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Real Estate Division Of Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Raises $40,000 To Help Grant Wishes To Local Children


May 12, 2016

Los Angeles, CA, May 11, 2016 – Last night more than 60 high-profile real estate executives from across Los Angeles raised more than $40,000 for Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles to help grant wishes to local children.

The Poker and Mezcal Tasting event was hosted by the chapter’s Real Estate Division, whose goal is to network, conduct business and raise money for Make-A-Wish. The event was held at Baltaire, and the Mezcal Tasting was provided by Silencio.

The evening’s special guests were wish kid Hayden and his family. Hayden’s father, Thomas, inspired the group by sharing the story of Hayden’s battle with leukemia. During a most difficult time in his treatment, Hayden was granted his wish to be a train conductor and airline pilot. After the wish, he continued his treatment and now, six years later, Hayden is in full remission.

Hayden’s family attributes his turnaround in large part to the joy of his experience with Make-A-Wish. Commenting on the event’s success, Neal Aton, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles said, “Our Real Estate Division leaders have proven time and again that doing well and doing good are two sides of the same coin – and can also include having fun. They are role models for all those looking to enrich their professional lives with a greater sense of purpose and meaning. Their continued fundraising efforts will help us get closer to our goal of granting the wish of every eligible child in Los Angeles.”

The Poker and Mezcal Tasting event

The Make-A-Wish Real Estate Division was established in 2013 and has grown to include a data base of more than 200 executives. Its leadership includes Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Board members: Jason Keller, Managing Director, Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.; Paul Fuhrman, Principal, Colony Capital LLC; and Sam Bakhshandehpour, President & Managing Partner, Silverstone Capital Management. Also on the leadership committee are Jesse Sharf, Partner, Gibson Dunn and Co-Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department; and Kev Zoryan, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley and Head of Real Estate Investing for the Western.

Since its formation, the Real Estate Division has hosted 10 events, ranging from poker tournaments and wine tastings to networking dinners and speaker forums. For the past two years, the group has also contributed significantly to the Make-A-Wish Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala. Overall, the Real Estate Division has raised more than $2 million to date for Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles.

About Make-A-Wish®

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories.

With the help of generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than 270,000 wishes in the U.S. since its inception in 1980.

Since its founding in 1983, the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles chapter has granted more than 9,000 wishes to children living in the communities throughout Los Angeles County.

Annually in Los Angeles, the chapter grants about 350 wishes of the more than 900 children are diagnosed who qualify for a wish.

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