Make-A-Wish America announces the winners of the prestigious Chris Greicius Celebrity Award

Crosby FreemasonParamount Pictures, SB Projects, Twenty One Pilots, Unspeakable Gaming and The Walt Disney Company do everything to make the wishes of children with serious illnesses possible

PHOENIX, November 17th2022 /PRNewswire/ — Make-A-Wish has announced the winners of the coveted Chris Greicius Celebrity Award, presented annually to celebrities, entertainers, athletes, influencers and industry partners who have played a significant role in granting changing wishes life for seriously ill children. Each of this year’s winners has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to bringing hope to children and their families when it’s needed most.

Peter McPartlin, Paramount Pictures, (center) receives the 2022 Chris Greicius Celebrity Award November 3, 2022

Peter McPartlin, Paramount Pictures, (center) receives the 2022 Chris Greicius Celebrity Award November 3, 2022

  • Crosby Freemason: From 2012, Crosby Freemason, kicker for the Green Bay Packers, was a Make-A-Wish Wisconsin ambassador. In addition to spending time with the wish children whenever they visit the team, Crosby has served as chairman of the chapter’s gala committee, donated valuable memorabilia for live auctions, and helped raise more than $300,000 through a local promotion that gives $1,000 a Make-A-Wish for every field goal made during the season.

  • Images of primary importance: Paramount Pictures created an unforgettable wish experience for wish boy Luke, who had the chance to visit the studio lot for a yet-to-be-released Transformers project. The company has also been active with Make-A-Wish Mexico, granting a wish at the launch of the film Clifford the Big Red Dog. Wish kicked off a one-year partnership between Paramount and Make-A-Wish Mexico, which will result in four granted wishes by the end of this year. Beyond wish fulfillment, Paramount has allowed one of its executives to provide his experience and insight as a board member of Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles.

  • SB projects: Braun scooters and the SB Projects team work hard to instill the importance of wish fulfillment in their clients. Over the span of 13 years, more than 575 wishes were cumulatively granted by SB Projects artists, including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and many others. The team also found ways to engage its artists in Make-A-Wish campaigns via traditional media or social media, generating millions of potential impressions for the wish-granting organization.

  • Twenty one pilots: Since 2016, Twenty One Pilots has granted 20 wishes, a testament to the band’s incredible popularity. When in-person encounters weren’t possible in the midst of the pandemic, the band members immediately turned to meeting wish children virtually, going to great lengths to create memorable and unique online experiences.

  • Unspeakable: Relatively new to wish grant, Nathan Graham and his team at Unspeakable, a YouTube channel with nearly 15 million subscribers, instantly connected to Make-A-Wish after granting their first wish in early 2020. Since then, they’ve not only granted 13 wishes, but they’ve also taken their support a step further by making a monthly donation to Make-A-Wish.

  • The Walt Disney Company: The Walt Disney Company was the first recipient of the “Icon Award”, a new and elevated level of recognition under the umbrella of the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award. The first-of-its-kind award recognized the countless cast members who helped fulfill more than 145,000 wishes, including theme park and resort vacations, cruises, shopping sprees, studio visits, talent encounters, and sports-experiences a theme. The award was presented to Bob ChapekCEO of The Walt Disney Company, who donates his time and talents as a national board member for Make-A-Wish America.

Each of the winners can take pride in knowing that the wishes they helped achieve have a significant and lasting impact, often leading to a better quality of life and improved health outcomes.

Initiated more than 30 years ago, the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award is announced each year at the annual Make-A-Wish conference, where hundreds of staff, board members, corporate sponsors and donors come together for a week of education, networking and inspiration. The award is named after Chris Greiciusthe 7-year-old whose desire to become a police officer inspired the creation of Make-A-Wish in 1980.

“Each year, we thank and recognize some of our most passionate and devoted supporters with the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award,” he said. Leslie Motter, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish America. “There has never been a group of winners who have had a greater cumulative impact on our ability to accomplish our mission. Through their wish-fulfillment efforts, in-kind support, and public advocacy, these winners have truly been game changers for us, helping us bring the powerful and lasting benefits of a wish come true to wishing to children and their families around the world.”

Since the start of the pandemic, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 20,400 wishes in the United States and its territories, hundreds of which have involved meeting celebrities in person or virtually. In addition to making themselves available to grant wishes themselves, celebrities have the power to inspire their audience to grant wishes by donating to Make-A-Wish. To learn more and find out how to participate, visit wish.org.

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the No. 1 nonprofit organization in the world. 1 most trusted operating locally in all 50 US states. children and their families when they need it most. Make-A-Wish aims to bring the power of wishes to every child with a serious illness because wishing experiences can help improve emotional and physical health. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 520,000 wishes in nearly 50 countries around the world; more than 350,000 wishes in the United States and its territories alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish America, visit wish.org.

Scooter Braun, SB Projects, (center) receives the 2022 Chris Greicius Celebrity Award. November 3, 2022

Scooter Braun, SB Projects, (center) receives the 2022 Chris Greicius Celebrity Award. November 3, 2022

Bob Chapek, The Walt Disney Company, (left) receives the 2022 Chris Greicius Celebrity Award. November 3, 2022

Bob Chapek, The Walt Disney Company, (left) receives the 2022 Chris Greicius Celebrity Award. November 3, 2022

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