Gordon Ramsay, Michelle Wilson, Rosanna Pansino and Stephen Curry Announced as the 2018 Recipients of the Annual Award
PHOENIX (Nov. 20, 2018) –Make-A-Wish has awarded Gordon Ramsay, Michelle Wilson, Rosanna Pansino and Stephen Curry with the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award for their pivotal role in furthering the Make-A-Wish mission. These individuals uniquely delivered unforgettable wish experiences while also using their celebrity platform to increase awareness and fundraising efforts for the world’s largest wish granting organization.
- Gordon Ramsay: Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay recently challenged himself to confirm 24 wishes in 24 hours, inspired by the launch of his new show “24 Hours to Hell & Back.” He contacted several of his celebrity friends to help him meet his goal. In the end, Gordon confirmed 32 wishes.
- Michelle Wilson: The co-president of WWE has made an impact on every level of Make-A-Wish, serving as a Make-A-Wish Connecticut board member and generous donor. On a national level, she has been a Make-A-Wish Corporate Advisory Council Member and trusted advisor for the re-energized World Wish Day campaign. She has also been instrumental in generating new leads in the industry for sponsors and key influencers.
- Rosanna Pansino: The YouTube creator and American baker has put aside lots of time to bake and create “nummies” with each wish kid. She then provides them with gifts to continue making tasty treats back at home. She often posts her wishes on her channel, bringing the joy and impact of a wish to her audience of more than 10 million subscribers.
- Stephen Curry: The NBA Champion and league MVP has been granting wishes for the past five years. From granting one wish his first year to 24 wishes this past year, his desire to create memorable experiences has only grown. For his latest group wish, Stephen rented out an entire amusement park for him to hangout and go on rides with the wish kids.
The Chris Greicius Celebrity Award – now in its 30th year of existence – is announced every year at the Make-A-Wish Annual Conference where hundreds of staff and board members from the 60 chapters nationwide gather for a week of learning, networking and inspiration. The award is named after Chris Greicius, the 7-year-old boy whose wish to be a police officer inspired the creation of Make-A-Wish in 1980.
“These four wish granters generously take time out of their incredibly busy schedules to create life-changing wishes,” said Shaina Reeser, director of entertainment and sports relations at Make-A-Wish America. “Wishes allow children with critical illnesses to replace fear with confidence, anxiety with hope and sadness with joy … and they wouldn’t be possible without the help of these celebrity wish granters and other supporters nationwide.”
In fiscal year 2017, Make-A-Wish granted more than 15,400 wishes – more than 1,000 of which involved a celebrity. In addition, celebrities have the power to inspire and move their audiences to action in order to help Make-A-Wish grant more wishes. To learn more and find out how you can get involved, visit wish.org.
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Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in more than 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 35,000 volunteers across the U.S., grant a wish every 34 minutes, on average, somewhere in the country. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 300,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories; more than 15,400 in 2017 alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish America, visit wish.org.