From 2014 to 2019, the Ferrari Owners Charitable Foundation partnered with Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, and Make-A-Wish Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada. Together, we have created over 200 life-changing experiences for children with critical illnesses.
The organization’s extensive history can be traced to the spring of 1980. 7-year-old Christopher James Greicius was being treated for leukemia. He had always wanted to be a police officer. U.S. Customs Officer Tommy Austin befriended Chris and worked with officers at the Arizona Department of Public Safety to plan an experience to lift Greicius’ spirits. Chris spent the day as a police officer, rode in a police helicopter, received a custom-tailored police uniform, and was sworn in as the first honorary DPS patrolman in state history. Greicius passed away soon after, but his wish became inspiration for the world’s largest wish- granting organization.
Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes through its 62 chapters located throughout the country. Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area is one of the largest of the organization’s chapters nationwide, serving 17 Bay Area Counties and granting over 400 wishes per year, including the phenomenally successful “Batkid” wish in November 2013, when more than twenty thousand people in San Francisco turned out to realize the dream of one young boy, to be Batkid for a day.
Learn more at the charity’s website: sf.wish.org
Over the course of our five-year partnership, FOCF’s annual FOG Rally has raised over $1.45M to date and funded over 145 Wishes for Bay Area children served by this charity.