Around 100 guests showed up on April 1 for Fantasy RV Tours’ 10th Reunion RV Rally in Nashville, Tenn., which included making a substantial and precious gift to Make-A-Wish of Middle Tennessee during a “Mystery Auction.”
According to a press release, the live auction featured wrapped mystery gifts, with gag clue gift on top. Although they did not know what was in each box, Fantasy guests enjoyed bidding and imagining what their prize might be, while also raising funds for Make-A-Wish.
This year’s Fantasy Rally donation will make three children’s wishes come true as each wish averages about $10,000 in costs.
“Our goal is to grant 175 wishes this year, and to get three from this rally in a matter of two hours is really amazing and special,” said Fantasy RV Tours founder Nel Filliger. “I was somewhat surprised. We all know the power that a wish can have but seeing the way Fantasy’s guests responded to the call to action was incredible. When people believe in the power of a wish and see the impact that it can have, really cool things can happen.”
Filliger has a strong personal connection to Make-A-Wish. Her 12-year-old grandson Dylan Prunty suffers from mitochondrial disease – a rare genetic disorder which causes his cells to not create enough energy to sustain his body. He has spent most of his life in Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif., where he has undergone several surgeries and suffers from immense pain. Over the years, he has become an expert at building intricate Lego sets which helps him deal with severe pain.
In 2014 The Lego Corporate Group and Make-A-Wish arranged for Dylan to not only visit Legoland but also to work with their master builders to design a replica of Children’s Hospital, even including the hospital helicopter pad where Dylan has been airlifted to several times and Dylan’s own hospital room. After a dream weekend at Legoland, Dylan and his family returned to Los Angeles via train.
In 2015, Fantasy RV Tours held its first Mystery Auction and has continued the event each year raising nearly $100,000 for local Make-A-Wish chapters.
“Make-A-Wish uses the money to make wishes come true,” said Filliger, noting this year’s fundraiser was the most successful ever. “They organize everything – some wishes are more complex than others, but Make-A-Wish captures the heartfelt wish of each child.”