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Local Celebrities Visit Make-A-Wish Benefit

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Summer may be winding down in north-central West Virginia, but it's never too late for a luau party.

Local celebrities spent an "evening in paradise," all for a good cause.

The second annual Evening in Paradise benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of north-central West Virginia.

Many made their way to Friday's party looking to meet a local celebrities, including West Virginia University football Coach Dana Holgorsen and Bachelorette Emily Maynard.

"Anytime you can enhance the well being of a child is something really special," Holgorsen said. "I take that very serious, and I have three kids, and I just think it's a wonderful opportunity to make them feel really good about themselves."

Maynard said she was honored when Make-A-Wish asked her to come.

"Anyone that knows me knows that I love children, any kind of children," Maynard said. "Make-A-Wish is always something my hearts has gone out to and wanted to make a difference and wanted to help with."

Auction items including WVU memorabilia and a dress from Maynard were a few of the items auctioned off during the fundraiser. In all Make-A-Wish hoped to raise more than $100,000.

"I think when a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness Make a Wish comes in their lives and not only effects the child, it effects their whole family," said Marian Silverstein, President of Make-A-Wish. "So we come in at a time where it is much needed and bring absolutely the joy and happiness to these families."

Each year the North Central West Virginia branch grants 60 wishes. Make-A-Wish child Emily Henigin just returned from her trip in Disney and was excited to help give back.

"I think it's very important to have the benefits, to raise money for other kids so they can go do their wish too," Henigin said.