Wishes in Wonderland
17th Annual Glass Slipper Ball
published June 2016
Trent and Veronica Bishop
Veronica is currently serving as
president of the board of
Down Down The Rabbit Hole We Went ...
This year's keynote address was
given by Veronica Bishop. Here is
some of what she had to say ...
"When Trent and I first attended a
Wish Makers reception three years
ago, we did not know what to expect.
In fact, if I am honest, I thought it
might be uncomfortable to visit with
the children and their families. What
if I said the wrong thing? What do I
say at all? I had no experience with
this sort of thing.
"What I have learned since then
is that these amazing young human
beings do not want or need my pity.
In fact, they have proven time and
again to be stronger than most people
I know, able bodied or not. I am
amazed by their strength, talent and
their positive attitudes to persevere
through their challenges.
"What does it feel like to have a
life-threatening medical condition?
Most people do not know the answer
to that question. And when I stood
in this room three years ago for my
first Gala, I did not know, nor did I
ever want to know EXACTLY what
that felt like. But all of that changed
on November 5, 2015. You see, although
I know most of you thought
I was doing my best impression of
Sinead O'Connor, the fact is that I
am battling breast cancer myself.
And although tonight is not about
me and my battle, I can tell you as
someone who was at the peak of
health prior to my diagnosis, battling
a life threatening medical condition is
tough. I wouldn't wish it on anyone.
It sucks. It's not fair. I hate it. But I
am an adult. I have the privilege of
having lived many years healthy.
"My adult brain can process medicine
and shots and chemo and hair
loss and aches and pains and surgery
and all kinds of tests and scans. Can
you imagine a child undergoing all of
this without the ability or means to
process exactly what they are going
through and why? As the mother of
healthy children, I cannot imagine my
child going through the process that I
am going through right now. But it
is happening. It is happening every
day to children right here in the Rio
"So when we talk about granting
wishes, we are talking about providing
some sort of escape from this reality
that they have grown to know as
their "normal" life. We are talking
about providing these wonderful children
with a dream, a hope, a reason to
wake up and keep fighting their individual
battles. We are talking about
moving their dotted line in an upward
direction. And none of this can happen
without the generosity of you, our
local businesses and community."
"We grant the wishes of
conditions to enrich the
human experience with
hope, strength and joy."
Make-A-Wish grants wishes to
children between the ages of
2 ½ to 18 years who have
life-threatening medical conditions.
Last year, ninety-three cents out of
every dollar donated to
Make-A-Wish RGV went
directly to fulfilling wishes.
We continuously strive to keep
all other costs at a minimum.
All donations stay in the Valley
to help grant wishes for
our area children.
The board of directors is extremely grateful to these sponsors
who helped to make this years Glass Slipper Ball
A Huge Success!
Royal Court $10,000+
Burns Motors. Corporate Solutions, Crawford Electric Supply, Inter National Bank
Royal Coach $7,500+
Trusted Choice, Valley Grande Institute
Glass Slipper $5,000+
Fox Packaging, Manrique Custom Vision Center, MO-VAC Service Company, Pratt Industries, E-Con Group, Lone Star National Bank
Fairy Godmother $3,000+
Kolder, Terry Posluszny, MD, FACC, Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, Shepard Walton King Ins. Group, Texas National Bank, Javier O. De La Garza DDS PA, KRGV-TV,
Core Business Solutions
B2Z, Broaddus and Associates, Bruce & Lori Goldman, Dargel Boats, Eberle Materials, Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance, Paul and Joline Huddleston, Randy & Michelle Crane, David & Susie Oliveira, Gonzalez & Associates, Khit Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Higginbotham, Raul "Rudy" Rodriguez, Filiberto Rodriquez SR. MD, IBC Bank, Simply Divine Events of Texas, BBVA Compass, Palmer Steele
THANK YOU ALL for MAKING WISHES COME TRUE!