Last year, Hyatt’s Swing for Wishes event “teed off” as the largest external event for Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area. The five collective hotels* raised over $90,000 at the 2012 golf tournament and have a combined contribution of $250,000 over the last six years.
This year, Hyatt hotels of the Bay Area are hoping to surpass last year’s record fundraising achievements. Hyatt Regency San Francisco General Manager David Lewin comments,“ Make-A-Wish is a long-term partner for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. We value the many dreams that they have helped make come true for over 6,000 children with life-threatening medical conditions.” Lewin continues, “If Hyatt can help make wishes come true, we are happy to contribute our resources to do so.”
The 7th Annual Bay Area Swing for Wishes Golf Tournament benefiting the Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area Chapter will be held on Monday, October 7, 2013. Registration and breakfast begin at 10:00am followed by a shotgun start at Noon and ending with reception, dinner and live auction to follow at 5:00 p.m. The tournament will take place at the Lake Merced Country Club in Daly City. For more information about this particular event, visit http://www.bayareaswingforwishes.com.
According to Micaela Burke, External Event Manager for Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area Chapter, “The Bay Area Hyatt hotels not only raise significant funds for our chapter, but they also contribute as in-kind donors for our internal fundraising auctions, which help us raise thousands of dollars each year.”
The Bay Area Hyatt hotels also play a huge role in hosting many of the wishes of kids coming from out of town and staying in the Bay Area to make their wish come true.
According to Make-A-Wish program staff member Lisa Carrozzi “The Bay Area Hyatt hotels fall nothing short of spectacular in their assistance to wishes coming from other chapters. Not only do they continue to provide discounted rooms, which allow our wish dollars to go further, but they do so with great flexibility. As the nature of what we do tends to involve last minute changes, Hyatt Hotels work with us to accommodate families and their travel needs. Hyatt is quick to respond to communication from us and provides us with rooms for our families during the high season—which, in San Francisco, is saying a lot.” Lisa continues, “Every employee that I have worked with from Hyatt has been extremely helpful, obliging and most importantly, excited for our wish kids. With that being said, Hyatt goes the extra mile to provide amenities that are specific to a wish child’s likes and favorites and that really makes their wish truly special. It is because of Hyatt that we are able to focus on the details of each and every child’s wish and give them something to remember for a lifetime.”
*Participating Bay Area Hyatt Hotels include:
Hyatt Regency San Francisco; Grand Hyatt San Francisco; Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport; and Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf.
About Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area:
Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In 2012 Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area embarked on 28 years of fulfilling magical wishes. During its first year of operation, in 1984, the chapter granted 27 wishes. Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, the Greater Bay Area grants over 300 wishes per year and has granted over 6,000 wishes to date. The chapter covers 17 Northern California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Marin, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Siskiyou, Solano and Sonoma. The goal of Make-A-Wish is to grant a wish to every eligible child in its territory. Anyone can suggest a child for a wish. For information or to refer a child for a wish, please call 415-982-9474 or visit http://www.SF.Wish.org.