GRANTED is a community–based nonprofit located in Evansville, Indiana. Two local residents, Carl Wallace and Carolyn Pfaffmann, founded the organization with a mission to grant once in a lifetime Wishes for local children aged 3 to 18 who have been diagnosed with life-threatening or terminal conditions. Serving a population of over one million people, we work to make Wishes come true for children residing in the areas of Southern Indiana, Southern Illinois, and Western Kentucky.
Formerly known as Wish Upon A Star, Granted saw its beginnings when Wallace and Pfaffmann joined forces to help Jamie Petty, a child who had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. She had a dream of visiting Disney World so that she could meet Mickey Mouse, and thanks to the support and efforts of the Tri-State community, that Wish came true. Initially intending on giving away the remaining funds to an up and coming wish-granting organization, they ultimately decided to use the money for the gap in service that was brought to their attention, as Jamie was still sick and her family was still struggling in many ways. Thus our organization was born, dedicated to granting Wishes and then supporting the families long afterward through a variety of programs.
With plenty of love, perseverance, and careful stewardship, we have proudly thrived and continuously granted Wishes to families in need for more than three decades. In mid-2016, we were honored to be selected by the incredibly talented professionals from Evansville Design Group as their organization for the 2016-17 Design for Good project, and we re-branded as Granted, donning a new look to go with our new name. Although the brand has evolved throughout the years, our purpose remains the same; to serve our community by helping children in need by granting Wishes, and providing love and support to their families, and we plan on continuing to do so for many more years to come!
Cancer is an evil disease that affects way too many. This 8 year-old warrior was in a fight for her life when she went on her Wish trip to Disney with her family. Cecilia and her family spent a week at Disney, Universal, Epcot, and Give Kids the World. Her Wish allowed her to relax, have fun with her family, and just be a child. This gave her body a chance to heal and become stronger. Two days after she returned home from her Wish trip, she was able to re-start her life saving treatments, and has now beaten cancer!
Do YOU have what it takes?
Growing and maintaining a thriving organization takes a lot of dedication and hard work. We also have many opportunities for fun and bonding with Wish children and their families. As we continue to serve more children, we need to continue cultivating and growing our Board as well. See our Board responsibilities HERE, and if you believe you would be an asset to Granted, download a Board Application HERE.
Board of Directors
- Susan Washburn – Director
- Teri Barnes – President
- Corey Eblen – VP/Treasurer
- Hector Rivera Fuentes-Secretary
- Matthew Armstrong
- Precious Balczo
- Tiffani Hays
- Jake Hicks
- Carolyn Pfaffmann – Co-Founder
- Andrea Santarsiero
- Dr. John W. Streetman III
- Carl Wallace – Co-Founder
- Jeff Williams
Be a HERO to a child with a life-threatening or terminal condition. Donate today!