FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 25, 2014
MAKE-A-WISH® UTAH GLIDES INTO THE HOLIDAYS WITH “SKATING WITH SANTA” EVENT
SALT LAKE CITY— It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Make-A-Wish® Utah (MAWU) will be kicking off the holiday season with an extra sprinkle of wish magic at the Gallivan Center’s “Lights On” celebration.
As part of MAWU’s Season of Wishes campaign, Skating with Santa invites everyone of all ages to enjoy an evening of ice skating and holiday fun, Friday November 29, at 4:00 p.m. at the Gallivan Center. Rumor has it that Jolly ol‘ St. Nick will be there checking his list and taking photos with the kids.
The evening’s festivities will include letter writing to Santa through the Macy’s Believe Campaign — Macy’s will donate $1 for every letter (up to $1 million) sent to the North Pole, and performances by DJ Jon Smith and the American Ice Theatre. One of MAWU’s Wish Kids, 8-year-old Grady Lynch, who is battling A.U.L. Leukemia, will help “flip the switch,” turning on the Gallivan Center’s twinkling lights.
Single tickets for ice skating (skates included) can be purchased for $8 for adults, kids 11 and under and seniors for $7, children under the age of three are free. For more information about pricing and hours, visit www.thegallivancenter.com. Season of Wishes consists of various events from November to January, which help raise funds to make the wishes of children facing life-threatening medical conditions come true.
Make-A-Wish® Utah grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Located in its facility in Murray, A Wishing Place, MAWU offers a quality wish experience. For more information about Make-A-Wish® Utah, visit www.utah.wish.org.
Jon Smith, DJ
Jon Smith is the Mid-Day Guy and Music Director/Assistant Program Director on x96. Jon is a lifelong Utah resident, born and raised in Taylorsville. He's been on the air in Utah since 1996. Jon has been married for nearly 16 years, and is a self-proclaimed "right wing gun-nut". He loves anything that came out of the 1980's, spends way too much time in Disneyland, and was once given the "Key to the City" in St. George. (Wow!) He has a 6 month old daughter named Scarlett, and Jon is also a type 1 diabetic, so if he's in a bad mood take away his Oreos. That usually means his blood sugar is high. His dislikes include anchovies, people who don't use coasters, and writing radio station bios.
The American Ice Theatre of Utah
The American Ice Theatre of Utah is Utah's premier contemporary figure skating company. The American Ice Theatre fuses art, dance, and figure skating on ice bringing avant garde movement to the sport. Company members consist of Disney On Ice soloists, US National competitors, and principal skaters from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. The American Ice Theatre of Utah skate intermission shows for the Utah Grizzlies and the University of Utah Hockey Club. They also perform shows all over Northern Utah and are available for private events.