“It’s a good cause:” “Wishes in Wonderland” event raises money for Children’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish

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WAUWATOSA (WITI) -- 'Tis the season to make dreams come true! More than 1,000 people took part in the "Wishes in Wonderland" fundraiser for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Make-A-Wish Wisconsin on Sunday, December 7th. 100% of proceeds from this fifth annual fundraiser benefit Children's and Make-A-Wish.

Dave & Buster's on Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa played host to the fundraiser.

"It's a good cause and it's a way to have fun," an attendee told FOX6 News.

For $10 per person, attendees had the chance to take part in breakfast (including a hot chocolate station), photos with Santa, unlimited arcade games, holiday crafts, raffles and more.

Tammy Flynn coordinated the "Wishes in Wonderland" event. She's a mom on a mission -- passionate about making dreams come true.

"100% of the proceeds go to (Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Make-A-Wish Wisconsin). When your child is going through any type of life-threatening illness, you know, the child and the whole family is so impacted by what's happening at that time and it really gives them that ray of hope and little reprieve away from that stress," Flynn said.

Dave & Buster's staff members volunteered their time and energy. General Manager Randy Kerney says it's a labor of love.

"This is literally people in our community at the Children`s Hospital getting their wishes granted and getting to have an awesome experience. They did a study on the Make-A-Wish curve and just the recovery from kids after their wish is granted and their change to do so much better in life -- to think us and our efforts and contribute to that is outstanding," Kerney said.

Lauren Underwood, who was diagnosed with leukemia knows firsthand the joy getting a wish granted can bring. She chose to go to Disney World.

Flynn says the average Make-A-Wish trip costs about $5,000.

Over the past five years, $40,000 has been raised, helping to grant wishes for more than 30 kids.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Make-A-Wish Wisconsin.

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