A group of area businesses, led by Wicked Tuna, are sponsoring ‘Wicked Wishes’, a live music event to benefit Make-A-Wish South Carolina. Wicked Wishes will be held outside Wicked Tuna in Murrells Inlet on Saturday, Oct. 12 1 p.m. to 6p.m. and feature performances by the Kevin Nichols Band, the Jebb Mac Band, and the Yale Brothers. In addition to the musical entertainment, there will be several family activities including a silent auction, the Galactic Troopers from the 501st Legion, a bounce house, and more. Adam Dellinger, host of the GATOR 107.9 Morning Show, will emcee the event. General admission tickets ($10) and VIP tickets ($50) for the rain-or-shine event are available on Eventbrite or at the event. Children under twelve get in free. For more information or to donate or contribute goods & services for the silent auction, visit wickedwishessc.com.

Sponsoring partners include Banton Media, iHeart Media Myrtle Beach, Sandpiper Entertainment, Sweetwater Brewing Company, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, & Wicked Tuna.

Karen Lucht, regional development officer of Make-A-Wish South Carolina, said, “It’s wonderful that the people and business community in the greater Myrtle Beach area have rallied around this exciting event to benefit Make-A-Wish. Our chapter is celebrating 35 years of wish granting in South Carolina and we’ve been fortunate to have had the support of the Grand Strand community over the years. The organization of this event demonstrates how much the coastal community is ready to help for many more years. This event is key to increasing the awareness and impact of our mission in the coastal Carolina area. Funds raised from this event will contribute to our ability to grant wishes to local kids. A wish isn’t just a nice, heartwarming experience. It’s a necessity that gives kids the mental stamina to face their illness and fight it. Community partners are essential to making wishes happen.” Lucht continued to say, “Myrtle Beach is an important part of the Make-A-Wish experience for our kids and also as a destination for wish kids from other states. In the last few months alone, we’ve been able to grant wishes to three children from the Myrtle Beach area.”

Stephanie Parsons, General Manager of Wicked Tuna, added, “Last year, we had a very successful ‘Caroline’s Galaxy’ fundraising drive for Make-A-Wish where we donated all the proceeds from young Caroline’s delicious dessert. This year, we wanted to do something bigger. So, we reached out to some of our business partners to invite them to join us in hosting Wicked Wishes. The response has been beyond our expectations as our on-board sponsors are committing monetary donations, good/services, time, and resources to throw this exciting event. We expect a big turn-out and a successful fundraising event. Our collective vision is to make Wicked Wishes an annual event.”