Make-A-Wish America reveals the 2023 winners of the prestigious Chris Greicius Celebrity Award

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PHOENIX, Feb. 6, 2024 ~ Make-A-Wish, a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children with critical illnesses, has announced the winners of the 2023 Chris Greicius Celebrity Award. This prestigious award is given each year to celebrities, entertainers, athletes, influencers, and industry partners who have made a significant impact in furthering the Make-A-Wish mission.

The winners of the 2023 Chris Greicius Celebrity Award are Team Blippi from MoonBug Entertainment, former Major League Baseball pitcher David Cone, heavy metal band Metallica, actor and producer Chris Pratt, and the late comedian and artist Judy Tenuta.

Team Blippi, known for their popular children's show, has not only helped countless curious children experience the world around them but has also shown a caring approach to wish granting. During a recent wish for Karter, a child with a neuromuscular disorder, Blippi went above and beyond by visiting him in his hometown. The day was filled with Blippi-themed gifts and activities such as playing in a ball pit and conducting science experiments together.

David Cone has been an invaluable partner to Make-A-Wish since expressing his desire to further their mission in 2011. He has granted over 50 wishes for Make-A-Wish Connecticut and is a constant presence at their largest fundraising event of the year. Cone also generously donates his suite at Yankee Stadium as an auction item.

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For over 20 years, heavy metal band Metallica has been granting wishes to children battling critical illnesses. They treat each wish experience with care and give each child one-on-one time with all band members backstage before enjoying VIP access to their shows.

Actor and producer Chris Pratt has been a wish granter for many years and always goes above and beyond to make wishes extra special. Recently, he created an unforgettable experience for three wish kids by inviting them to meet him on the set of an upcoming movie. He spent quality time with each child, played games, and even surprised them with early screenings of two of his biggest films.

The late Judy Tenuta, known for her comedic talents and philanthropy, is the recipient of this year's "Icon Award" under the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award umbrella. Through the Judy Lynn Tenuta Trust, she made a generous $1 million donation to Make-A-Wish to continue her legacy of bringing joy to those in need. This contribution will ensure that more children battling critical illnesses will have the chance to experience a wish.

Thanks to their wish-granting efforts, in-kind support, and public advocacy, this year's Chris Greicius Celebrity Award winners have provided meaningful and lasting memories for wish kids. These experiences can be a powerful force in a child's battle against a critical illness.

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Leslie Motter, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America, expressed her gratitude towards the winners stating, "The Chris Greicius Celebrity Award not only serves as recognition and validation of each winner's continued support of our wish kids but also cements their legacy as part of the Make-A-Wish mission." She also encouraged others to get involved with Make-A-Wish by visiting their website.

The Chris Greicius Celebrity Award is named after 7-year-old Chris Greicius whose wish to be a police officer inspired the creation of Make-A-Wish in 1980. Since then, Make-A-Wish has granted over 360,000 wishes in the U.S. and its territories – many of which have involved meeting celebrities.

Congratulations to all the winners for their ongoing commitment to delivering hope and creating life-changing experiences for children with critical illnesses. Their dedication and generosity make a significant impact on these children's lives and will be remembered for years to come.
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