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Posted: Feb 26, 2016

6th Annual Pulling for Wishes Airplane Pull to be Held April 23

Ready, Set, Pull! Think you've got what it takes to pull a twin-engine jet 15 feet? Form a team and find out - and help grant wishes to Indiana children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or terminal illness. The average cost of a wish is $6,000, and we want to break last year's record-setting year of more than $360,000 and 60 wishes! It's all part of the 6th Annual Pulling for Wishes Airplane Pull in Indianapolis. We need your support to make this year an even bigger event!

Enjoy upbeat tunes by Digitalmonkeymusic.com, silent auction items, raffle prizes, mascots and much more! We'll have a special appearance by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis, and Indianapolis sports radio talk host and former NFL offensive lineman Joe Staysnlak as emcee! Children will especially enjoy the bounce hours, face painting, cake walk and a costume contest with plenty of prizes! Hot dogs, snacks...

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Posted: Feb 23, 2016

Indiana Children’s Wish Fund Announces Partnership with Amazon Smile

Indiana Children’s Wish Fund is pleased to announce an exciting partnership with AmazonSmile, effective immediately.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Indiana Children’s Wish Fund every time you shop on Amazon.com. When you shop, by first logging into smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase price to our Wish kids. It’s part of Amazon’s commitment to help those in need. The donation is at no additional cost to you.

It’s simple. It’s easy. Please sign up today.

  • Just log into:  smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to ...

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Posted: Jan 16, 2016

Fox 59: Indiana Children’s Wish Fund helps fulfill sick children’s dreams

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 16, 2016) -- 16-year-old Andrew Caes and his family recently took a vacation to Italy - all thanks to the Indiana Children's Wish Fund.

Andrew, a student at Bethesda Christian School, was diagnosed with Myxiod liposcarcoma cancer in 2015. When the Indiana Children's Wish Fund decided to send him to Italy, he picked Florence because of family friends living in the city. The Caes family - including Andrew's three sisters - spent eight days in Italy, visiting Rome as well. The day after the family returned from their trip, Andrew got some big news: his doctor declared him cancer-free.

The Children's Wish Fund, a state wide wish-granting organization for young Hoosiers ages 3 to 18, who've been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.

Andrew, his mother An...

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Posted: Nov 17, 2015

Indiana Children’s Wish Fund: Christmas in the Kitchen 2015 to be held December 11

One of Indianapolis' (if not THE) top foodie fundraisers annually is gearing up for its holiday event: Christmas in the Kitchen at the Hyatt Regency downtown Fri., Dec. 11. There is no fundraiser I look forward to more than this one, folks. It's a chance to dress up, have an insider's look at the chefs' world, and give to a worthy cause, all while sipping fabulous cocktails and wine, and nibbling your way through the smorgasbord of gourmet cuisine. The Indiana Children's Wish Fund receives the money raised through tickets and an extraordinary silent auction.

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Posted: Feb 02, 2014

Indiana Children’s Wish Fund Celebrity Softball - “2013 Event Commercial”

Please join us on Thursday, June 26, 2014 for our sixth annual Caroline Symmes Memorial Celebrity Softball Challenge presented by The Tony Stewart Foundation taking place at Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians.

Last year’s event was a huge success with over 40 celebrities in attendance. We are honored that Roy Hibbert, All Star Center for the Indiana Pacers and Robert Mathis, All Pro Defensive End for the Indianapolis Colts, will once again host the event and help us secure fellow teammates.

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Posted: Jan 31, 2014

Press Release: Indiana Children’s Wish fund “Portrait of Wishes Ball” Set for October 5th, 2013

Presenting Sponsor is Capitol Group Companies

The annual Indiana Children’s Wish Fund “Portrait of Wishes” gala, one of the largest fundraisers for Indiana Children’s Wish Fund, will take place Saturday, October 5th, 2013 at The Tower, One American Square in downtown Indianapolis. The event celebrates Indiana Children’s Wish Fund’s 29th year and more than 3,000 wishes granted for Indiana children. Festivities begin with a reception and silent auction at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner, dancing, and a live auction. Presenting sponsor of the gala is Capital Group Companies, home of the American Funds.

Event chairs of Portrait of Wishes Ball are Cammie Blackman, Kathie Copeland and Alyce Edwards.

Featured entertainment will be provided by Groove Essential, a unique live band that creates a fun and high-energy evening and ...

