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12/15/04-Tyler

Make-A-Wish Benefits From Painting Raffle

Wishes came true for a few people today, thanks to the donation of a beautiful painting by a local business.

Tyler's Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery, raffled off a painting to benefit the local Make-A-Wish Foundation. The painting is appropriately titled Make-A-Wish Cottage. The gallery set a goal of raising around three-thousand dollars. That's the average cost to fulfill the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

"We've learned that 80 percent of the wish children become survivors. We'd like to think that making a wish come true for a child makes a difference and we'd like to be a part of that," says Jo Anne McMeans of the Thomas Kinkade Gallery.

Four year old Taylor, a wish child from Lindale, drew the winning ticket. The winner of the painting, valued at thirteen-hundred dollars, was a ticket purchaser named Cliff Williamson.

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