EAST PEORIA, Ill. — The eighth annual I Spy A Wish event kicked off in East Peoria on Saturday afternoon to raise money for Make-A-Wish.
“The average cost of a wish is ten thousand dollars, and that’s a lot of money. And, just here in Illinois alone, we grant over 700 wishes every year,” said Stacy Borho who created the event.
The event started at Uftring Auto Mall, then teams were sent on an eight stop scavenger hunt.
Teams traveled around Peoria, heading to their next clue. The event ended back at Uftring where clues were entered into prize drawings.
All money raised from the event benefits Make-A-Wish Illinois.
“Wishes give kids hope,” said Borho.
Several Make-A-Wish alumni waited for teams at the stops. The day lets them participate and give back to Make-A-Wish.
“My wish was one of the few times where I was just able to be myself,” said Rebecca Gorman.
Gorman was at a checkpoint on the scavenger hunt. She had her wish granted when she was 14.
“Life isn’t all about being in the hospital. Life is also just having fun, running around, spending time with family,” said Gorman.
Thanks to Make-A-Wish, she was able to go on a Mediterranean cruise.
Now, she likes to help make other kid’s wishes come true.
“The main thing that has me keep coming back is how I want that same experience for other kids,” said Gorman.
Event organizers hope the event will raise somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand dollars.
The money will go towards granting more wishes.
“Wishes are about creating a life changing experience,” said Janet Bantz Glavin, the community engagement manager.
Leaders say the success of the event is all thanks to the community.
“We are so appreciative of the community. It’s really together that we can grant these wishes,” said Bantz Glavin.