Earlier this year, Rancho Santa Fe philanthropists
Hélène and George Gould pledged $250,000 to Make-A-Wish San Diego, founding the President’s Circle. Their gift was the largest single contribution from an individual donor in the history of the organization.
The Goulds celebrated the launch of the President’s Circle at an event at the Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas on May 12.
“Nearly every day in San Diego, a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition,” said Chris Sichel, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish San Diego. “Hélène and George have been instrumental in launching the President’s Circle, and their extraordinary donation and the joy it will inspire for our Wish Kids will shape Make-A-Wish San Diego’s future for years to come.”
Research suggests that as many as 317 children in the San Diego community will be diagnosed with a life-threatening illness this year, and Make-A-Wish is committed to making their wishes come true without delay. Currently, Make-A-Wish is reaching two-thirds of medically eligible children, but one in three eligible children in San Diego have not been granted a wish. The President’s Circle will help narrow that gap and assist the organization in making every wish comes true.
Hélène and George Gould have supported the mission of Make-A-Wish San Diego for over a decade, leading extraordinary efforts in the organization’s fundraising goals. Hélène is also a founding member of the W.I.S.H Circle of Make-A-Wish San Diego, the dynamic women’s leadership group that supports its vision and mission.
Hélène’s involvement in the organization was inspired by the memory of her young nephew, Franck Alain Levy Dreyfus, who passed away 14 years ago. Hélène, who is originally from Southern France, is a fashion designer and a real estate investor, and George is a private investor.
“When Make-A-Wish San Diego told us about their goal to be able to reach each and every child in our great city, we were compelled to make a difference in the lives of these children,” said Hélène Gould. “George and I have pledged to match every dollar up to $250,000 for this initiative. We encourage others to consider donating and joining the President’s Circle to help make an even greater impact in San Diego, so that ALL of our local kids can have their wishes come true.”
Donors who give $50,000 or more will join the Goulds in the exclusive President’s Circle. For more information on the President’s Circle and how you can be a hero for a Wish Kid, contact Dana Vandersip at firstname.lastname@example.org. Membership benefits include invitations to exclusive events, commemorative items emblematic of your membership and the fulfillment that comes with knowing that you made an indelible impact on the life of a child. For more information about Make-A-Wish San Diego, visit sandiego.wish.org or call (858) 707-9474.