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Taco Bell® partners with Make-A-Wish®to grant wishes for Alaskan children

Date

March 22, 2017

Location

Anchorage, AK

ANNUAL FUNDRAISER HAS RAISED ENOUGH MONEY TO GRANT 29 WISHES SINCE 2012

Five-year-old Markella, battling a life-threatening neurological condition, loves spending time outdoors with family. That’s why she’s wished to travel to Hawaii to see eucalyptus “rainbow” trees and meet a mermaid. Her wish will happen this fall, made possible by the partnership of local Taco Bell customers from all 15 Alaska locations and Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington, the non-profit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

For the past five years, Taco Bell has partnered with Make-A-Wish to support local wishes. This year's campaign will run from March 22 through April19, 2017. 100% of donations will benefit Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington.

“Being a good community partner is important to our employees and central to the philosophy at Taco Bell,” said Dale Martens, president of Denali Foods—the Alaska Taco Bell franchise.  “We’re proud to support such a worthy cause, and look forward to fulfilling more wishes for children in Alaska.”

Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington would like to thank Taco Bell franchise, Denali Foods, for their generous long-standing support. 

ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation's leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations proudly serve over 42 million customers each week through 7,000 restaurants across the nation, as well as through its mobile, desktop and delivery ordering services. Overseas, Taco Bell has over 250 restaurants, with plans to add 2,000 more restaurants internationally within the next decade. The brand encourages its fans to “Live Mas” and connects with them through sports, gaming and new music via its Feed The Beat® music program. Taco Bell also provides education opportunities and serves the community through its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™, and connects fans with their passions through programs such as the Live Mas Scholarship program. In 2016, Taco Bell was named as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World.

ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH ALASKA AND WASHINGTON

Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 6,300 local children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. From granting six wishes in our first year to now 332 this year, we have come a long way but our work is not over yet. With your help, we’re getting closer to reaching our vision to grant a wish to every eligible child by 2020, because we know that wishes matter. According to a 2011 study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence 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. Every year, one in five seriously-ill children in Alaska and Washington does not receive a wish because they are not being referred to our program. That’s something we can all change. For more information about Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington and how you can share the power of a wish® please call 800.304.9474, visit akwa.wish.org or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MakeAWishAKWA.

 

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Contacts:

Hannah Moderow

Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington

Unaanu@nxjn.jvfu.bet 907.375.9066


Jen Winegardner

Denali Foods

wrajvar@bhgybbx.pbz 206.419.8078

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