Annual Celebrity Softball Challenge a Great Partnership Between Indians and Indiana Children’s Wish Fund
While local sports stars, including the hosts of the night, Indianapolis Colts Robert Mathis and Indiana Pacers Paul George, will take Victory Field June 9 for the eighth annual Caroline Symmes Celebrity Softball Challenge to entertain, the primary mission of the night is centered on making a little magic for local children.
Indiana Children’s Wish Fund receives all proceeds from the night. Though fans may have heard the name, the question begs: what exactly does the Fund do?
Founded in 1984, the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund continues to achieve their mission of allowing terminally ill children ages 3-18 the chance to experience what they have missed out on because of their illness: just being a kid. According to the Fund’s mission statement, “granting their wish gives these brave children something to look forward to and helps build strength and hope for their futures.”
Over the course of Fund’s existence, more than 3,500 wishes have been fulfilled. An average wish costs around $6,000 and because the Fund is not-for-profit, all funding is made possible through donations and fundraising events, such as the Celebrity Softball Challenge.
Wishes can range anywhere from trips to Disney World to meeting a favorite celebrity; the sky is the limit! Angelo, Noah and Daniel are just a few of the many children who have been touched by the Fund, traveling to places they never thought possible before.
“Following a bone marrow transplant, Angelo’s wish was to travel to the San Diego, California-area for a family reunion. Thanks to Indiana Children’s Wish, Angelo and his family enjoyed a wonderful week at the Omni La Costa resort. Beyond the sunny weather, relaxation, and the joy of family, eighteen-year old, Angelo especially liked the rental car: a hot, red, Mustang.”
“Noah and his mom, dad, brother and sister were able to enjoy a special trip to Disney World where Noah especially enjoyed his time at the “Give Kids the World” Village. At the Village, Wish children receive their own Mickey plush, Disney characters visit the Village, and there are lots of special activities and fun. Noah also especially enjoyed the magic of Disney, Seaworld and Lego Land. He can’t wait to go back in the future!”
“Through the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund, Daniel and his friend, Hannah had the opportunity to visit Clearwater Beach for a week. They had a wonderful time hanging out on the beach and visiting the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (home of Winter and Hope from the Dolphin Tales movies!) The family stayed in a lovely condo on the beach, and were provided a beach wheelchair to make transporting the kids to the beach easier. Daniel absolutely loved playing in the sand! Daniel and Hanna’s first order of business on the beach was to build the Great Wall of China (they are both adopted from China), which they did in short order. As Daniel himself said in a note to the Children’s Wish staff, ‘Thank you for the vacation to Florida. This was the best vacation I ever had!’”
Be sure to come out to Victory Field June 9 to take part in a magical evening and prepare to make some wishes come true.
For a better glimpse into the world of wish-making, click here (video courtesy of Indiana Children’s Wish Fund).
Tickets are still available for $10 by clicking here or by contacting the Box Office at (317) 269-3545.