When Teresa Perdue began volunteering for Make-A-Wish in the late 1980s, she used a memory typewriter and the local Make-A-Wish chapter had a staff of one.
Teresa shared her passion for wish-granting with her husband before they were married and they worked together as a wish-granting team in the early 1990s and even had an ice statue of a wish bone at their wedding to showcase the importance of Make-A-Wish in their lives.
“The growth I’ve seen from Make-A-Wish in the beginning to today has just been incredible,” she said. In the early years, Teresa worked with the Board of Trustees to implement a more robust volunteer program and to increase the number of paid staff so that Make-A-Wish could reach more local children. Teresa was invited to serve as a Trustee at Make-A-Wish, providing valuable insight into her experience as a volunteer and working firsthand with wish families.
Today, both she and her 16-year-old daughter, Kimberly, give their time, treasure and talent to help make wishes come true. “To me, philanthropy is just a part of who I am,” Teresa said. “I was raised to always give to others. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, but my parents always encouraged us to volunteer. It’s always been something that I’ve loved to do, both then and now.”
Kimberly has also seen the value of involving her friends and high school classmates with Make-A-Wish. Kimberly has taken a pie in the face for Make-A-Wish during a Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) fundraising event, she has led the charge with her Girl Scout troop selling raffle tickets at the Wish Night® Gala and Auction benefitting our local chapter, and she is already gearing up to start fundraising for this year’s Walk For Wishes® in Redmond, an annual fundraising event that both she and her mother love.
For Kimberly, the impact of Make-A-Wish can be boiled down to just a few words; “Make-A-Wish is community, relationships and happiness,” she said.
While Teresa has always enjoyed being involved with Make-A-Wish—both through volunteering and giving—fundraising with her daughter has only further enriched her relationship with the organization. “It gives us something we can do together that we are both passionate about,” she said. “Giving back to others and doing something for the community—it’s rewarding to share this special time together.”
You can join Teresa and Kimberly and help make wishes come true.