You know those movies that totally pull at your heart strings and have you in tears the entire time? I felt like I was in one of those movies this past Saturday night and I enjoyed every second of it.
Austin and I had the pleasure of attending the Make a Wish Night Gala at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. We felt like we were going to prom or something fancy, as we got to get dolled up in our classiest attire. Neither of us had ever attended an event like this gala before, and did not know what to expect, but leaving the event we would both say we highly enjoyed it and were impacted for the better.
You may be familiar with Make a Wish, as they are the organization that grants ill children their biggest wishes. It takes a village to make these wishes happen, and I was not aware of all that goes into making these kiddos dreams come true, until the Make a Wish Night Gala.
There were people from all walks of life, from all over North Texas, at the event. Some who have and are battling life threatening illnesses and have yet to see their 18th birthday. Others who are parents who continue to care for their little ones, who have been in and out of hospitals and seen countless doctors. Numerous children and each of them had a different talent from singing, to painting, to being a stud hockey player. The room was like a rainbow, in the sense that it was filled with so many talents, ages, ethnicities, but everyone came together and acted as one, to raise money for these children with big dreams and wishes.
Aside from the fancy clothes, delicious dinner and countless cocktails, Make a Wish Night has a significant purpose. It is the night where all the money is raised for these children whom have big wishes and dreams. I was not aware that it takes $10,000 to grant a child a wish.
Pre-dinner you can walk around and bid on items, where all the money goes back to Make a Wish North Texas, followed by a silent auction. Austin and I were mesmerized and filled with joy seeing all of the people from our community giving back and donating their money to this cause. Whether you can donate $25 or $25,000 it all adds up and ends up making a difference in one of the kiddos lives.
As a result of the community’s generosity, Make a Wish North Texas has been able to grant more than 11,000 wishes. *cue the tears*
After attending this event for the first time, my husband and I realized how important it is to get involved and give back. We were talking on the way home saying if we are not giving back and paying it forward then honestly what is our purpose?
That said, I am super excited to say we have both signed up to take the certification to become wish granters for Make a Wish North Texas. We have only completed the application thus far, but super excited to hopefully get involved and make a difference in the years to come. I can’t think of a better thing to do with my husband, honestly.
If you are in the North Texas area and are interested in learning more about the Make a Wish Foundation, you can visit their website which has all the details and volunteer information.
This was seriously such a fun, impactful night. I am already looking forward to Wish Night 2020!