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WISH 2015 Women Inspiring Strength & Hope Fundraising Initiative Kicks off November 6


October 16, 2014

Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina announced that the WISH – Women Inspiring Strength & Hope – 2015 campaign will officially kick-off with a private social cocktail event hosted by Joanne Pike on November 6, 2014. The initiative that brings together dynamic professional and philanthropic women, who activate their personal networks to support Make-A-Wish®, raised more than $100,000 during its inaugural year in 2014. 

Co-chaired by Diane Adams (Chief People Officer, QlikTech) and Billie Redmond (Founder, TradeMark Properties), both members of the Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina Board of Directors, the three-month campaign challenges each WISH Champion to raise at least $7,500 to grant a wish and culminates with a Celebration Luncheon on January 30, 2015 at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary. The WISH Champion who raises the most during the Campaign will be recognized as the 2015 WISH Woman of the Year.

“We are amazed and humbled by the commitment of these outstanding women who use their talents, compassion and leadership qualities to help us grant incredible wishes in our community,” said Kristen Johnson, Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina President & CEO.  “Through WISH, we are able to provide an uplifting and memorable experience to the children and families that we serve.” 

Nominations to become a 2015 WISH Champion are currently being accepted.  Please send letters of interest to Kristen Johnson at or call 919-821-7111 ext. 206 to learn more about this unique fundraising initiative. 

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
Toll Free (800) 432-9474