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Volunteer Wins Award



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Lisa Gleeson, Communications Mgr.
(207) 221.2306


PALMYRA, ME – January 1, 2013 - Make-A-Wish® Maine has awarded Palmyra resident Florence McWilliams with their Mike Williams Award.

Florence McWilliams wins Volunteer AwardThis annual award is bestowed upon a volunteer who has given at least 300 hours of time or who has served as a “Wish Granter” for at least 15 wishes.

Florence has been a volunteer “Wish Granter” for five years and has worked on sixteen wishes.

“She always replies to our pleas for support with an enthusiastic “Yes!” to every wish child, even if that child lives as much as an hour away from her home,” said Eileen Chretien, Volunteer Director at Make-A-Wish Maine. “We are incredibly lucky to have Florence to call upon, and we know that when she is on a wish, our Maine kids in her care will delight in this fairy godmother!”





Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Maine Chapter of Make-A-Wish opened in 1992. As of Sept. 2012, we have granted over 1080 wishes. This coming year, the organization expects to grant the greatest wish of over 75 seriously ill Maine children, which is an average of one wish every five days. The average cost of a wish is $6,000. All money raised in Maine stays in Maine. Of the money donated, 77% goes towards program expenses (granting wishes), which is 12% more than the minimum required of non-profits by the Better Business Bureau. All wish expenses are fully covered by Make-A-Wish. Make-A-Wish Maine is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and all contributions are tax deductible. The Maine chapter has over 200 volunteers statewide, and a staff of six. Our office is located at 477 Congress Street, Suite M1, in Portland. For more information about Make-A-Wish Maine, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.

Jan 16, 2013

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