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Event Tonight to Benefit Make A Wish

Jeff Kramer

An event this weekend will raise money for a local children’s charity.

Make a Wish grants wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions.  The organization serves kids age two and a half to 18 and is based on referrals.

Jim Slagter (SLAY-ter), development manager for Make a Wish Missouri, says they grant a variety of wishes.

"Lately there was a Brad Pitt wish, and the child could not travel, and Brad is overseas or was overseas doing a movie and he couldn't travel here, so we did a Skype with him and Angelina, so it was kind of a very special wish.  Lately we have a child who's losing the loss of his motor functions so he won't be able to walk very far anymore, so we got him an ATV so him and his dad can ride around the farm," he said.

They do a lot of room makeovers and shopping sprees, he says.  And that costs money—the average wish is $5,000.  Funds come from private donors—corporations and individuals, grants and national scholarships.

An event tonight (10/24) will also raise money for Make a Wish.  Hallowish is set for 8  at the Metropolitan Grill on E. Battlefield.

Julie Winget (WIN-jet) is one of the event’s organizers.

"Pat Duran, the owner of Metropolitan Grill, is going to be doing a food buffet. We do prefer costumes 'cause there will be a costume prize for the best costume.  There will be a DJ that is also going to be playing, so dinner, dancing--it's going to be a fun time," she said.

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the door (preferably with cash) or in advance at