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A San Diego-based company donated $45,000 to the local arm of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Monday.

The money came from First Allied employees who participated in year-round fundraising efforts coordinated by the company’s in-house First Philanthropy program, according to a statement from the financial services firm.

The money will go toward granting the wishes of five children with life-threatening medical conditions in San Diego and Imperial Counties, including a 4-year-old boy who has leukemia and wants to go to Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii, and a 15-year-old boy with Cystic Fibrosis who wants to meet the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“Supporting charities, especially those focused on enhancing the lives of children in need, is part of the First Allied culture,” said company President Kevin Keefe in a statement. “Our employees and financial advisors enjoy getting together to raise funds for worthy causes and their enthusiasm and commitment to community service grows stronger every year.”

—City News Service

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