NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- A brave little girl from Loma Linda had a special wish granted last week by the local chapter of Make-a-Wish.
Avery, a 3-year-old cancer patient, was the center of attention Friday at the Balboa Bay Club and Resort in Newport Beach, where more than 200 guests celebrated the 30th anniversary of Make-A-Wish Orange County and Inland Empire. Avery's coronation included a Renaissance-themed high court, complete with a throne and Master of Revels, who announced Princess Avery.
“Many people do not get to experience a wish and what it can do,” said Stephanie McCormick, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire. “We wanted to honor young Avery and share with our guests the true power of a wish.”
After Avery was crowned, she and her family took their place at the head table for the night.
Also at the event, Frank Bopsy Salazar had his wish granted for a trip to Disneyland. The gala also featured silent and live auctions that raised about $150,000 to benefit local children.
Make-a-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.