Wright, who is stationed at Camp Buehring in Kuwait, donated two campaign coins and a U.S. flag that will be auctioned off at Friday night's Make-a-Wish dance.
This is the fourth deployment overseas for Wright, who is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve 452nd Ordnance Company. The flag was flown over Camp Buehring on Veterans Day in honor of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of South Dakota.
She feels bad that she can't be here to help because she's always one of my best helpers, said Sue Fischer, one of the organizers of Friday's dance.
The items have been framed and will be sold via silent auction.
The 13th annual dance and benefit will be at the Ramkota Hotel. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cost: $15.
It has been a busy couple of years for Make-a-Wish in this area.
We usually grant two or three wishes a year, Fisher said. This week, the organization will grant its 13th one in 24 months.
Fischer and Bonnie Fisher, who is no relation, are the co-ambassadors for Make-a-Wish in the Aberdeen area.
They are always enthusiastic about the annual dance.
It's the best party in town. Seriously, it's fantastic, Fischer says.
She raves about Something New, which will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. In addition to the silent auction, the evening will include a paddle wheel, penny raffle, door prizes, hors d'oeuvres and party favors.
People come to the party in jeans or in dresses, she said.
Fifteen to 20 volunteers plan the dance every year. They start working in October, Fischer said. A number of area businesses donate to the cause.
Organizers work hard on the event because the money finances the wishes of youngsters with life-threatening illnesses, Fischer said.
She sees the difference that fulfilling a wish means to the kids. That wish usually involves a trip.
When they come back from their journey, the youngsters have a story to share. In telling the story, they relive the experience, Fischer said.
Make-a-Wish volunteers make sure that the send-off and welcome home are big events. There are always five to 10 people on hand to send off or welcome home a youngster at the airport.
For the dance, supplemental funds will be provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.