Several other MLB representatives were on hand to welcome the Make-A-Wish kids to town, including Tim Brosnan, executive VP, business; Jacqueline Parkes, senior VP, marketing and advertising; Sharon Robinson, VP, educational programming and Jana Perry, manager of community affairs and educational programming. Bearemy, from the Build-A-Bear workshop, came to visit the kids at the reception as well.The six families had a chance to meet the MLB and Make-A-Wish representatives and get to know the other participating families. The kids were happy to meet everyone and learn about all the festivities they will take part in throughout the week. "I'm excited, I'm totally pumped for this," said Simone, who said he's a Yankees fan and he's rooting for the American League in the All-Star Game. "I've always followed baseball, and since I got surgery, it's really the only sport I can play. I've just been following it since I was a kid." The children received an assortment of gifts from MLB and its partners. Each of them received a cutomized All-Star jersey, an All-Star hat and T-shirt, a Jackie Robinson Breaking Barriers video, a giant, baseball-themed Pez dispenser, a bag full of baseball goodies, a personal XM satelite radio with a free lifetime subscription and a tote bag of other fun items from XM. MLB has granted more than 50 wishes to Make-A-Wish children at its "jewel" events, and both organizations look forward to the continued partnership in the future. "I think one of the things Major League Baseball understands very clearly are wishes and dreams, because they make stars -- out of a homegrown boy that wants to be a baseball player -- so when we approach them on wishes, they really get it," said Kerryann Tomlinson, senior manager of celebrity and mission resources for Make-A-Wish. "They understand what that whole idea of a 'wish' is, and they put their all into it."
Christie Cowles is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.