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Co-Founder and First President of Make-A-Wish Foundation, to Hold Public Events at St. Norbert College

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From St. Norbert College, May 1, 2019
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

Frank Shankwitz, co-founder and first president of the Make-A-Wish® Foundation and St. Norbert College’s commencement speaker will hold several public events at St. Norbert College beginning May 10.

The following events are free and open to the public:

“How a Worldwide Charity Grew from a Young Boy’s Wish”
Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m.
Walter Theatre, St. Norbert College

TitleTown Publishing author book-signing featuring three-time Super Bowl champion Harry Sydney
Saturday, May 11, from 9 to 11 a.m.
St. Norbert College Bookstore (Todd Wehr Hall)
“Faith in Action: A Reflection on Servant Leadership”
Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m.
Old St. Joe’s Church, St. Norbert College

“Kindness, Close Calls and the Magic of Making Wishes Come True” Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. Walter Theatre, St. Norbert College
In 1980, Shankwitz, along with his wife, Kitty, and several others, founded the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Thirty-nine years later, Make-A-Wish grants wishes through 62 chapters located throughout the United States and operates in 45 other countries around the world. Since its founding, the nonprofit foundation has granted approximately 480,000 wishes to children worldwide. Make-A-Wish granted 15,600 wishes last year alone – on average, one every 34 minutes.

Shankwitz is a notable public speaker and was recognized as the No. 1 keynote speaker in 2016 by Forbes Magazine. The author of two books, “Wish Man” and “Once Upon A Wish.” A major motion picture based on Shankwitz’s books and life has been filmed and will be released in 2019.

Travis Vanden Heuvel, a 2009 St. Norbert College alumnus and president and chief executive officer of TitleTown Publishing, acquired the rights for “Wish Man” in 2018 and recently announced that the national launch of Shankwitz’s first children’s book, “Wishes Don’t Wash Dishes,” will take place in De Pere, Wis., in May.

For more information, contact Vanden Heuvel at

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