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.
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.
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.