Kaiser Permanente to Treat Make-A-Wish Families to Special Evening

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Kaiser Permanente is generously contributing the funds necessary to provide 600 San Diego Make-A-Wish representatives with a memorable evening at the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Thanks to San Diego’s largest not-for-profit health plan, Wish Kids and their families will be treated to the college football bowl game with tickets, a pre-game tailgate party and sweatshirts.

Kickoff for the 5th annual game is 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday, December 23rd at Qualcomm Stadium. The game features the University of Utah Utes against the California Golden Bears.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of San Diego has been the game’s beneficiary since its inception in 2005. The charity receives $1 from each game ticket sold. “Wish Kids” also play important roles in the game including flipping the coin, serving as honorary captains and retrieving the tee after the opening kickoff. Hundreds also participate in a pregame parade in the charity’s honor.

“The bowl’s partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego makes this game a unique and very special event,” said 2009 Bowl President Barbara Warden. “It’s heart-warming when corporate San Diego steps up and contributes as Kaiser Permanente did here. Hundreds of deserving families are in for quite an evening thanks to them.”

“We at Kaiser Permanente are so happy to be able to host the ‘Wish Kids’ and their families at the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl,” said Mary Ann Barnes, Senior Vice President and Executive Director for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. “Kaiser Permanente works closely with the Make-A-Wish Foundation throughout the year, and this is a very special opportunity for us to support Make-A-Wish and the families it serves.”

Kaiser Permanente is America’s leading integrated health plan. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is composed of the nonprofit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, the nonprofit Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and the for-profit Permanente Medical Groups. A group practice prepayment program headquartered in Oakland, CA, Kaiser Permanente began serving San Diego in 1967, and currently provides care for nearly 500,000 members throughout the county. More than 7,000 staff and 960 physicians care for our members at 21 medical facilities and at Kaiser Permanente’s San Diego Medical Center. The Medical Center has 392 licensed beds and a 56-bed Emergency Department. To learn more, visit the web site at

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