WESTLAKE, Calif. - Wish Night 2017 raised thousands of dollars for the Make-A-Wish foundation that grants the wishes of children battling life-threatening illnesses in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.
Former Bachelor star Andrew Firestone, who is happily married now, wore his pink-lined wedding suit to serve as Master of Ceremonies at the Westlake Hyatt in Ventura County on Friday night.
The event honored Meredith Garofalo and KEYT NewsChannel 3 as Community Partner of The Year.
Garofalo helped raise 2,500,000 airline miles for Wishes in Flight.
The non-profit also honored Francisco Bracho, M.D., with the Ventura County Medical Center, as the Healthcare Professional of the Year. The pediatric oncologist refers patients to Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties.
The Board Appreciation Award went to John MacFadyen who helped launch Wish Night 8 years ago.
Firestone also helped auction off items donated by Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean and others.
Garofalo helped Firestone auction off a weather helper spot for $2000.
Donors watched a Caps Media video of local children enjoying wishes allowing them to go places, meet people, try new things or give back.
Make-A-Wish's new CEO Pattie Mullins introduced a Wish Kid named Jovie Jane Konanz who gladly explaining how she wished to meet the Christian rock band Rend Collective.
Konanz got a round of applause when she said how much fun she had when the band's drummer asked her to get up on stage.
It is not too late to donate. For information visit tri-counties.wish.org or call (805)676-9474.