Make-A-Wish Arizona celebrated the
grand opening of its new home,
The Parsons Wish House, on April 29.
The event was held on the 35th
anniversary of the very first wish,
Chris Greicius’ wish to be a police
Wish Kid Tiffany and her grandfather John talk with Bob Parsons at the grand opening celebration.
The new property will enable the organization to expand its wish-granting capacity to eventually grant the wish of every eligible child in Arizona.
The Parsons Wish House was made possible by a $2.8 million gift from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. The Parsons are active donors with Make-A-Wish Arizona, having pledged more than $6.3 million to the organization over the last two years. Renee Parsons also volunteers her time to the organization as a member of the board of directors and as a co-chair for the annual Wish Ball.
“We deal in hope”
“Our slogan for The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is simple – we deal in hope,” Bob Parsons said during the opening celebration. “Make-A-Wish gives someone in a tough situation something to hope for, something to live for, something to get by for.”
Located near Thomas and Hayden Roads in Scottsdale, The Parsons Wish House will serve the entire state of Arizona. It is estimated that 540 children are diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions every year in the state, making them eligible for a wish. Currently, children are referred to Make-A-Wish Arizona at a rate of approximately 400 per year.
“The Parsons Wish House will enable our chapter to work toward our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child in Arizona,” said Elizabeth Reich, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona. “We are proud to be the founding chapter of Make-A-Wish, and this new home celebrates not only our future, but our history.”
Make-A-Wish Arizona relies entirely on donors, both individual and corporate, to support their mission of granting the wishes of Arizona children with life-threatening medical conditions.
“When a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, their entire family is sent into a tailspin – challenged in ways most of us can’t imagine,” Renee Parsons said. “The new Wish House will be a beacon of hope for these families, and every wish granted a chance to inspire strength and joy.”
(left) Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, is also the chairman of the board for Make-A-Wish Arizona. He and the board have been instrumental in helping the chapter grant more wishes each year.
(right) Bob and Renee Parsons with Linda Pauling, mother of Chris Greicius (in relief on the wall) and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. Chris was the wish that inspired the creation of the Make-A-Wish organization.
(left) Wish Kid Kyle, 6, and his sister Jenna check out the toy closet at The Parsons Wish House. The toy closet is used by volunteers for their first meeting with wish kids.
(right) Col. Frank Milstead of the Arizona Department of Public Safety; Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane; Renee Parsons; Derrick Hall; Elizabeth Reich, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona; and Bob Parsons after cutting the ribbon to open The Parsons Wish House.