LOS ANGELES (October 19, 2007) -- The Make-A-Wish(R) Foundation is kickingoff its search for the official theme song for the Foundation's 2007 holidaycampaign A Season of Wishes(TM) with the new online competition Singing ForWishes. Starting Today, singers, songwriters and supporters of the Foundationwill have the chance to upload their original songs tohttp://www.SingingforWishes.org, where fans, friends and wish kids will votefor their favorite Make-A-Wish themed tune. The songs that receive the mostvotes will be reviewed by a panel of qualified judges, led by country musicstar and former wish child Kevin Sharp, who will choose the official campaigntheme song, which will be announced on December 10th.
"Long before I was blessed with the opportunities of a music career, I wasa wish child," said Sharp. "As a teenager, I was diagnosed with a rare form ofbone cancer. It's difficult to express the strength, hope and joy felt when awish is granted to a child, but I did it the best way I know how; I wrote asong about the Foundation. Now it's another songwriter's turn to share thepower of a wish through song."
Songwriters can access a link to the Foundation's Singing For Wishes songcompetition on the Make-A-Wish Foundation web site, ASeasonOfWishes.org, wherethey can upload their song as a digital video clip or digital audio recording,which must not exceed three minutes in length and must include the phrase"Make-A-Wish." Each contestant may enter up to five submissions forconsideration before 11:59:59 p.m. pacific standard time on Friday, November23, 2007. Contestants must also submit a registration form with eachsubmission.
"Southern California is known for being a home to creative and artisticminds and I am eager to see the kind of talent that will be entering thiscompetition. I am confident that our theme song is in good hands," said KelliSeely, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles.
The winning song will not only become the official theme song for A Seasonof Wishes 2007 campaign, but will also be showcased through campaign partners,on the contest entry web page, and on the respective Web pages for the Make-A-Wish foundation of Greater Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire.
About the Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope,strength and joy. Born in 1980, when a group of caring volunteers helped ayoung boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation isnow the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 67 chapters in theUnited States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and morethan 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 41minutes and has granted more than 153,000 wishes in the U.S. since inception.
For more information about your local Make-A-Wish Foundation chapter or tolend your support to the A Season of Wishes campaign go towww.seasonofwishes.org or call 1-888-217-WISH.Aspiring Songwriters Can Upload Their Original Songs Online For The Chance To Become The Official Theme Song For A Season Of Wishes
SOURCE The Make-A-Wish Foundation