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Inaugural W.I.S.H. – Women Inspiring Strength & Hope - Surpasses $100,000


April 01, 2014

Joanne Pike named 2014 W.I.S.H. Champion of the Year

Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina announced that W.I.S.H. – Women Inspiring Strength & Hope 2014 raised more than $100,000 during its inaugural campaign.  A celebration luncheon was held on Friday, March 28 at The Umstead Hotel and Spa to honor the collective achievements of 12 outstanding women who used their talents, compassion, personal connections and leadership qualities to create awareness and raise funds to grant wishes to local children with life-threatening medical conditions.  Joanne Pike, who personally raised close to $20,000, was recognized as 2014 W.I.S.H. Champion of the Year.

“The effort and results of all of our inaugural W.I.S.H. Champions has been truly amazing,” said Kristen Johnson, Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina President & CEO. “Their commitment and incredible contributions help us as we enter our busiest wish granting season.  We are grateful for their support in establishing a benchmark as we continue to build the program in 2015.”

2014 W.I.S.H. Champions
Diane Adams
Suzanne Deckelbaum
Susan Haberberger
Tisha Lindberg
Elizabeth Lindsey
Aileen Chang Ondrako
Joanne Pike
Billie Redmond
Hope P. Seidel, MD
Suzanne Sutter
Lori Spivey
Katherine Thomas
W.I.S.H. 2014 launched with the W.I.S.H. Champion Launch & Cocktail Social the evening of January 30. Each of the 2014 W.I.S.H. Champions accepted the challenge to raise funds to grant one child’s wish in our community, a minimum of $7,500, during the two-month campaign. The 2014 W.I.S.H. Champion of the Year was determined by total funds raised to support wishes and announced during the celebration luncheon.

W.I.S.H. 2015 will officially kick off this October with a private cocktail social.  Nominations to become a W.I.S.H. Champion for 2015 are currently being accepted.  Please send letters of interest to Kristen Johnson at  The 3-month campaign will culminate with a celebration luncheon in January 2015.   

Press Contact

Christopher Winter
President & CEO
3809 Computer Drive Suite 201
Raleigh, NC  27609

Phone : (919) 821-7111
Fax : (919) 832-0079

Interested in becoming a WISH Champion? Please contact:

George Marut
Vice President, Development
919-821-7111, ext. 2118

Janis NetherlandJanis Netherland
Director of Philanthropy, Wilmington

Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina
3809 Computer Drive
Suite 201
Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 821-7111
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