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Nov 06

PHOTOS: #BringOnTheFun Make-A-Wish Oklahoma’s Walk for Wishes

Posted by Matt Carney under Charity, News, QuiBids Employees

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At QuiBids we’re proud to have the great privilege to work with non-profit and charitable  organizations around our hometown of Oklahoma City. The majority of our employees either grew up in Oklahoma, were educated in Oklahoma, or both, so partnering with local chapters of major non-profits (and organizations specific to our home) makes volunteering all the more personal and meaningful to us.

We got to get out and help last Saturday by sponsoring the Oklahoma Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Walk for Wishes fundraiser at the Oklahoma City Zoo, the proceeds of which go straight to granting wishes for children facing life-threatening illnesses. The weather was about as perfect as early November in Oklahoma can get — ideal conditions to get to support a more than deserving cause. But before we get to the photos from our visit to the zoo, here are a couple of quick numbers on this year’s Walk for Wishes!

2

The number of years that the Make-A-Wish Foundation has now hosted the Walk for Wishes.

~400

Number of people who participated in last year’s Walk, walkers and volunteers included.

700+

Number of people who participated this year.

~20,000

Number of dollars raised at last year’s Walk.

35,000

Number of dollars raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

We got there really early to help set up, which involved laying out bagels, coffee (extremely necessary), and doughnuts for all the volunteers and participants.

The Thunder drumline came out to get the crowd revved up!

The Oklahoma City Bomb Squad was there too, showing people some of the equipment that they use on the job.

Most Walk participants signed up as groups large and small in support of friends or family members with serious illness. Here are a few of them!

Eventually the Thunder cheerleaders joined the drumline dudes to cheer everybody along at the beginning of the walk!

And just like that, the crowd was off to check out the zoo and enjoy some quality time walking together!

We got to meet some of the kids folks were walking for, which was a big deal for us.

And then we spent the rest of the morning hanging out and having fun with the kids, which was super fun because of all the stuff that was going on.

This was our first time as the presenting sponsor for a major event and we’re excited to present more in the future! In fact we’d really love to work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation on the Walk every year, so if you’re in Oklahoma City keep an eye out for it next November!

All photos by Matt Carney