• FAMILY FOCUS: Weddington teen founds, hosts 4th annual Make-A-Wish fundraiser

    By: Allyson Sloway


    A teen from Weddington has a big goal to accomplish in the next two weeks.

    She's hoping to raise enough money to grant the wish of a child who is critically ill.

    Fourteen-year-old Anneleigh Twer was just five when she ran her first lemonade stand to raise money for Make-A-Wish.

    She said her mom has always taught her to think about others.

    “She's made sure that I know that this is what other kids are going through so don't ever take what you have for granted,” Anneleigh said.

    Three years ago, she put together her first Daddy-Daughter Date Night.      

    It's now an annual fundraiser for Make-A-Wish.

    While her parents certainly help, her mom said Anneleigh runs the show.

    “And I know a lot of people probably think it's driven by Michael and me, but it's really truly driven by her,” Anneleigh’s mother, Paige Twer, said.

    “I'm always trying to think of different ways to make it different and unique for every year so it's not the same thing,” Anneleigh said.

    The event gets bigger and more successful each year.

    Last year, she hit the magic number, $6,000, which is what it takes to grant one child's wish.

    “I granted Tonya's wish to go to Discovery Cove and swim with the dolphins,” Anneleigh said.

    It's a big undertaking for someone so young. Anneleigh’s days are still dominated by things like school and homework but her mom said she is just answering a calling.   

    “From the time she was 5 and now she's 14, we've tried really hard just not to get in the way because I do believe there are certain things she's meant to do. And who am I to get in the way of that?” Paige Twer said.

    The fourth annual Daddy-Daughter Date Night is Nov. 3rd, at the Chima Brazilian Steakhouse.

    The goal is once again at least $6,000 to grant the wish of one child.

    For more information, AnneLeigh's annual Daddy Daughter Date Night.

    To make a donation for Annaleigh's Make-A-Wish page, click here.

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