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Stewart Rahr makes biggest individual gift in Make-A-Wish® history

Stewart with Wish Alum Kelly and Gillian

Stewart Rahr makes biggest individual gift in Make-A-Wish history!

$10 million gift to have nationwide impact.

NEW YORK – Stewart Rahr, one of New York’s most generous philanthropists, made history on Monday by giving Make-A-Wish® $10 million, the largest individual gift in its history. The gift was made in celebration of its Metro New York and Western New York chapter’s 30th anniversary, and the granting of its 10,000th wish in Metro New York.

The landmark contribution will be used to help Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York achieve its new goal of granting 10,000 wishes in the next 10 years to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Rahr, already one of the most generous wish-granting donors in Make-A-Wish history whose contributions stretch over the past 15 years, announced at a Make-A-Wish chapter board meeting on Monday night that he will contribute the lead gift to the Make-A-Wish chapter’s “10 in 10” campaign, aimed at raising resources to grant 10,000 wishes, off to a strong start.

The chapter currently reaches 700 qualified children per year.

“This changes everything. Over the past 15 years, Stewart has made a difference for countless children and families and created lifelong impact for them all. This gift is an opportunity to change the course of this organization’s future,” said Patricia Clemency, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York.

“We always knew we could achieve this goal, but to start our ’10 for 10’ campaign with fully 10 percent of the resources needed to reach those kids is cause for big celebration,” Clemency said. “We owe it all to Stewart.”

“Stewart loves our wish kids and he sees how the wish-granting experience has the power to make their lives better,” Clemency said. “It heals their spirits while doctors work to heal their bodies. Each wish changes the life of the child who makes it. Stewart will be changing a lot of young lives with this extraordinary act of generosity.”

The gift will have impact well beyond New York City. Ten percent of the funding will be shared with the Wish Fulfillment Fund at the organization’s national office, Make-A-Wish America. That special fund is dedicated solely to helping chapters across the United States grant wishes when they need financial assistance.

“No individual donation has ever had such coast-to-coast impact,” said David Williams, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “This will help so many wish kids in New York City and beyond – children and families he will likely never get to meet. His example is philanthropy at its finest.”

Jan 17, 2013

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