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Posted: Dec 03, 2013

Press Release: First Annual Evening of Giving Benefit Concert and Charity Auction - December 12

First Annual Evening of Giving Benefit Concert and Charity Auction benefiting Indiana Children’s Wish Fund and Racing for Corey

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Racing for Corey announces today, that the first annual “Evening of Giving Benefit Concert and Charity Auction,” will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Bartini’s located at Union Station, 39 W. Jackson Pl, in downtown Indianapolis. The evening’s festivities will take place from 6:30 to 10 p.m., which will include live music provided by The Souled Out Band, a live auction of fabulous items, including an Indy Racing Experience with a 2-seater ride in an IndyCar, an opportunity to be a crew member for the day with IndyCar team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, a guitar autographed by the Eagles, and much more. Complimentary appetizers will be served with a cash bar. The event’s net proceeds will benefit two...

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Posted: Dec 02, 2013

“In the News” - Christmas in the Kitchen, 2012

Hyatt’s Christmas in the Kitchen Dec. 12, 2013 ~ Benefiting Indiana Children's Wish Fund

Full Article: GottaGo Blog - Elizabeth J. Musgrave. Lifestyle Adviser-Indy Style on WISH TV 8 (CBS)

Last year (2012) I was invited to attend Hyatt Regency's Downtown annual event called Christmas in the Kitchen

What? Yes, in the kitchen. At the Hyatt downtown.

Since I love experiencing something new, I went.

In short...wow.

It was too much fun just strolling about in an evening dress sampling numerous wines, entrees, desserts, cocktails, and bumping into people I knew and didn't. A glass of wine here, lamb chops there, and something gooey and chocolate to nibble while chatting with the chefs and other attendees. The carols being played kept the...

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Posted: Dec 02, 2013

“In the News” - Christmas in the Kitchen, 2013 - INDY STAR

People always end up in the kitchen at a holiday party — even when you have a guest list of 400. And that’s the point of Christmas in the Kitchen, the Dec. 12 event that benefits the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund.

The annual event takes place in the culinary center of the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, where executive chef John Pivar and his staff will cook and serve a menu that includes 20 to 25 dishes and 10 desserts.

This year, the 1,600-square-foot kitchen will be set up with a dozen food stations featuring everything from beef tenderloin and whole fried red snapper to a mashed potato station, a rotating pizza oven and a raw bar.

And just like at any party, some guests will never leave the kitchen. “Seventy-five percent will eventually go sit down, but there are some that stay in the kitchen the whole time,” Pivar said.

Kelly Bodner, a regular attendee, is one of those. &ld...

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Posted: Sep 05, 2013

Press Release: Christmas in the Kitchen Set for Thursday, December 12, 2013

Give the Gift of Hope This Holiday---Help Grant a Special Christmas Wish!

Ho Ho Ho!!! The holidays will be there before we know it and it will be time to celebrate at Indianapolis’ premier holiday event--- Christmas in the Kitchen. This unique holiday food extravaganza will take place on Thursday,, December 12, 2013 in the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis’ main kitchen and ballroom at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event benefit Indiana Children’s Wish Fund and will help grant special Christmas wishes for Indiana Wish children. Presenting sponsor is Wallington Asset Management, LLC. Other sponsors are Weaver Popcorn, Lumina Foundation, Indianapolis Monthly and Mary Fursott Charitable Foundation.

Guests will enjoy a wide assortment of delicious appetizers, entrees, desserts, famous “Polar Bear” drinks, wine and spirits. All of the cul...

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Posted: Jun 05, 2013

Press Release: Third Annual “Pulling for Wishes” Airplane Pull Saturday, April 27, 2013

Event to Benefit Indiana Children’s Wish Fund In honor of Tyler Frenzel, Wish Child

Ready, set, PULL! Want to experience a unique game of tug-of-war against an unlikely opponent…an airplane, and support a local wish-granting organization at the same time? Now is your chance to become involved at the third annual Airplane Pull presented by Republic Airways Holdings Inc. on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Indianapolis International Airport benefiting Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. Join the excitement from 9 a.m. until noon outside the Republic Airways hangar and enjoy food, music, and fun games of tug-of-war between teams and a twin engine jet!

Think that you personally have what it takes to take on the metal giant? Create your own tug-of-war team, either corporate or individual, by simply finding ten people (three of which must be female) to participate. E...

