Kretschmar® Partners with Make-A-Wish® to send Young Girl to CMA Music Festival

LISLE, III., June 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kretschmar® Premium Meats & Cheeses has partnered with Make-A-Wish® to help grant a Texas teen’s big wish. Kelley, a 17-year-old girl fighting Cystic Fibrosis, is a giant country music fan. It came as no surprise that when wish granters from Make-A-Wish asked Kelley what her ultimate wish was, she wanted to attend the CMA Music Festival in Nashville.

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Kretschmar and Make-A-Wish granted Kelley’s wish, and she experienced the country music trip of her dreams. Kelley and her family experienced four days of VIP treatment in the Music City, including an all-star concert at Nissan Stadium and a private Kretschmar Country concert at The Bell Tower in Nashville, Tenn. The performance featured three up-and-coming country music artists, Kelleigh Bannen, Natalie Stovall and Ruthie Collins.

“Kretschmar is committed to supporting the important efforts of Make-A-Wish and helping to make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions, like Kelley,” said Michael J. Sargent, Senior Brand Manager, Kretschmar Deli. “We are privileged to have the opportunity to make this unforgettable experience possible with help from Make-A-Wish.”

Kelley was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 3 months, but she continues to push forward and live the life of a typical teenager. Kelley enjoys writing and listening to music, playing volleyball and spending time with friends and family.

“Kretschmar went above and beyond to ensure Kelley had a truly unforgettable wish experience,” said Kathy Forshey, vice president, corporate alliances for Make-A-Wish America. “It is because of donors and sponsors like Kretschmar that we are able to continue granting more and better wishes for wish kids nationwide.”

Since 2012, Kretschmar has contributed over $515,000 to Make-A-Wish nationally and sponsored more than twelve wishes with local chapters through its “Legendary Wishes” campaign.

Thanks to retail partners, Kretschmar has raised additional funding through sales of Make-A-Wish paper stars sold at stores' registers for $1 donations, employee donations, and sandwich fundraisers. Those efforts have raised over $75,000 which was given to local Make-A-Wish chapters to grant more wishes.

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About Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than 270,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,800 in 2015 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at to learn more.

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Source:Smithfield Foods