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Vote for The Little Wish Foundation in the 2015 Lids Foundation “Tip the Hat Award”

Voting Opens on February 2nd at 8 a.m.

For Immediate Release:
February 2, 2015

Chris Fultz, Indiana Sports Report, 219-314-8417
Brian Jessen, Indiana Sports Report, 317-627-0315
Therese Niemiec, Little Wish Foundation, 219-809-7653
Steve Kolodziej, Little Wish Foundation, 219-742-8912

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Little Wish Foundation needs your votes! After review applications from 47 other charities, the LIDS Foundation Board of Directors has narrowed the list down to the 5 finalists for the 2015 LIDS Foundation “Tip the Hat Award.” Together, The Indiana Sports Report and The Little Wish Foundation are rallying supporters in February of 2015 to cast a vote as the public will determine the “Tip the Hat Award” grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will win a piece of $300,000 and become a valued partner of the LIDS Foundation! Voting opens on Monday, February 2nd at 8:00 A.M. EST and closes on Saturday, February 14 at midnight. To vote for a charity, visit

For even more ways to help, make your voice heard! Use #2015TiptheHatAward and #LIDSFoundation in your social media posts on sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

The LIDS Foundation, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization and the philanthropic support of LIDS Sports Group, is excited to announce the kickoff of the 3rd annual nationwide “Tip the Hat Award” campaign. With a mission to support healthy and active youth programs, the LIDS Foundation is in search of charitable organizations with a similar focus.

This year, the LIDS Foundation will be awarding $300,000 to 5 organizations in celebration of this 3rd annual event.

The LIDS Foundation will be awarding the following amounts to the top 5 grant winners:
 First place: $125,000
 Second place: $75,000
 Third place: $50,000
 Fourth place: $25,000
 Fifth place: $25,000

As part of the application process, qualifying charitable organizations must have the support of at least one LIDS Sports Group (Hat World, Inc.) employee. Gifts to solicit employee sponsorships, be it financial or otherwise, are not permitted. This grant campaign provides an opportunity for the valued LIDS Sports Groups employees to be an advocate for their preferred charity.

ISR Little Wish

The Little Wish Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that was started by Liz Niemiec, at age 17, in the memory of Max Olson. Max was diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumor, a rare kidney cancer, In December of 2007. Unfortunately, his two and a half year battle ended on March 17, 2010. His courage and strength inspired Liz to keep his memory alive by helping other children with cancer.

Currently, the Little Wish Foundation deliver wishes to pediatric oncology patients at South Bend Memorial, Riley Children’s Hospital, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, Lutheran Children’s Hospital and Riley North in Carmel. Some “little wishes” items that have been given include laptop computers, Xbox360 & PS3 gaming systems, iPads & iPods, concert tickets, spa treatments, TVs, blu-ray DVD players & movies, pretty dresses and much more.

For more information on the Little Wish Foundation and donation opportunities, please visit Visitors can donate online via credit card, PayPal account, or by mail.

The Indiana Sports Report is proud to partner with The Little Wish Foundation to rally sports fans across Indiana to stand together in the fight against cancer. Check out ISR at

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