Make-A-Wish® North Dakota has named Amanda Godfread as its first-ever Regional Director located in Bismarck-Mandan. She will begin her position April 16, 2018, with one of her first activities being the World of Wishes fundraising event in Bismarck on May 5.
Godfread brings over 15 years of public relations experience to this new role for the statewide chapter. Amanda graduated from the University of North Dakota (UND) with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and French and served her alma mater through the Alumni Association and UND Foundation for seven years. She has also served the state of North Dakota through the Office of the Governor before becoming the Director of Strategic Engagement at Odney. She was one of the founders of the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, and in 2015, Amanda was named one of the top professionals in the upper Midwest by Prairie Business magazine in its annual 40 under 40 list. She has served as a Make-A-Wish volunteer for the past year. Amanda and her husband, Jon, have three children.
“Amanda carries our mission in her heart. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Make-A-Wish team and are excited for the future of our North Dakota chapter given her exceptional leadership,” said Billi Jo Zielinski, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish North Dakota.
With the chapter’s statewide headquarters based in Fargo, Godfread will be the liaison to the western part of North Dakota for wish families, donors, media, volunteers and other community partners. The chapter has a staff of seven and over 150 volunteers across the state.
"Our state is blessed with many community-minded individuals, and I look forward to channeling the time, talent and resources they are willing to give to literally make wishes come true for critically ill children," said Godfread. "My professional goal has always been to make a positive difference in the lives of others so this opportunity is one I'm accepting with passion and enthusiasm."
Make-A-Wish North Dakota creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness.
When a wish comes true, it creates strength, hope and transformation. Since its inception, Make-A-Wish North Dakota has granted more than 850 wishes. Forty-eight wishes were granted last fiscal year and more than 50 kids are in the process of receiving a wish. The average cash cost of a wish is nearly $7,000. To qualify, kids need to be between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 and facing a critical illness at the time of referral. Visit northdakota.wish.org or call 800.362.9474 for more information.