The Make-A-Wish Foundation was formed in 1980 to grant wishes to children suffering from life threatening diseases. The foundation’s main objective has been to enrich the lives of these children and inspire hope and strength in the face of illness. Since starting, Make-A-Wish has fulfilled a wide variety of requests, many of which involve a child spending time with one of their favorite celebrity personalities. Starting in 1990, Make-A-Wish began awarding its biggest celebrity Wish Granters with the Chris Greicius Award, named for the first child to receive a wish granted by the foundation. Here are 15 celebrities whose dedication to making a child’s dream was honored with the Chris Greicius Award from Make-A-Wish.
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Famous comedian George Lopez received the award in 2008.
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Pop superstar Justin Bieber was honored in 2011 for granting 90 wishes. His Believe Charity Drive also benefits a number of charities, among them Make-A-Wish.
Dave Matthews Band
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Dave Matthews Band garnered the award by granting up to 19 wishes by 2009.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star has been garnering headlines for his Wish Granting since at least 2004, and was honored with the Chris Greicus Award in 2007.
Adam Sandler won the award for his wish-granting contributions in 2003. Many of the comedy film repertoire featured in the actor’s films are also regular wish granters. These include Kevin James, who hosted a Make-A-Wish Carnival with his wife in 2010.
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The Ted star was honored for achievements in 2002. Wahlberg hasn’t limited his “Wish-Granting” there– he is also the founder of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, which raises funds to help support the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
The Jonas Brothers
The Jonas Brothers were honored in 2010 for granting over 130 wishes over the course of three years.
Johnny Depp’s achievements in Wish Granting were recognized with the award in 2005. The actor grabbed headlines for one particular wish, where he met a group of Wish-ers on the set of Dark Shadows, dressed in full Barnabas Collins make-up and accompanied by by director Tim Burton .
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Pop Diva Mariah Carey was awarded in 2006, not only for granting dozens of wishes but also for a contributing six figure donation that funded twenty other wishes.
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Retired Utah Jazz player Karl Malone was the only celebrity awarded in 1996. At the time, he was one of the most-active Wish Granters in all the NBA.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
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The WWE wrestler and action movie superstar was awarded as early in 2000 for his contributions and continues to be an active Wish Granter today.
WWE Superstar John Cena first received the award in 2009. Since then he has been recognized for granting a milestone of 300 wishes. This makes the superstar the the all-time, record-breaking Wish Making champ among his celebrity peers.