I want to have my event benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles. Can I do that?
The first step towards determining the answer to this question is for you to complete, initial, sign and fax the Special Event License Agreement and letter to Taylor Kalman, External Events Coordinator at 310-785-9474. Your application will be processed and Taylor will let you know if your event is good to go! We are thrilled to approve most events, but we do need this important document before we can say yes.
What kinds of events do people hold?
Companies and groups hold all sorts of events from golf tournaments to book launch parties to bowling tournaments and everything in between. There is no minimum required to hold a fundraiser, but in order to use our logo on any publicity materials we do require a guaranteed minimum donation of $5,000.
Where does the money raised at my event go?
Money raised at your event goes toward granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions here in Los Angeles County. If your event raises more than $7,500, your money can go to sponsoring a specific child's wish! To learn more about Adopt-A-Wish, contact Taylor Kalman at 310-788-9474.
I want to publicize this event on television. Is that ok?
All publicity materials (posters, invitations, email announcements, press releases, etc) need to be approved by Make-A-Wish prior to print and distribution. We like to think of it as "free editing" to ensure that you include all of the correct information about the Make-A-Wish. Secondly, all publicity must remain within Los Angeles County. This is due to the fact that we have 61 Make-A-Wish chapters throughout the United States and we do not want to impede on the territories of other chapters, thus detracting from their fundraising abilities. Therefore, all publicity that may trickle outside of Los Angeles County must be approved by our office in advance.
Can Make-A-Wish help me get celebrities to attend my event?
Our number one priority for celebrities is for them to donate their valuable time to make our children's wishes come true. While we want to support your efforts in every way possible, due to the number and frequency of organizations requesting a celebrity presence for their fundraising events nationwide, we need to limit the use of our name for celebrity event outreach. If you would understandably like to invite your personal celebrity contacts and supporters to attend your event, we simply ask that our name or marks not be used in conjunction with any type of formal ask, appearance request or solicitation. Securing permission to use our name for these type of requests requires additional approvals from our national office which often takes several weeks to secure and is highly restricted to events featuring the structure needed to guarantee that they will raise a significant level of funds for the reasons stated above.