Vanessa Hudgens: Helping kids wishes come true

Youth Impact Report 2012: Power of Youth Honorees

WHO: Actress-singer Vanessa Hudgens’ breakthrough performance in Disney Channel’s hit “High School Musical” franchise led to roles in such upcoming films as “Frozen Ground” with John Cusack and Nicolas Cage, Ron Krauss’ indie “Gimme Shelter,” Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills” and Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September.

WHAT: The Make-a-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The organization was founded in 1980. Since then, it has succeeded in reaching more than 250,000 children around the world.

WHY: “I think that everybody should have a chance to follow their dreams, but sometimes following your dreams isn’t always that easy,” Hudgens says. “So when I was about 16 years old, I became involved with Make-a-Wish while filming ‘High School Musical.’ We would have set visits with kids. It was amazing. I love the idea of being able to give kids hope and happiness. I’ve been addicted to being a part of the organization ever since.”

WHAT’S NEXT: Hudgens says she tries to have a Make-a-Wish child attend each of her premieres. Make-a-Wish of Oregon’s annual Food, Wine & Wishes gala and auction will take place Oct. 13 at the Portland Art Museum.

Return to the Youth Impact Report 2012 >>

More Biz

  • Kevin Durant LeBron James

    Kevin Durant Praises LeBron James' Lakers Move

    WHO: Actress-singer Vanessa Hudgens’ breakthrough performance in Disney Channel’s hit “High School Musical” franchise led to roles in such upcoming films as “Frozen Ground” with John Cusack and Nicolas Cage, Ron Krauss’ indie “Gimme Shelter,” Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills” and Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September. WHAT: The […]

  • Jay-Z Rep: If Made in America

    If Made in America Isn't on the 'Rocky' Steps, It's Not Happening in Philadelphia, Jay-Z Rep Says

    WHO: Actress-singer Vanessa Hudgens’ breakthrough performance in Disney Channel’s hit “High School Musical” franchise led to roles in such upcoming films as “Frozen Ground” with John Cusack and Nicolas Cage, Ron Krauss’ indie “Gimme Shelter,” Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills” and Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September. WHAT: The […]

  • Kevin Durant Rich Kleiman

    Kevin Durant Shares His Media Biz Playbook at Variety Sports & Entertainment Breakfast

    WHO: Actress-singer Vanessa Hudgens’ breakthrough performance in Disney Channel’s hit “High School Musical” franchise led to roles in such upcoming films as “Frozen Ground” with John Cusack and Nicolas Cage, Ron Krauss’ indie “Gimme Shelter,” Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills” and Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September. WHAT: The […]

  • David-Zaslav-Discovery Sun Valley Conference

    A Look at Key Trends Facing Media and Tech Companies Ahead of Q2 Earnings

    WHO: Actress-singer Vanessa Hudgens’ breakthrough performance in Disney Channel’s hit “High School Musical” franchise led to roles in such upcoming films as “Frozen Ground” with John Cusack and Nicolas Cage, Ron Krauss’ indie “Gimme Shelter,” Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills” and Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September. WHAT: The […]

  • Spotify logo is presented on a

    Spotify Launches Feature to Help Artists, Labels Submit Music to Playlists

    WHO: Actress-singer Vanessa Hudgens’ breakthrough performance in Disney Channel’s hit “High School Musical” franchise led to roles in such upcoming films as “Frozen Ground” with John Cusack and Nicolas Cage, Ron Krauss’ indie “Gimme Shelter,” Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills” and Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September. WHAT: The […]

  • Comcast

    Comcast Drops Out of Bidding War With Disney for 21st Century Fox Assets to Focus on Sky

    WHO: Actress-singer Vanessa Hudgens’ breakthrough performance in Disney Channel’s hit “High School Musical” franchise led to roles in such upcoming films as “Frozen Ground” with John Cusack and Nicolas Cage, Ron Krauss’ indie “Gimme Shelter,” Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills” and Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September. WHAT: The […]

  • Harry Styles performs at the Greek

    Harry Styles Tour Tally: Nearly 1 Million Tickets Sold, $1.2 Million in Charity Donations (EXCLUSIVE)

    WHO: Actress-singer Vanessa Hudgens’ breakthrough performance in Disney Channel’s hit “High School Musical” franchise led to roles in such upcoming films as “Frozen Ground” with John Cusack and Nicolas Cage, Ron Krauss’ indie “Gimme Shelter,” Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills” and Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September. WHAT: The […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content