Her Wish Comes True: San Ramon Teen To Meet Justin Bieber!

"Make-A-Wish" send-off Friday at Walnut Creek Macy's; Fremont kids write 30,000 "Dear Santa" letters, raise $60K.

Shelbi Zeien is meeting The Biebs!

Seventeen-year-old Shelbi of San Ramon, along with her family, is heading in January to a meet-and-greet with her singing-sensation idol, Justin Bieber, as part of the Bay Area's Make-A-Wish program.

Shelbi, who suffers from an autoimmune disease that has prevented her body from thriving and stunted her growth, has been a Bieber fan for four years, admiring how hard he works and how well he treats fans.

On Friday, Macy’s of Walnut Creek is rolling out the red carpet for Shelbi at a "wish enhancement" reception that includes a limo ride and a personal shopper and coincides with the retailer's "National Believe Day."

And adding to Friday's festivities, more than 30,000 "Dear Santa" letters from students in the Fremont Unified School District will be delivered to Macy's -- arriving via fire truck from a local department -- that will trigger $60,000 in donations to Make-A-Wish, according to staff.

Fremont's Azevada School teacher Claudine Dentoni spearheaded the Fremont letter-writing campaign, said Jen Wilson, marketing and promotions manager for Bay Area's Make-A-Wish.

For each "Dear Santa" letter received throughout the holiday season as part of its "Believe" campaign, Macy’s donates $1 to Make A-Wish, up to $1 million. But on "Believe Day," Dec. 14, Macy’s doubles that, donating $2 per letter, with a $500,000 maximum donation cap.

Last year, Dentoni collected about 5,000 Santa letters from children through her Azevada school connections, Wilson said. This year, Dentoni expanded her efforts to include the entire Fremont district. 

High school students from Fremont will be on hand Friday to present the letters, Wilson said, adding that their contributions will fund “adoption” of more than six wishes.

Macy's encourages the public to bring letters stamped and addressed to "Santa at The North Pole" to letterboxes inside Macy's stores as part of the holiday fundraiser.

Restaurant Lark Creek Walnut Creek is also hosting Shelbi and her family
for a "Believe Day" dinner.

Shelbi heads out Jan. 8 to Colorado for her official Biebs meet-and-greet. 

The Walnut Creek Macy's is located at 1301 Broadway Plaza.

For more information on Make-A-Wish Foundation Greater Bay Area Chapter, volunteer opportunities or ways to donate, visit its web page here.

To learn more about Macy's "Believe" campaign and "National Believe Day," view the company's website at www.macys.com/believe.

Debi December 11, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I wish they did things like this for adults! I'm such a fan of Make A Wish they are an amazing foundation! So happy for this young lady. I was wondering what kind of autoimmune disorder, as my sister has and autoimmune disorder also. Thanks and God Bless:) Merry Christmas!
Steve April 26, 2013 at 04:57 PM


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