Among the presence of Obie Wan Kenobi and storm troopers from the hit movie series, Star Wars, on Saturday night, Mt. Juliet youngster Gabe Anderson was granted a long-time wish.
The Make-A-Wish child was told in front of 500 Make-A-Wish supporters at the Country Music Hall of Fame he and his family were going to Disney World. The Star Wars characters are part of the Disney family.
Anderson did not know about the surprise and simply thought he was there to enjoy the evening.
“I’m super excited,” he said after the announcement. “I did not expect it at all. I didn’t know why the participants to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are incredibly grateful to all the donors, wish families and celebrities who came together to raise $314,000 for wish kids in Middle Tennessee.”
The evening included performances by country music artists Lee Greenwood, Maggie Rose and Tim Rushlow.
For more information on Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, visit middletennessee.wish.org.