Nov 02 2006

MARIAH TO RECEIVE HONOR AT MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF GREATER LOS ANGELES' 7TH ANNUAL WISH NIGHT GALA

< > The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles will host its 7th annual Wish Night Awards Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Friday, November 17, 2006. The star-studded event will honor celebrities and companies who have supported the organization's mission to brighten the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions in Los Angeles County by fulfilling their one most heartfelt wish.

The honorees for Wish Night 2006 are: performer, songwriter, and the top-selling female artist in history, Mariah Carey, who will receive the inaugural Wish Icon Award; acclaimed producer, director and actress Penny Marshall, and Emmy Award®-winning actor Eric McCormack, who will each receive the Celebrity Wish Granter Award; Paul Rusnak of RUSNAK Auto Group who will receive the Individual Wish Granter Award; and RTKL Associates, Inc. and Turner Construction Company, which will each receive the Corporate Wish Granter Award. Musician, singer and songwriter Jake Coco will provide entertainment for the evening.

We are delighted to have the opportunity to recognize such prominent members of our community for their involvement in supporting wish fulfillment for children and their families. It is particularly exciting to honor Mariah Carey with the Wish Icon award for her extraordinary generosity and her many wish granting achievements throughout her career, said Kelli Seely, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles. Together, those we are honoring tonight have brightened the lives of many children and the family members who love them.

In addition to her multi-award winning career as a performer and songwriter, Carey has also been a committed volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She has personally granted dozens of wishes for children from across the country. Many children have taken Carey's place at music awards shows, thanks to her generosity. Carey also donates to help grant performing arts/music wishes; she has donated in the six figures to fund more than 20 wishes. The pop legend was also willing to take the stage for the Foundation when it celebrated its 25th anniversary.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles Established in 1983, the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children throughout Los Angeles County who are battling life-threatening medical conditions. Working out of an office in West Los Angeles, the chapter has granted over 5,800 wishes to children countywide. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles go to www.wishla.org.

For further information on the purchase of tickets, tables or sponsorships for Wish Night go to www.wishnight06.kintera.org or call 310-788-9474
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