WWE® and E! Entertainment Join Forces to Support Make-A-Wish®
WWE® and E! Entertainment Join Forces to Support Make-A-Wish ®
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- WWE and E! Entertainment today launched the first-ever Superstars for Hope fundraising initiative to support Make-A-Wish, featuring chances to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences available to anyone who makes a contribution. The entertainment powerhouses will also host a Superstars for Hope red carpet party in Los Angeles on Thursday, August 15 at the Beverly Hills Hotel as a part of WWE's SummerSlam® Week.
Starting today, for every $10 fans and supporters contribute through fundraising partner Omaze, they will receive five chances to win one of two packages donated by WWE and E! Entertainment.
"We are honored to be part of Superstars for Hope in support of Make-A-Wish," said Suzanne Kolb, President, E! "This wonderful organization endlessly inspires and their incredible work brightens and enriches the lives of so many children and families."
"WWE's commitment to granting life-changing experiences is unmatched," said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. "We know that having E! join forces with them will mean more life-changing wishes are granted for children with life-threatening medical conditions."
"We are proud to partner with E! on Superstars for Hope and continue our long-standing support of Make-A-Wish," said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. "This is an opportunity for so many people to help children's wishes come true."
Once-in-a-lifetime experience packages include:
- WrestleMania 30 New Orleans Party Package: A VIP trip to WrestleMania for four which includes travel and accommodations, access to the WrestleMania 30 red carpet kickoff party, the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and WrestleMania Axxess, along with behind-the-scenes tours, meet-and-greets with WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends, as well as a WWE Championship title signed by WWE Champions John Cena®, Triple H®, Brock Lesnar™ and Undertaker®.
- E! Exclusive Hollywood Experience: A three-day trip to Los Angeles to attend a taping of an E! show such as E! News, Fashion Police, The Soup or Chelsea Lately, a gift basket with Hollywood's hottest spa essentials and $1,000 spending money for a shopping spree with WWE Divas, The Bella Twins.
For the fifth year in a row, WWE takes over Los Angeles for the biggest pay-per-view event of the summer with SummerSlam on Sunday, Aug. 18. Events include the ultimate fan celebration of the summer — SummerSlam Axxess — at the Nokia Plaza at L.A. LIVE, and a host of community outreach activities including visits to local hospitals, Be a STAR: anti-bullying rallies, reading celebrations, granting Make-A-Wish children one-in-a-lifetime experiences, and a partnership with Susan G. Komen to promote breast cancer awareness and early screening.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit WWE.com/events.
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Omaze raises money and awareness for charity by offering everyone the opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime experience that cannot be bought. Instead of limiting these experience offerings to small groups of wealthy donors, Omaze democratizes the opportunity to win by offering everyone on the Internet a chance to participate by donating $10 dollars. By leveraging the social web to promote the experiences to a wider audience, Omaze helps its charity partners raise significantly more funds, increase awareness for their mission and attract a whole new base of donors. For more information about Omaze, visit www.omaze.com.
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 226,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; nearly 14,000 in 2012 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.
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