many include a full dinner and even dancing at the end of the night.

Galas are a great way for your company or organization to be more intimately acquainted with Make-A-Wish. Contact Carol TeBockhorst at (319) 930-2930 to learn more about which gala would be the best fit for you!

Walk for Wishes®

Walk for Wishes

Walk for Wishes are walk events that allow the general public to raise money on behalf of Make-A-Wish in their local communities.  Participants walk in their local communities to support Iowa wish kids and can utilize our on-line fundraising avenues to spread the word and raise funds for their efforts. Many of these events include a run, as well as family activities. 

Sponsorships for Walk for Wishes events range from $250 to $5,000 depending on the individual walk event. State-wide sponsorships are available. Walk for Wishes events are held in Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Dubuque and Iowa City.  For more information, contact Natalie Nowels at (800) 797-WISH (9474).

Tour de Lights

Tour de Lights

Tour de Lights is an event of Jolly Holiday Lights that allows walkers, runners, cyclists, skaters and more to tour Jolly Holiday Lights the weekend preceding Thanksgiving, before Jolly Holiday Lights opens to the public. Originally a one-night event, Tour de Lights expanded to two nights in 2012, due to its increasing popularity. Participants pay a small entry fee and are encouraged to raise pledges from family and friends. Saturday night is now "Family Night" and Sunday night is "Fitness Night".  The event is based in Water Works Park, but Sunday night participants have the option of beginning at a downtown location to increase mileage. 

To learn more about how your company can sponsor Tour de Lights, contact Carol TeBockhorst at (319) 930-2930.

Jolly Holiday Lights

Jolly Holiday Lights_blue Jolly Holiday Lights is the single largest fundraiser Make-A-Wish Iowa hosts during the year. The Des Moines area event attracts people from all over to enjoy the 3.5 mile route of lit holiday displays. The event runs each year from the Tuesday before Thanksgiving through New Year's Day. In 2012, the event raised enough money to grant the wishes of 35 Iowa children.

Sponsorships of Jolly Holiday Lights range from the $500 star sponsorship up to the $50,000 presenting sponsorship, with a lot of affordable options in between. For more information on how you company can support Jolly Holiday Lights, contact Carol TeBockhorst at (319) 930-2930.

Other Opportunities

There are many other event-based opportunities to support Make-A-Wish Iowa in your area of the state!  Wish Upon A Par golf outings are held in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Mason City and the Cedar Valley area.  Our unique and popular Wish Ride, a motorcycle event, happens each August in Mason City and Council Bluffs. Women for Wish Kids, a quarterly event in Des Moines area and Iowa Quad Cities area is a social outing for women who support wish families in Iowa.

Beyond that each of our 11 area committees host events in their area that they are always accepting sponsorships for. If you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities, please contact Carol TeBockhorst at (319) 930-2930.

I see the value in having the organization and making wishes come true. This is something I hadn’t thought about before but now see the need for it. The wish was truly a celebration for us. ”

— Austin's Mom, Kellee

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3009 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322-3220
(515) 334-2636
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