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Making An Impact

Melanie Barclay

Regional Director

Rapid City Make-A-Wish Foundation


In November 2012 Make-A-Wish opened the Rapid City office and hired Melanie Barclay to be the Regional Director. One of her premier projects–heading up the first Annual Walk For Wishes in May 2013 – raised more than $44,000 in less than three months. Of which, the proceeds are providing funding for several area children’s wishes to come true this year.

Melanie’s passion stems from personal experience.  She states, “The happiest memories we have of my brother were during his wish to Hawaii. He always said it was the best time of his life. For that we’ll always be grateful.”

Now Melanie works to promote the mission and vision of Make-A-Wish by raising awareness in our community. By coming along side local doctors, families, sponsors, and donors, Melanie is helping to educate and raise needed funds to make granting a wish to every eligible child a reality in our area. Melanie says, “I want people to know that Make-A-Wish is so much more than a vacation for a child and their family; it is hope, strength and a will to fight for a child that desperately needs it.”

It is passion like this that is Making an Impact in our community. Thank you Melanie for making wishes come true right here in the Black Hills.


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