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Chapter Timeline

Since 1984, Make-A-Wish® South Dakota has been granting very special wishes for South Dakota children facing life-threatening medical conditions.

1984

January 
In January 1985, 15-year old Krista traveled to Aspen, Colorado to meet John Denver.• South Dakota Foundation formally organized and had been known as
"A Wish Come True, Inc."  
• Granted first wish to 15-year-old Krista from Viborg who traveled to Aspen, Colorado to meet John Denver
March 22
• Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Dakota became affiliated with Make-A-Wish® AmericaLine

1990

Average cost of a wish is $3,500

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1992

First Make-A-Wish Dinner & Dance event in Watertown

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1994-10th Anniversary

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• Granted 150th wish to 6-year-old Jamie from Sioux Falls to go to Walt Disney World

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1996

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• Granted 200th wish to 17-year-old Gabe from Brookings to go to New York City
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• First Hot Harley Nights™ in Sioux Falls

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1998

July
Adopt-A-Wish® program started-individuals, businesses and groups can adopt a child’s wish for $5,000 
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• Granted 300th wish to 17-year-old Chris from Wilmot to go on The Big Red Boat Cruise

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1999-15th Anniversary

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2001

 TimelineNovember 10
• Granted 400th wish to 6-year-old Cody from Webster to go to Walt Disney World

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2004-20th Anniversary

• Average cost of a wish is $5,000 
• 544 kids received wishes since 1984

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2007

March 8
• Make-A-Wish America® President and CEO David Williams and Chairman of the Board Carl Hansson visit Office and helped grant Casey’s surprise electronics wish
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• Broke ground on new Office at 1400 West 17th Street in Sioux Falls
November 17
Wish Kid Connor• Granted 700th wish to 4-year-old Connor from Newell to go to Walt Disney World

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2008

August 23
Sioux Falls Office• New office open house grand-opening and dedication. Office space and equipment was donated and all funded by generous individuals and businesses.
Linda Pauling, mother of Chris Greicius, the boy whose wish inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish, visited new office.

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2009-25th Anniversary

25th Anniversary celebrationAugust
• Frank Shankwitz, founder of Make-A-Wish America from Arizona, and wife Kitty were special guests at 25th anniversary celebration

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2010

Paul Krueger & Mary OlingerMary Olinger retires as President and CEO after nearly 17 years of service.  Paul Krueger becomes President and CEOLine

2012

March 1
• First Wishes in Flight statewide campaign for unused airline miles
November
• Black Hills Office opened in the Great Western Bank building downtown

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2013

 TimelineAverage wish cost is nearly $7,000
February 13
• Granted 1,000th wish to 7-year-old Dannika from Bryant to meet the cast of her favorite TV show 
Rapid City Regional Office Ribbon CuttingFebruary 22
• Rapid City Regional Office official Chamber ribbon cutting took place. Several wish kids, their families and volunteers helped celebrate
May 16
•First Walk For Wishes event in Rapid City

 

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2014-30th Anniversary

30th AnniversaryMake-A-Wish® South Dakota granted six wishes in 1984. 30 years later, we grant 70 or more wishes a year. We have granted 1,116 wishes in 30 years.

 As we celebrated our 30th anniversary throughout the year, we enjoyed celebrating with wish kids and families we have served, along with our volunteers, friends and donors who have been so instrumental in making each wish magical.  Here is a review of some of our fun celebrations throughout the state:

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  • Richard and Janice Olsen, parents of our first wish teen Krista, were our special guests at our Sioux Falls 30th Anniversary Celebration

  • Wish Kid Jerzey and family at the Sioux Falls 30th Anniversary Celebration

  • Facepainting at the Sioux Falls 30th Anniversary Celebration

  • Wish Kid Sara with fun characters at our Sioux Falls 30th Anniversary Celebration

  • Rapid City Walk For Wishes and 30th Anniversary Celebration

  • Rapid City Walk For Wishes and 30th Anniversary Celebration

  • Rapid City Walk For Wishes and 30th Anniversary Celebration

  • Wish Kid Elijah and family at our Watertown 30th Anniversary Celebration

  • Watertown 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Bramble Park Zoo

  • Volunteers Clark and Gerry at our Watertown 30th Anniversary Celebration

  • Wish Teen Alison and family at the Aberdeen On The Road For Wishes Poker Run event

  • Aberdeen's 30th Anniversary Celebration was held during the On The Road For Wishes Poker Run event

  • On The Road For Wishes Poker Run Aberdeen volunteers

Adopt A Child's Wish

Adopt-A-Wish® partners have the opportunity to be involved in the wish experience - an experience you will never forget. 

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SHOW YOUR SUPPORT WITH ORGANIZATIONAL PLATESOrganizational Plates

When you renew your license plates in 2017 or get new plates, please request organizational plates and show your support for Make-A-Wish®.   Once you receive the plates from your county treasurer, contact our office at 605.335.8000 for Make-A-Wish license plate stickers.

Wishes in FlightYou hold the ticket to a child's wish℠  More than 65 percent of the wishes granted in South Dakota require air travel.  Donate your unused frequent flier miles from Delta, United or American Airlines.  Once the miles are donated they never expire and will make a child's wish come true!

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Make-A-Wish® South Dakota
1400 West 17th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 335-8000
Toll Free (800) 640-9198
Make-A-Wish® South Dakota, Black Hills Office
14 Saint Joseph St. Suite 302
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 791-4500
Toll Free (800) 640-9198