WrestleMania XXVII, WWE’s annual pop culture extravaganza, will once again be the centerpiece of a huge wish weekend for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and 30 kids with life-threatening medical conditions.
For the fourth year in the row, WWE and the Make-A-Wish Foundation are granting children’s wishes to attend WrestleMania weekend, April 1-3 in Atlanta. WWE has planned a full list of wish activities for the children, who are traveling from 18 U.S. states, Canada and Australia.
In addition to the excitement of attending WrestleMania at the Georgia Dome on April 3, the wish kids will enjoy exclusive opportunities to meet WWE Superstars and Divas, along with other celebrities, at these events:
- April 1 – a private autograph session with WWE Superstars and Divas
- April 2 – a pizza party hosted by WWE Superstar and Make-A-Wish Wish Ambassador John Cena at the Georgia Aquarium
- April 3 – a special lunch party before WrestleMania XXVII at the Opera Atlanta Events Center & Nightclub
The Georgia Aquarium and the Opera Atlanta Events Center & Nightclub are donating event space and resources to make the events possible for the 30 wish kids and their families. Lucks Food Decorating Company is donating pizza for the Saturday event featuring edible Pizza Prints designs of WWE Superstars.
“It’s fitting that WWE and the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s biggest wish-granting celebration happens each year at WrestleMania,” said Sue Aitchison, WWE’s Director, Community Relations. “This weekend will be full of surprises and joy for the wish kids and will undoubtedly help the families spend much-needed time together away from hospitals and medical treatments.”
At the April 2 event, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America President and Chief Executive Officer David Williams will honor Cena for granting his 200th wish in December 2010. Cena is one of only four celebrities, along with NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and former WWE Superstar Hulk Hogan, to reach the milestone.
“The Make-A-Wish Foundation is so much better for knowing WWE Superstar John Cena,” Williams said. “He is genuinely connected to our mission, and the time John spends with a wish kid changes them both. They leave each other better than before – happier, more optimistic, filled with memories that inspire them during tough times.”
For 27 years, WWE has been one of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s most dedicated wish granters, fulfilling hundreds of children’s wishes to meet its Superstars and Divas and attend major events such as WrestleMania.