EPB fiber optics leaders announced a fundraiser that will benefit Make-A-Wish East Tennessee. (Photo: Contributed)

EPB fiber optics announced the launch of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a communitywide fundraising drive that will benefit Make-A-Wish East Tennessee during its first year.

As an annual initiative, Neighbors Helping Neighbors will showcase a different nonprofit organization each year and design a fundraising drive to match the recipient’s mission.

This year, Make-A-Wish East Tennessee was selected to assist them in fulfilling the wishes of a growing number of area children facing life-threatening illnesses, according to a news release.

"We are fortunate to be a part of a giving community and to be able to support Make-A-Wish East Tennessee," EPB marketing manager Beth Johnson said in a prepared statement. "We know that through the generosity of our community, we can collectively support this remarkable local cause that makes a true difference in the lives of hundreds of children living in our area."

For 2017, the Neighbors Helping Neighbors fundraiser has invited three local television celebrities to make a "celebrity wish" and ask the community to vote for the one they would like to be granted.

The community can "vote" by making a donation to Make-A-Wish on that celebrity’s fundraising page.

EPB fiber optics will cover the expense of granting the winning celebrity wish, while all donations made in the name of the wish will go directly to Make-A-Wish East Tennessee.

All three of this year’s celebrities chose a wish to benefit others.

WRCB news anchor Cindy Sexton’s wish is to give Jerry Cope, a cancer survivor who recently adopted two children with his wife, a trip to Disney World.

WTVC meteorologist Brian Smith’s wish is to throw a luau for Make-A-Wish East Tennessee families featuring renowned barbecue grillmaster Stephen Raichlen.

WDEF meteorologist Chip Chapman’s wish is to invite all children in our area who have been touched by cancer to share an evening together at the Chattanooga Zoo.

To vote for the wishes by making a donation to Make-A-Wish East Tennessee, click here

A leaderboard will be updated daily to reflect which local celebrity has the most votes/donations.

On June 30, EPB will announce the wish they will be granting based on which one draws the most support from the community.

All donations will go directly to Make-A-Wish East Tennessee and are tax-deductible.