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Young Professionals Group

Led by Melissa Wolchansky and Cassie Benowitz, the Make-A-Wish Young Professionals committee has been able to make an impact on one wish family and likely more. Through two special events, the YP Group has raised enough dollars to fund Jandy’s wish. Jandy is a seven year old battling leukemia and along with her family was able to have her wish come true in July.

It started in March with the Make-A-Wish March Madness event where people pledged their support of Make-A-Wish by filling out a NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket. Participant’s pledged $25 per entry to have a little fun and compete for bragging rights and a few donated prizes. In August, the YP Group hosted a Happy Hour at Stella’s Fish Café and Prestige Oyster Bar. It was a fun evening in the heart of Uptown where participants enjoyed food and beverages sponsored by JJ Taylor Distributing.

While Melissa and Cassie have informally led this group for the past several years, this year they joined forces with Make-A-Wish staff and others to form a more formal committee. The group is just getting started and looks to have a more significant impact in 2015. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Brian Schweitzer at 612-767-2751 or

Get Your Company Involved

Philanthropists are a key part of helping grant wishes to children with critical illnesses. We always welcome the opportunity to develop new corporate partnerships. To learn more about how you can become a partner, contact:

Mia Broos Hoagberg
President & CEO
(612) 767-2753
Make-A-Wish® Minnesota
1919 University Ave W
Suite 415
St. Paul, MN 55104
(612) 767-9474