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Monthly Spotlight

In honor of our 35th anniversary, we want to celebrate all those who make us who we are. Check back each month as we spotlight the different members in our community who support our mission.

Our Volunteers

This month, we are thanking all of our outstanding volunteers, including those featured below. Without you, the more than 6,000 wishes that were granted within the past 35 years would not have been possible. Thank you for donating your time and bringing joy to our wish children and families. Together, with your help, we look forward to continue our journey in transforming lives, one wish at a time.
Autumn (right) has taken on many roles as part of the Make-A-Wish® family, including the role of a wish granter, a Speaker’s Bureau volunteer and a volunteer at many special events. Her involvement has led to life-changing impacts for local wish children. Autumn further brings to light the powerful impact of a life-changing wish by sharing our mission to others in the community.


"I do this because we are a community and we are all connected. Happiness and joy is contagious and healing. It is my duty to you, to these kids, to my community, to the world and to myself to try to make a difference."
- Autumn Hyatt

Esther actively gives back to our community as a wish granter and a volunteer representative of our Speaker’s Bureau. In every wish interview, she tries to truly understand each wish child in finding their most heartfelt wish. She makes their wish experience all the more special for wish children and their families through her creative and amazing wish reveal parties.
"It’s important to give back to Make-A-Wish, because a lot of kids really look forward to this experience. I think that given what they’ve gone through, it is so rewarding to see them carefree and be a child again."
- Esther Lin 

 Over the years, Lupita has guided wish children as their wish granter and has helped fulfill unforgettable experiences for each and every one of them. She has been a wonderful example to others in our local community by truly giving back with all her effort. Lupita’s support has continuously led to positive impacts in the lives of wish children and their families.
"As a wish granter, I have witnessed how a wish experience can make all the difference in the life of child who is critically ill.  It has been a privilege to play a small role in the wishes of children in my community.  I am continuously inspired by the strength of our wish kids and their families and I look forward to granting many more wishes!"
- Lupita Villalobos

Make-A-Wish® Orange County & the Inland Empire
3230 El Camino Real
Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92602-1389
(714) 573-9474

Make-A-Wish® Orange County & the Inland Empire, Riverside Office
1650 Spruce
Suite 100
Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 321-0179