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Posted: May 01, 2013

Press Release: Fifth Annual Carolyn Symmes Celebrity Softball Challenge - Thursday, June 13th

Event to Benefit Indiana Children’s Wish Fund CO-HOSTED BY ROY HIBBERT & ROBERT MATHIS - In Memory of Caroline Symmes

Every Child has the right to be loved, nurtured and to reach for a dream…

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLPARK! Are you looking for GREAT Family Fun at an affordable price and at the same time, want to support a local wish-granting group? Join the excitement on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Victory Field for the fifth annual Caroline Symmes Celebrity Softball Challenge, benefiting Indiana Children's Wish Fund and presented by The Tony Stewart Foundation. This event is in memory of Wish Child, Caroline Symmes. Fans have the opportunity to witness their favorite hometown Superstars battle it out in a 7-inning celebrity softball game. Players include the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers, mascots, media personalities and other spo...

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Posted: Jun 11, 2012

Roy Hibbert co-Hosts Annual Softball Event to Benefit Indiana Children’s Wish Fund

June 7, 2012 - pacers.com

Pacers center Roy Hibbert holds an autographed Robert Mathis jersey at the Caroline Symmes Memorial Celebrity Softball Challenge

Pacers center Roy Hibbert and Colts All-Pro Robert Mathis co-hosted The Caroline Symmes Celebrity Softball game at Victory Field Thursday night. The game featured Pacers and Fever players and personalities to benefit the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund.

Hibbert's team fell 1-0 to the blue team, led by Mathis. Mathis, who pitched and only allowed 1 hit, was crowned the MVP of the game.

See Images from the 2012 Caroline Symmes Memorial Celebrity Softball Challenge Photo Gallery 1 | Photo Gallery 2 | Photo Gallery 3

Pacers personalities George Hill, Dahntay Jones, A.J. Price, Darnell Hillman and Frank Vogel join...

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Posted: Apr 26, 2012

A new program called “Wings of Hope” from Farm Bureau to benefit several organizations

Farm Bureau and their family of employees and agents began a program called “Wings of Hope” that benefits not only Indiana Children’s Wish Fund but Camp Riley and the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana. Farm Bureau wanted a grassroots program that belonged to them and tied them together as a family. They made all of this possible with moral, technical and legal support as well as generous donations. The Farm Bureau family does this in honor and memory of the Farm Bureau family members they have lost or who have been afflicted in some other way.

At the end of each year, 100% of all contributions are split between their three charities. As one of their charities we have been blessed to receive $104,000. All of these funds have gone to grant the wishes of our wonderful wish children.

There are not enough words to express the love and gratitude we feel for our Farm B...

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Posted: Apr 12, 2012

Talk of Our Town: Airplane Pull to honor Carmel boy

FROM THE INDYSTAR.COM - Talk of the Town
Written by Cathy Kightlinger

The Indiana Children's Wish Fund's second annual Airplane Pull -- when teams of 10 try to pull a twin-engine jet 15 feet as fast as possible -- is dedicated to the memory of a 9-year-old Carmel boy with leukemia who died in 2004.

Teams consisting of Tyler Frenzel's family and friends, as well as a few local celebrities, are participating in the April 28 event.

The airplane tug-of-war will be held at Republic Airways' hangar at Indianapolis International Airport from 9 a.m. until noon. Admission is free to spectators, though teams of 10 pay $500 each to participate.

Proceeds benefit the Wish Fund, which grants the requests of children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses. The fund sent Tyler to Disney World.

Prizes will be awarded for the team with the fastest pull time, the team that raises the ...

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Posted: Apr 11, 2012

Save the Date! - Join The Porsche Club for an event benefitting the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund!

Please join the Central Indiana Porsche club on August 18th for an extremely worthwhile philanthropic event. The CIR has teamed up with the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. The 27 year old CWF grants wishes to children that must grow up quickly. By having fun with our mutual love for cars, you can make a very positive change in an unfortunate child’s life.

It takes place at scenic Rick’s Boatyard near I-465 just off of 38th street. We have a car corral and are inviting other clubs to display their own cars. With your ticket purchase, you can also choose to contribute more. For this you will eat at Rick’s with a cash bar, a chance at door prizes and a chance to look at some of the fastest and most attractive cars in the world. We have reserved the most photographic parking spaces in an already scenic site for pictures.

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Posted: Mar 31, 2012

Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert visits with 7 wish children

Roy Hibbert, center for the Indiana Pacers, takes a moment to have his picture taken with seven wish children on the Bankers Life basketball court at the March 23rd Pacers vs. Phoenix Suns game. Roy has invited our wish children to join him for 4 different games this Spring, including the Cleveland, Minnesota & Detroit games. The kids have enjoyed autographs from Roy and his teammates, along with watching the pregame shoot around, the ability to shoot a few hoops themselves on the court, dinner and great seats to the games. Indiana Children’s Wish Fund thanks Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers for making this opportunity possible for our kids! Roy, along with Robert Mathis, Defensive End for the Indianapolis Colts, hosts the 4th annual Caroline Symmes Memorial Celebrity Softball Challenge benefitting ICWF on Thursday, June 7th at Victory Field.

