How Wild Bill’s Texas Cup is Granting Wishes and Giving Hope
Kelly wanted nothing more than to meet Mickey Mouse before she went to heaven. She was only a child, but diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer. Her one dream — to see Mickey Mouse. The Make-A-Wish Foundation made the dream come true for her and her family. Kelly came face-to-face with the Big Mouse himself!
Bill Nuzum, a Vice President at SAP in Dallas, knew Kelly’s story; his family was great friends with Kelly’s family. Their families spent vacations and holidays together. Her story resonated with Bill. What about all of those other young kids out there, just like Kelly, with hopes and dreams? Those kids who want nothing more than to experience joy when joy seems so far away? Bill was inspired.
Since hearing about Kelly’s story, Bill kept it firmly in the back of his mind. In 2010, Bill got together with some SAP colleagues — Kirsta Bradley, Christie Vellenga, Greg Booth, and Kevin Bartley — and founded “Wild Bill and the Red River Gang.” The “gang” was created to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish North Texas.
The gang established Wild Bill’s Texas Cup, a golf tournament dedicated to raising funds for wishes. In its first year alone, Wild Bill’s Texas Cup netted an astounding $56,000! Each Wish is approximately $7,000, and the average goal of a fundraiser is three to four wishes. Wild Bill and the Red River Gang granted eight wishes in the first year and have grown every year.
It’s five years later, and Wild Bill’s Texas Cup is going strong. This year, 12 wishes were granted, and through the dedication and commitment of the Gang, a total of 65 wishes have benefited the children of North Texas and their families. One wish was to play with the Chicago Symphony, another, to have a swimming pool. Not only is it a successful Make-A-Wish fundraising event, it’s become a place to network. Sponsors leverage their relationships with customers and bring attention to the cause.
The event is held in early October. This year, another little girl from North Texas named Raeleigh and her family will fly to Orlando to see Disney World and Cinderella’s Castle. Titan Consulting has sponsored this event to help make wishes come true for kids like Raeleigh and many others. Thanks to so many wonderful sponsors and supporters, along with Wild Bill and the Red River Gang, we can keep making wishes come true and providing memories for their families.
Thankfully, Kelly survived her battle with cancer and now lives in New York with three healthy kids of her own. More wishes can come true with your help! To sponsor or register for the next event, please look for the 2016 event at Wild Bill’s Texas Cup.