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Words of Wishdom: A Blog

Dec 01, 2014

Annual Awards

Each year we acknowledge a few of our dedicated and inspiring volunteers and donors. We’re pleased to announce these 2014 award recipients.
Mike Williams Society
Recognition  of volunteers  who have given at least 300 hours of time or granted 15 or more wishes.


Stephanie Collins

Stephanie has worked on 25 wishes since 2009. Pro- gram Director Kate Vickery says, “she is 100% in touch with our  mission, creating unique surprises  for wish kids along the wish journey.” From creative delivery of the wish proclamation to ingenious wish reveals, Stephanie is a model Wish Granter. Thank you, Stephanie, for being one of our “go-to” Wish Granters.

Miranda Sepulveda
Miranda has granted 15 wishes since 2008,  men- tors  new  volunteers, and supports Walk for Wishes. She focuses  on the whole wish experience,  always coming up with creative ways to enhance the wish and engage the larger community. Wish kids can always count on a wish journey that is simply amazing. Miranda, you’re a shining star for our community!

Meredith Leiter
Meredith has been a passionate MAW advocate, donor, and fundraiser for 20  years. She’s co-chaired several Fantasy Auctions, leading committees that collectively raised over half a million dollars. Meredith also led the ‘OB Wish Team’ from Pen Bay Medical  Center to adopt a wish through their participation in Walk for Wishes. Now serving her 8th year on our Board of Directors, Meredith’s passion and action for our cause and the children of Maine are an inspiration to all who know her.

Brendan Batson Award
Recognition of youth who give their time and energy to support Make-A-Wish Maine.

Brooke Steele
Brooke’s brother was granted his wish years ago.  Since then, she’s dedicated herself to giving back. The Week of Wishes  she organized in her school system has raised thousands for MAW. Brooke, your commitment to giving back makes you an inspiration!

Community Spirit Award
Recognition  of those making significant, long-standing contributions to our cause.

Ring Family Farm
Danny Ring and his farm are long-time Make-A-Wish supporters. Fundraisers,  including family farm day in October and sleigh rides in February, have raised $30,000 and qualified him as an Adopt-A-Wish sponsor. “They’re  incredibly commit- ted to helping grant wishes; his family-friendly events are fun and effective,” says Development Manager Rebecca Leaming.

Cianbro/Irby
What began as a bottle drive last year has turned into a safety-driven fundraising campaign resulting in funds to  adopt  five  wishes since inception. “Shawna, whose niece is a Wish Kid, is an outstanding Make-A-Wish champion. She spear- headed the program and motivates co-workers  by encouraging them to use safe workplace  habits,” says Rebecca Leaming.

We give our sincere thanks to all of the award recipients this year who make it possible to grant wishes in Maine!

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Written by Donor Care Manager Meredith Jones, this is a blog about the ins and outs of what it takes to grant magical wishes at Make-A-Wish Maine.

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