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Posted: Mar 26, 2012

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for a chance to win a Roundtrip Chartered Flight to New York

RAFFLE PRIZE DETAILS:

  • Private chartered aircraft for roundtrip travel from Indianapolis to New York City
  • Accommodates up to 35 total passengers for up to 2 days (lodging not included)
  • Charter must be completed by 08/31/12 unless otherwise agreed to by sponsor
  • Winning ticket will be drawn at “Pulling for Wishes” event between 11:00 AM — 1:00 PM

RAFFLE TICKETS:

  • 1 Ticket for $25.00
  • 5 Tickets for $100.00

HOW TO PURCHASE

Please call the Wish Office at 317-913-9474 for more information on how to purchase tickets!

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012

Save the Date!! Please join us for the Celebrity Softball Challenge

Please join us on Thursday, June 7th, 2012 for our fourth annual Caroline Symmes Memorial Celebrity Softball Challenge taking place at Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians.

Last year’s event was a huge success with over 40 celebrities in attendance. Celebrities included Co-hosts Roy Hibbert & Robert Mathis, Peyton Manning, Danny Granger, Miss Indiana and Jeff Foster, to name a few.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 1st on www.indyindians.com.

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012

Reminder: Pulling for Wishes Airplane Pull is quickly approaching!

Registration forms are due Friday, March 30th with team payment due on Friday, April 20th!

Ready, Set, Pull!! Are you strong enough to take on the metal giant??!

Book your team of ten (min. 3 women) to pull a twin-engine jet 15 feet as fast as you can!! Enjoy upbeat music by a local DJ, great prizes, raffle, Mascots, children’s activities including a Bounce House provided by Kidz Luv Us Party Rentals and fun finger foods! Event takes place at the Republic Airways Holdings Hangar on Saturday, April 28th.

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Posted: Mar 09, 2012

Pull, Pull, Pulling for Wishes

A crowd of over 400 people were on hand to watch 30 teams compete at the First Annual Republic Airlines/Frontier Airways “Pulling for Wishes” airplane pull. Everything from male ballerinas to divas to pieces of luggage to gladiator warriors were dressed in their finest, competing for best garb, fastest pull, and raising the most money. Bounce houses, face painting and characters including Mickey, Minnie,Dora, the Indianapolis Indians mascot Rowdy, Indianapolis Zoo animal mascots and our very own Sunny the Sunflower were part of the entertainment for all the kids and kids at heart. Dunkin Donuts provided coffee and donuts for everyone and Coca Cola donated water and soft drinks. The amount of money raised by the winning team, International Traveler Luggage, sponsored by International Traveler/Landor and Hawa, was $20,000.

The best costume award went to the gladiators from the movie &ldq...

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Posted: Sep 30, 2011

2nd Annual A Wish From Paradise Grants Corbin's Wish to Disney World

The PHINdy Parrot Head Club of Indianapolis, a non-for-profit organization and an official Jimmy Buffett fan club, held the second annual “A Wish From Paradise” event on September 30th at Jimmy Buffett’s Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant. About 150 guests enjoyed live music, appetizers and cocktails, along with a silent and live auction while raising money for one of our wish children. The highlight of the live auction was an authentic autographed Jimmy Buffett photo that sold to a huge Jimmy Buffett fan. Other auction items included a Danny Granger autographed jersey, Neon signs and various Jimmy Buffett paraphernalia.

“A Wish From Paradise” raised $6,500.00 and granted Corbin Shelley’s wish to visit Disney World. Corbin, age 3, who lives in Indianapolis, suffers from Ewing’s Sarcoma (Cancer). The Shelley family came out to enjoy the end of summer fest...

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Posted: Aug 17, 2010

The Wish Walk w/ Pacers' Radio Man, Mark Boyle

On August 17th 2010, Indiana Pacers Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Mark Boyle began a 500 mile walk around Indiana to raise money for Indiana Children’s Wish Fund.

“The Wish Walk” kicked off downtown Indianapolis on Monument Circle with Wish Fund families and special guests to send Mark on his way to begin his fundraising journey. Tip-off festivities included an appearance by Mayor Ballard, Boomer and the Pacemates, a brief ceremony and give-away prizes. A colorful balloon release officially marked the beginning of Mark’s journey which started in Fort Wayne and concluded in Indianapolis with Boyle making a grand entrance at the Pacers Foundation Golf Outing at Brickyard Crossing on September 21st. Fans were able to follow Mark’s walk, as well as make donations to benefit Indiana Children’s Wish Fund at www.TheWishWalk.com.

