Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley and South Texas Mopars Team Up To Grant Wishes!
by Ava Sandlin
published November 2015

Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley teamed up with the South Texas Mopars Club, led by David Guzman, in a raffle to raise money to grant wishes, including that of 14-year-old, Matthew, from Alton. The South Texas Mopars is a club for all Mopar enthusiasts, owners of such vehicle brands as Chrysler, Ram Srt, Jeep, Dodge, and Plymouth. On their Facebook page they say that they are "not just about talking cars" but about "friendship, family and giving back to the community".

They did just that in their McAllen International Carfest this year, where they raffled off a 1971 Blue Dodge Charger Super Bee. They fully restored the old muscle car just for making wishes come true for valley children with life-threatening medical conditions. Last year, the club successfully restored a 1969 Roadrunner for Make-A-Wish®. All proceeds benefitted the Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley. The lucky winner of the beautiful Dodge Charger was Mr. James Dunn, from Alamo, TX.

This event raised enough for 8 ½ wishes! Matthew was the first child to be granted a wish from this year's Mopar Club's contributions. Matthew's diagnosis is leukemia. His wish was for a very specific new sound system for the family car, and his wish was granted! Matthew has grown up working with sound systems since he was little and has developed a feel for installing them. He has always enjoyed the bass sound most of all. Matthew has gotten so adept at installing sound systems that he competes with relatives, with each one better than the system before. He is very sure this will be the all-time winner! When asked what his wish was, Matthew expertly rattled off specifics to be acquired, and Matthew was not disappointed! Earlier this spring the South Texas Mopar Car and Truck Club presented him with the beautiful sound system of his dreams.

Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley gladly thanks The South Texas Mopars for putting on this excellent event and making this fine contribution and appreciates everyone who offers their time and generosity. Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions. They do this because they believe the wish experience is often a source of inspiration for children undergoing difficult medical treatments and a positive force that helps overcome their obstacles. A wish experience is often more than a dream come true: It's the catalyst that rekindles their belief in themselves and the promise of their future.

For more information about Make-A-Wish®, please call (956)686-9474 or visit the Make-A-Wish® office, located inside the Inter National Bank at 1801 S. 2nd Street, McAllen, TX.