The has announced a $2.8 million gift to to renovate a property in Scottsdale, Arizona, that will serve as the organization's new home.
The 11,000-square-foot space will enable the organization, which has operated out of its current location for more than two decades, to expand its capacity to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Over the past twenty years, the organization has more than doubled the number of wishes it grants to three hundred and thirty a year. Currently, approximately four hundred children are referred to Make-A-Wish Arizona each year — several dozen more than the chapter is able to help annually. While no eligible wish goes ungranted, the wait for some may often is longer than desired.
Over the past two years, the couple has pledged more than $6.3 million to the organization. Renee Parsons also serves on the organizations board of directors and is co-chair of its annual Wish Ball fundraising gala.
"The need for functional space for our staff, volunteers, and the families we serve far exceeds the capacity of our current facility," said Make-A-Wish Arizona president and CEO Elizabeth Reich. "Operating within the confines of our current space, we simply cannot grow to serve more children."