John Paul Serna's wish is the first to attend the Super Bowl, receiving national coverage
March 16, 1982
Board meeting held: Board member Bill Drury presides; Therese Dotson, Dolli Peralta, Linda Dozoretz, Vicky Foster added to board.
August 12, 1982
Board meeting to elect officers held:
President: Tommy Austin
Secretary: Grace LaScala
Treasurer: Dolli Peralta
October 24, 1982
Letter of request to cease using the Make-A-Wish name sent to all unaffiliated groups.
January 26, 1983
Board decides to form committees to structure workload more consistently.
March 24, 1983
Attorney Gil Rudolph speaks to board about formation of national Make-A-Wish organization, saying eight affiliates have been signed and six more are pending; he suggests a structure for national organization with national board.
May 25, 1983
Board meeting with formation of National Make-A-Wish Foundation, national board selected: Phil Bystrom, Bill Drury, Linda Dozoritz, Jose Montilla and Dolli Peralta; alternates are Linda Kaplan and Tommy Austin.
November 29, 1983
Board meeting to determine division of funds between local and national boards.
President Ronald Reagan grants first presidential wish at White House Tree Lighting ceremony.
January 25, 1984
Dolli Peralta becomes executive director of Arizona chapter board.
Article about Make-A-Wish reports that 82 wishes have been granted since 1980.
June 21, 1984
Tommy Austin resigns from board and is made Honorary Life Member of the Arizona Make-A-Wish chapter.
January 3, 1985
Board meeting with election of new officers:
President: Linda Kaplan
Executive vice-president: Geoffrey Bruce
Administrative vice-president: Kathy McMorris
Secretary: Carol Francis
Treasurer: William Keenan
February 7, 1985
Phoenix Mayor Terry Goddard proclaims March 1985 Make-A-Wish Month.