Contact: Julia Vail (919) 307-8132

April 28, 2012

For Immediate Release

Former wish recipient accepts unclaimed property check on behalf of organization

RALEIGH - State Treasurer Janet Cowell presented an unclaimed property check for $4,460 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina at the Southern Women’s Show on Saturday, April 28. The presentation took place the day before World Wish Day, the anniversary of the first wish that inspired the creation of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Returning unclaimed cash is one of the most fun parts of my job,” Cowell said. “When I can return funds to support such a worthy cause, it makes the experience even more rewarding.”

Eighteen-year-old Angelika Barth, Burkitt’s lymphoma survivor and former wish recipient, accepted the check on behalf of the foundation. Barth has been actively involved in fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for six years.

“I’ve seen firsthand the power of a wish,” Barth said. “My family and I were granted my wish to go to Australia, and it’s such a great memory. So for this money to go to someone else is very special.”


Unclaimed Property Program:
Unclaimed property consists of bank accounts, wages, utility deposits, stocks, bonds, and other property types that have been abandoned due to a loss of communication or oversight. The Unclaimed Property Division of the N.C. Department of State Treasurer returned more than $44 million in unclaimed cash in 2011. North Carolinians can search for unclaimed property at

Make-A-Wish Foundation:
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina has one purpose - to grant wishes to children between the ages of 2½ and 18 with life-threatening medical conditions. For more information, visit