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Athletes, Make-A-Wish Wyoming fulfill 25 wishes for kids at inaugural ‘Serving Up Wishes’ event

Attendees dress in Star Wars costumes at the "Serving Up Wishes" event from Make- A-Wish Wyoming and 1WYO on April 20 in Cheyenne. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Stanbury)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Make-A-Wish Wyoming hosted its first annual “Serving Up Wishes” event on April 20 in Cheyenne to bring together communities and supporters and help grant life-changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses.

1WYO, an organization that partners with student athletes to elevate charitable events, helped Make-A-Wish Wyoming to put on the inaugural event. The event garnered an unprecedented level of enthusiasm and support, with notable participation from the University of Wyoming Athletics coaches and athletes.

To kick off the evening, trios of athletes from Wyoming Football, Men’s & Women’s Basketball, Women’s Volleyball and Wrestling each competed in a talent contest to raise the most money for a child waiting for their wish to be granted. The winning team, Women’s Basketball, clinched a narrow victory with its rendition of Napoleon Dynamite’s signature dance. Attendees had opportunities to meet the athletes and place their support behind the team of their choice to help fund a wish. Together, the athletes contributed to the magical atmosphere of the evening, dedicated to raising funds to fulfill the heartfelt wishes of children in need across the state.

Photo courtesy of Jessica Stanbury

Eventgoers saw the impact of a granted wish with a moving testimony from recent wish recipient Adelaide and an inspirational message from Make-A-Wish Wyoming CEO Morgan Poloncic. During the memorable gathering, Make-A-Wish Wyoming, in partnership with Enbridge, granted Kaleb’s wish to create his very own lightsaber at Disney World. The moment was accentuated by the presence of a captivating cast of Star Wars characters, who delivered the news to Kaleb, filling the room with smiles and cheer.

“This was such a special moment,” said Kaleb’s mom, Kody. “Kaleb loves Star Wars. The whole reveal was magical from the moment the intro music started playing to when the characters came out to getting pictures with them at the end. Kaleb felt so special and was so excited that his wish was granted in such a big way. It was a dream come true.”

Photo courtesy of Jessica Stanbury

In addition, Make-A-Wish Wyoming recognized Community Partner of the Year Chet and Michelle Halvorson and Volunteer of the Year Chassity Wiederspahn.

The generosity and support of event attendees and sponsors resulted in the fulfillment of 25 wishes, each representing a dream come true for a deserving child.

Next year’s “Serving Up Wishes” event will be on April 12. For more information about Make-A-Wish Wyoming, click here.