Dozens of children gathered at North Hills Club for a festival commemorating the Make A Wish Foundation chapter's milestone of granting 100 wishes since its founding in 1985.
The child who had the 100th wish, for a computer, was too ill to attend the Saturday ceremony, and organizers said they did not want to focus on one youngster.``All 100 are as special as the first,' said Margie Weaver, president of the foundation's eastern North Carolina chapter.
Meetings with celebrities are the most complicated wishes to grant, said Joanne Munroe, the chapter's public relations organizer. One boy wanted to meet Michael Jackson, but doctors said an airplane flight was out of the question. So Make A Wish waited until the entertainer came to Maryland, within driving distance, and hustled the boy up there to meet his idol.
Organizers wouldn't say how much the foundation has raised over the years, but they estimated that the average wish costs $2,500.