Wings, Wheels, and Wishes – Where Hope Soars

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By, Macy Goodnight; A truly uplifting event will be taking place on August 29, at Wings, Wheels, and Wishes, benefitting the Make a Wish Foundation.  This fan-favorite festival of flight and fenders is fuel for the soul!

Bill Campbell was a Wish recipient in 2005.  He is the beloved son of Event Coordinator, Cindi Conner.

In its 4th year, the annual fundraiser takes place in Collinsville at Airman Acres, 12600 N. 73rd E. Ave, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy fly-ins, a car show, food vendors, a kid zone, ice cream, a live DJ, raffle, silent auction, and more, all free to the public!  Flight enthusiasts can experience general aviation with a broad range of exhibits, including antique and modern planes, helicopters, and other flying machines.  The car show portion of the event will host an average of 80 registrants, and anything goes!  “The weirder, the better,” said event coordinator, Cindi Conner.  “If it’s got wheels and you think it’s cool, bring it!”  Registration for the car show begins at 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., with a $25 participation fee.  Trophy presentation is at 1:30 p.m.  A great show is promised, with lots of participants eager to make wishes come true for critically ill children.

Cindi got involved with Make A Wish when her son, Bill, was a recipient in 2005.  He received the coolest big yellow bus that had been converted into a playhouse, with all of his favorite stuff inside.  “He had the biggest smile that day!” said Cindi.  “For me, doing this event is personal.  I know what Make A Wish did for my son and for our family. It gives kids hope.”  Bill was all about cars and planes from a very young age.  Wings, Wheels, and Wishes was created and continues in his loving memory.  Each year, one lucky car show participant is chosen for the “Bill’s Favorite” award. 

“This is such a unique event and a really fun day,” Cindi said.  “You have to experience it.  Come and see it for yourselves.” More information and a schedule of activities can be found on their Facebook page @wings.wheels.wishes.

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