The Anaheim park’s franchise jewel closed early to the general public in order to conduct a celebration for Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire chapters.
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The fundraiser, dubbed Galaxy of Wishes, brought together supporters, wish families, corporate partners, special honorees, and one Star Wars legend for a night of rides, food, drinks, and live music, all in the name of fulfilling wishes for children who are fighting serious diseases.
The show also made some dreams come true for WME partner Richard Weitz who was honored alongside daughter and pandemic partner-in-philanthropy, Demi Weitz.
After turning a Zoom concert experiment during lockdown into a charity juggernaut, the couple and their RWQuarantunes became a pandemic phenomenon, earning upwards of $27.5 million for more than 50 nonprofit partners with the participation of more than 500 performers, many of whom were big celebrities.
Mark Hamill, star of the Star Wars franchise, even traveled to Disneyland Resort to present the honor to the Weitz family. They previously met at a fundraiser for Josh Groban’s Find Your Light Foundation and the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative at the Los Angeles Coliseum, of which Mark and Marilou Hamill have been longtime supporters.
“You gotta see these two together,” Hamill told the crowd. “I have a daughter, and it’s a very special relationship between a father and daughter. I see so much of Chelsea and me in Richard and Demi. They have done amazing things for everyone. I can’t think of any two people in the world that deserve the Make-A-Wish Philanthropic Leadership Award than dynamic Richard and delightful Demi Weitz.”
Richard revealed his three favorite things in life are his daughter, Disneyland, and Star Wars (“and not necessarily in that order”). “So when Jimminy Crickett sings “When You Wish Upon A Star, I can now say I know what it feels like to have a wish granted,” continued Weitz, whose fandom includes a life-sized Stormtrooper in his WME office and a guest appearance from Darth Vader at his star-studded 50th birthday party.
“Luke Skywalker giving us an award from Make-A-Wish at Stars Wars: Galaxy’s edge in Disneyland!”
The program served as a sort of reunion, as the Weitz’s RWQuarantunes had previously worked with the charity to stage a Zoom fundraiser last year. Demi reflected on how the event drew her closer to Aniya, a Make-A-Wish recipient.
“Her performance on that Zoom was so captivating. I’ve kept in touch with her throughout the year, she’s been updating me about her life and I am so proud of her for getting cast in a production of Dreamgirls. She’s definitely one to look out for and I’m honoured to call her a role model and friend.”
Last December’s event raised more than $750,000, and Richard stated that the objective for Tuesday was to raise more than $3 million. Galaxy of Wishes brought about $2.5 million, bringing RWQuarantunes’ total to a little over $30 million. The cameo in Galaxy’s Edge was the latest in a series of appearances for RWQuarantunes, which began as a series based in their Beverly Hills kitchen.
They traveled from Los Angeles to New York to perform high-profile appearances on behalf of organizations such as the Hollywood Bowl, Dodger Stadium, Ahmanson Theatre, Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre, and in San Diego with the Beach Boys and John Stamos.
“This all started out as a conversation with my dad and simply a new way to spend time together. Who knew writing a link on a piece of paper and flashing it on our first zoom would translate to disrupting the philanthropic landscape,” recalled Demi. “As we hosted our Quarantines, we formed a strong and intimate community, a key component of all of this. Quarantines brought so much life into people’s homes during such bleak times.”
The series also carried her through from her 17th birthday to now as a freshman at Stanford University. “I am no longer that complacent and insecure teenager but a discerning advocate, working toward a viable future. I’ve embraced my role, my resources and access within my community to help organizations like Make-A-Wish,”
Demi said of overcoming self-doubt and stepping into this new role in her life. “Every day I wake up with an innate curiosity to learn and lead. I have a new purpose.”
It also brought the Weitz family closer together. “Demi, doing this with you has been the greatest joy and accomplishment of my life,” said the power agent. “Being here is so special and I will never, ever forget this moment. I love you so much.”
On Tuesday night, there were others who were feeling the love as well. The RWQuarantunes regular DJ Cassidy kicked off the Galaxy of Wishes concert with an opening set that included Montell Jordan, Lisa Lisa, and Morris Day.
Entertainment Tonight star Kevin Frazier served as host, filling in for Anthony Anderson, who was unable to attend owing to his commitments on the new Law & Order. The band Fitz and the Tantrums closed up the concert after the awardee’s program, which saw another trophy presented to the Los Angeles Chargers and team owners Dean and Susie Spanos.
The Chargers Dean Spanos and Susie Spanos appear onstage with Disneyland Resorts President Ken Potrock, who stated that since giving the organization its initial dream, Disney has been entrusted with bringing dreams to life for more than 145,000 children all across the world.
“We are honoured that, traditionally, among out of every 2 dreams given in the United States has actually been a Disney desire,” Patrick stated. “Tonight is exceptionally unique. It’s everything about aiding children and promising to children and their family members when they require it most. A desire brings pleasure and joy to children with crucial health problems, assisting them to forget health centres, physicians and therapies to ensure that they can just be a child.”
Make a wish is definitely doing a great job for fulfilling the dream of little stars who are fighting with some serious disease. We congratulate the team for collecting a huge amount for these little stars and appreciate their hard work and positive thinking.