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Our Chapter

About Us

Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because every child deserves a childhood. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness.

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the wish that inspired the founding of the organization in 1980, paving the way for the creation of Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada in 1996. Since our chapter’s founding, more than 2,300 wishes have been granted for children in Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, and Nye counties, and dozens of children from other states have traveled to Las Vegas for their wish come true.

Together with generous donors, supporters, staff, and more than 30,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada and 58 other chapters throughout the U.S. have granted more than 340,000 wishes nationwide. 

Our People


Ari Medecki

Vice President of Project Management

My Wish
"I wish to have an animal sanctuary."

Our Board

Heather Harris - Southern Nevada

Heather Harris


Harris & Harris Lawyers | Wish Mom
Keith Hansen - Southern Nevada

Keith Hansen

Vice Chair

Allegiant Air
Jodie Sacco

Jodie Sacco


ActionCoach Las Vegas Firms
Richard Justiana - Southern Nevada

Richard Justiana


Nevada State Bank
Jon Wolfe

Jon Wolfe

Past Chair

House Advantage, LLC
Tom Burns - Southern Nevada

Tom Burns


Cragin & Pike

Our Medical Advisory Committee

Dr. Waseem Alhushki - Southern Nevada

Dr. Waseem Alhushki

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation
Dr. Beth Creel

Dr. Beth Creel

Children’s Heart Center
Dr. Rutu Ezhuthachan

Dr. Rutu Ezhuthachan

UnitedHealth Group Svs Inc

The Wishing Place

In early 2017, Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada moved into its new home on the Allegiant Campus. The Wishing Place is a labor of love and exemplifies the transformational power when community partners unite.  

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Media Center

See local media coverage, background information, and stories about Make-A-Wish and connect with our Communications team. 

Media Requests

Fill out this short form and our Communications team will respond as soon as possible or click here to access our media kit with background information about Make-A-Wish, our history, accomplishments, creative assets, and more. 

Interview with wish kid Emma

In the News

News coverage, newspaper and magazine articles, and other media often tell stories about wishes. 

Kim and Dana Wagner from News 3 LV

Make-A-Wish Monday

Every Monday morning on News 3 LV, long-time supporters Kim & Dana Wagner share the power of a wish.

Walk for Wishes SNV Princesses

Wish Blog

The Wish Blog gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the people and partnerships that make wishes come true locally.

Managing Our Funds

Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada finances endeavors through corporate sponsorships, special events, foundation grants, and individual contributions. However, we do not solicit funds by telephone and receive no federal or state funding. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, all contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our financial statements are audited locally by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. 

For full financial details please review our most recent FY21 Audited Financial Statements, our latest 990, or the FY21 Annual Report. You can also click here to view archived financial statements.

For questions about our financials, please contact Barbara Tapp at [email protected]

Careers & Internships

At Make-A-Wish, we are more than a great place to work — our work is life-changing. We are an inclusive and diverse group of people who, through a mosaic of backgrounds, thought and experiences, are united in purposeful work. We are fueled and guided by our values — values that are represented in the inspired people we work with and the life-changing work we do, every day. 

We are always on the lookout for great talent who share in our passion, and all of our opportunities include a comprehensive benefits package. Current openings include:


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