Frank Shankwitz is best known as the creator and a founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an extraordinary charity that grants wishes to children with life-threating illnesses. From humble beginnings, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is now a global organization that grants a child’s wish somewhere in the world on an average of every 28 minutes.
Frank is a U.S. Air Force veteran and has a long and distinguished career in law enforcement. He began as a Arizona Highway Patrol Motorcycle Officer, and retired as a Homicide Detective with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, with 42 years of service. Frank has been featured in numerous, books, publications, and television shows and has received several awards, including the White House Call To Service Award from President George W. Bush. In 2015 Frank joined six U.S. Presidents, as well as Nobel Prize winners and industry leaders as a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
In December,2015, Frank was presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree, Doctor of Public Service, from The Ohio State University. On December 30, 2015, Frank was identified as one of the “10 Most Amazing Arizonans” in a front page article in the Arizona Republic newspaper. On January 5, 2016, Frank was identified in a Forbes Magazine article as a Top Ten Keynote Speaker. Frank’s story will soon be featured in an upcoming Universal Studio motion picture, “Wish Man”.
Norm Clarke is an American gossip columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal in Las Vegas, Nevada. His column, “Vegas Confidential,” covers celebrities and near-celebrities and their doings in the bright lights of “Sin City.”