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Posted: Aug 01, 2010

I'm Going to Saks For My Favorite Charity: Indiana Children's Wish Fund

Saks Fifth Avenue Indianapolis gave shoppers a chance to give back to Indiana Children’s Wish Fund through a special 3 month program titled “I’m Going to Saks…For My Favorite Charity”. From August 1st through October 31st, 2010 shoppers using their Saks credit card were able to have 10% of their purchase donated to ICWF. Over the 3-month interval, Indiana Children’s Wish Fund received $20,000 from Saks Fifth Avenue.

“We want the people who shop with us to not only look their best when they leave our store, but more importantly, feel their best,” says Saks Fifth Avenue Indianapolis General Manager Garry Navarre. “This program was designed to do just that for both our loyal and new clients, whose generosity continues to be an inspiration to our store and the community.”

The Saks promotion began with a kick-off party in early August ...

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Posted: Mar 12, 2010

Kids Helping Kids 2010

Woodbrook Elementary school’s entire 4th grade participated in a charity activity this year called “Future Tycoons” where they created, produced, advertised and sold greeting cards. Every year the 4th grade students decide on a charity in which to donate funds and Indiana Children’s Wish Fund was chosen as the charity of choice for 2010! These 4th grade students were able to raise $1,400.00 to help grant a wish. These students take great pride in their company and were all able to make their own greeting cards, which included Thank You cards, Happy Birthday cards and Get Well Soon cards. The lessons are run by the students themselves, along with a little help from teachers. Not only did we receive the proceeds, but were also sent many of the cards for the Wish Fund to use in the future!

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Posted: Nov 02, 2009

Reggie Wayne hosts Wishing on Stars 2009

True to form, Reggie Wayne, star Wide Receiver for the Indianapolis Colts, captivated the audience…but this time to raise money for Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. For the third year, Reggie Wayne hosted Wishing on Stars, a celebrity serve, on November 2nd 2009 at Mo’s A Place for Steaks downtown Indianapolis. He was joined by teammates, Indiana Pacers and other local celebrities to raise money by doing just about anything in the name of charity. Celebrity appearances included Gary Brackett, Dallas Clark, Robert Mathis, Joseph Addai, Antoine Bethea and Pierre Garcon to name a few Colts plus Danny Granger, Mike Dunleavy, Roy Hibbert and Dahntay Jones of the Indiana Pacers. Tully Bevilaqua from the Indiana Fever and Luke Menard of American Idol, along with other local celebrities and former basketball stars rounded out the celebrity list.

The evening began with a cocktail reception, fo...

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Posted: Mar 29, 2009

Celebrating 25 Years and 2000 Wishes Granted

INDIANA CHILDREN’S WISH FUND CELEBRATES 25 YEARS & 2,000 WISHES GRANTED TO INDIANA CHILDREN At GAME WORKS & INDIANA PACERS GAME ON MARCH 29th

Current & Former Wish Children Honored at March 29th Celebration

Indiana Children’s Wish Fund celebrated its 25th Year Anniversary and the granting of its 2,000th wish by honoring over 100 Wish Fund children and their families on March 29th, 2009 at Game Works, located in Circle Centre Mall. Fun, festivities, a cake-cutting ceremony and special surprises were in store for these Wish children. Immediately following the festivities at Game Works, Wish children and their families were treated to the Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards basketball game, at Conseco Field house, thanks to the Indiana Pacers and their donation of tickets. This milestone captured the ICWF family: wish children, their families, staff, board of dire...

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Posted: Aug 04, 2007

A Wish Filled Day with the Indianapolis Colts

A Huge Thank you to Grange Insurance and Indianapolis Colts

There were plenty of smiles on the faces of seventeen Indiana Children’s Wish Fund children as they were treated to a special day at Rose Hulman’s Colts training camp on Saturday, August 4, 2007. “A Wish-Filled Day With The Colts”, a bus trip sponsored by Grange Insurance, included a fun-filled day with Wish children meeting Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl champions, getting autographs and having their pictures taken with players and Coach Dungy.

Wish Fund children and parents, along with Grange Insurance employees, arrived at the ICWF office at 7:00 a.m. to kick off an exciting day at Colts training camp. Everyone enjoyed breakfast, received ‘A Wish-filled Day with the Colts’ t-shirt, along with Colts banners and a goody bag to take with them to camp. Once aboard, everyone watc...

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