text by Hollie Costello   photos courtesy of Make-A-Wish® Arizona

Above top, back row: Bob and Renee Parsons with Wish Kids Imani, Piper and Kwincy. Top, front row; Wish Kids Hunger, Isaiah, Lark and Isabel. Bottom: Guests participate in the live auction.


Make-A-Wish® Arizona is pleased to announce that the 2019 Make-A-Wish Arizona Wish Ball, presented by Phusion Projects, raised more than $3 million in a single night. The funds will help grant more than 300 future wishes to Arizona children with critical illnesses.

Stephanie Linnenkamp and Amy Walters co-chaired this year’s sold-out event. Themed Wishes in Bloom, the Ball was attended by more than 1,000 supporters. Corporate sponsors included Title Sponsor Phusion Projects; Superstar Sponsors Harley Davidson of Scottsdale/The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, Discover and Grimaldi’s. With their support, 100-percent of the dollars raised will be used to grant wishes to Arizona wish kids.

Above, top left: Amy Walters and Stephanie Linnenkamp with Wish Kids Hunter Halvorson and Isaiah Astoroga. Top right: Wish Kid Kwincy Lassiter with his mother Erica. BottomThe Grimaldi Family.


“This event continues to amaze us every year, with the generosity of our sponsors and guests,” said Elizabeth Reich, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona. “It is our vision to reach every eligible child in Arizona and provide them with wish experiences that can transform their lives. Events like our Wish Ball prove that others are invested in our vision as well.”

At this year’s Wish Ball, six live auction items raised more than $500,000 and the Fund-A-Wish auction collected more than $800,000 before long-time supporters Bob and Renee Parsons pledged a special $1 million donation 

“Renee and I know that there is nothing more powerful than a wish,” said Bob Parsons. “It gives hope. It provides healing, love and excitement. For all those reasons, Renee and I are proud to make a Fund-A-Wish donation of $1 million dollars

All in attendance gave Bob and Renee a standing ovation for their generosity in helping to fund more than 300 future Arizona wishes. 

Above top: Left to right; Dena Zell, Mary Holman, Gayle Holland, Catherine Anaya, Pat Bondurant, Bea Rocklin, Lea Woodford, Shannon Thorpe, Julie Jeffrey, Katee Lauchner and Debbie Gaby. Botton  left: Adam and Nichole Stine. Bottom right: Bob Duffy and Susan Whitaker.

“The theme, Wishes in Bloom, was on point considering how many of our wish kids truly blossom post-wish experience,” said Reich. “We are so proud to be able to share our wish kids, their stories, and their families with our Wish Ball guests. And we are so grateful our attendees believe in our mission and want to see it continue and grow.”

Make-A-Wish® Arizona is the founding chapter of Make-A-Wish®, the world’s largest wish granting organization which grants life-changing wishes for kids with critical illnesses. With the help of generous donors, Make-A-Wish Arizona has a goal to grant more than 400 wishes this year. For more information, visit