Irving, TX and Tri-Cities, TN-VA (Aug. 10, 2023) – The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation and WJHL-TV, the Nexstar Media Inc. television station serving Tri-Cities, Tennessee, parts of Virginia, and the surrounding area, today announced that the Foundation will donate $6,500 to the Make-A-Wish East Tennessee. The donation was presented to Make-A-Wish during WJHL-TV’s annual telethon, designed to raise awareness and funds for the local chapter of the nationwide organization.
“WJHL has been a terrific storytelling partner for years,” said Garrett Wagley, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish East Tennessee. “The station has shared stories of magical wishes and the impact they have on children, families, and the community. Now WJHL and the Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation are putting money where their mouth is – literally. This grant will fund a wish right here in the area, bringing hope, strength, and joy to a child battling a critical illness. Partnering on the telethon, making this impactful gift, and setting an example for other community-leading companies, Nexstar and WJHL are making a difference for the special children we serve together.”
Make-A-Wish East Tennessee creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. When a wish comes true it creates strength, hope and transformation in a child and a community. In addition, research demonstrates that when a wish comes true it can give a child the strength to fight and even to overcome a critical illness.
Commenting on the donation and the role of Make-A-Wish in the community, WJHL-TV’s Vice President and General Manager Paula Jackson said, “Make-A-Wish plays such an important role in this area, making dreams come true for so many deserving children. It has been an honor to partner with them on our annual Make-A-Wish telethon and to help them raise money for such a worthy cause. Giving back to the communities served by Nexstar across the country is core to the company’s mission, and we are honored that the Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation is making this donation.”
The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation’s mission is to contribute to and work with public charities and non-profit organizations to improve the communities in which Nexstar Media and its subsidiaries do business. The foundation was originally established in 1958 and it makes donations of approximately $350,000 annually.
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