FALL 2011 CELEBRATING YEARS OF MAGIC AND MEMORIES 25 “I Wish to Go to Comic Con.” Wish Kid Patrick July 21st and Patrick began his VIP of Westchester County has always experience. Over four days, he was enjoyed reading comic books, escorted through many exhibits, including Japanese anime and all including “Kodansha Comics” things manga (“comics”). After (creators of Love Hina and Sailor his diagnosis of osteosarcoma and Moon); “The Penguins of Mada- the partial amputation of his leg, gascar” with producers of Kim Patrick knew his wish would be to Possible, Wolverine, X-Men, meet his favorite Japanese anime Madagascar, Futurama and artist, Ken Akamatsu. However, The Cleveland Show; and the due to the tragic eﬀects of the “FUNimation Industry Panel” recent tsunami and hurricane about North America’s leaders in in Japan, his wish could not be anime. Patrick was also a special fulﬁlled. Patrick wasn’t too down guest of the panel “Marvel vs. about the status of his initial wish Capcom” where fans “fought” since he knew the situation was against each other for fantastic dire. In fact, he had another wish prizes! He was also a special guest in mind: to go to Comic Con in of the panel “Filipino Invasion,” San Diego! which featured Filipino comic artists, including Tony Dezuniga, Comic Con is creator of Jonah Hex. an annual convention for Upon returning home from comic lovers his trip, Patrick could only ﬁnd — and perfect one word to describe his wish: for Patrick! FANTASTIC! He and his family Him and his had a great time and extend their family were deepest thanks and gratitude to all picked up by a the Make-A-Wish staﬀ and vol- limousine on unteers who helped make his wish July 20th and possible. Patrick’s wish was not brought to only an amazing experience but their ﬂight to also opened him up to the anime San Diego. and comic industry. After meeting The conven- some great mentors, Patrick is now tion began on considering anime as a career path! What Is Certain in Uncertain Times THE WISH HOUSE 832 South Broadway The tumultuous times we live in have made Tarrytown, NY 10591 “uncertainty” the buzzword of the day. tions, corporations and foundations who, Uncertainty permeates today’s ﬁnancial despite these diﬃcult economic times, con- (914) 478-9474 (WISH) tinue to step up and contribute generously 800-844-8232 markets both nationally and worldwide. Uncertainty describes the daily political scene to make wishes come true. FAX: (914) 478-8245 Email: hudson.wish.org in Washington DC, while countries around www.hudson.wish.org the world experience political and economic Foundation® of the Hudson Valley has granted upheaval. almost 2,000 wishes. We have seen the number BOARD OF DIRECTORS However, right here in the Hudson Valley, of children referred to us increase as well as the Tony Cardone cost of wishes. The average cost of a wish today Board Chair there are some things that are certain: Tom Sullivan Vice Chair care about the economy or politics. They What is also certain is that our passion for just want their child who is facing a life- the mission remains strong. We invite you to Michael J. Kwinn, Jr. Secretary threatening medical condition to get well continue to work with us to make sure every and be happy. They want their child’s one eligible child in the Thomas Blaney Treasurer true, heartfelt wish to be granted. Hudson Valley will get to realize their one true, heartfelt wish. DIRECTORS Kids felt the hope, strength and joy that Nick Alvarez comes from having their wish come true. Jason Blake Markus Erb, M.D. Thomas J. Conklin Sue Esposito time, talent and treasures to make wishes President and CEO Preston Felton come true. Howard Goldstein Jennifer Herodes Barry Richman Taste of the Hudson Valley Honorable Thomas P. Zugibe On July 28, 2011, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of MEDICAL ADVISOR the Hudson Valley held its 10th Annual Taste of the Claudio Sandoval, M.D. Hudson Valley Donor Thank You Dinner at Crabtree’s Kittle House. The night would not have been possible LEGAL COUNSEL without the dedication of John Crabtree and Greg Kevin T. Conway, Esq. Gilbert who have hosted and organized this event We are grateful to the for the past 10 years. Chefs and vendors from some following establish- STAFF of the best restaurants in the Hudson Valley donated ments for sharing their their time and culinary talents serving up special Event Organizer/Chef Thomas J. Conklin Greg Gilbert, Wish Alumni time and talents to help President & CEO dishes for donors to sample. create a memorable Donovan, Wish Kid Travis Abraham Almanza and Crabtree Kittle House’s evening: This year the Kenneth R. Wolff Award was presented Volunteer Manager to Barbara Davis of All Around Travel. Barbara has John Crabtree 121 Restaurant Bruno Andersson demonstrated the same characteristics of compas- 42 Finance Manager sion, integrity and dedication as Ken had during the Abruzzi Trattoria Denise D’Amico toughest of times. Ken once served as Chairman of Beau Joie Vice President of Program Services the Board for our Chapter, but during his tenure, he Bedford Post Kathy Glynn was diagnosed with cancer. Throughout his struggle Café of Love Wish Coordinator with the disease, he still managed to become one of Captain Lawrence the driving forces in the organization. Brewery Debbie Heidecorn Cheshire Tree Major Gifts Manager The Cookery Sharon Hodne Iron Horse Grill Chef Crabtree’s Kittle House Wish Coordinator Phil McGrath and Wish The Great American Child Dream Barbecue Company Tara Thorne Iron Horse Grill Development Manager KVL Brian Van Steen Lagond Music School, Inc. Oﬃce Manager Margaret Fox Photography Newsletter Edited by: Memphis Mae’s BBQ Bistro Linda Mallon Dias, Wish Volunteer Mima Restaurant & Zuppa Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the Restaurant North Hudson Valley is a 501(c)(3), Sonora Restaurant not-for-proﬁt organization registered Board Member Michael J. Kwinn, Jr., Crabtree Kittle X20 Xaviars on the Hudson in the State of New York. X2O Xaviars On The House’s John Crabtree, President/CEO Tom Conklin and Hudson Chef Peter Kelly Board Member Tom Blaney 2 and Wish Child Dream Donor Dinner and Wish Ball Photos: Margaret Fox Photography CELEBRATING YEARS OF 25 MAGIC AND MEMORIES 2011 Golf For Wishes On Friday, April 29, 2011, the On June 8, 2011, on the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of picturesque fairways of Centennial Golf Club in the Hudson Valley celebrated its Carmel, NY, Board Vice 25th Anniversary by hosting its Chair Tony Cardone and former Board Member 10th annual gala: Wish Ball – Brian McGrath hosted the Celebrating 25 Years of Magic and annual Golf For Wishes Memories. This sold-out, black tie to beneﬁt the Make-A- Wish Foundation® of the David Leibowits with event, held at Trump National Hudson Valley. Wish Child Travis Golf Club in Briarcliﬀ Manor, Wish Ball Honorees NY, raised more than $400,000 to Wish Ball Honorees Cathy Sifre and Debbie Cuney help grant the wishes of children The Fitz Family with life-threatening medical conditions. Front Row: Wish Children Donovan and Travis Back Row: Tom Sullivan, Tony Cardone, Mike Bennett and Brian McGrath Golf For Wishes Photos: Leila Sutton Photography After a savory BBQ lunch, with the sun shining and temperatures reaching well into the 90s, our golfers battled the heat and their way up the leader board! Participants bared a long day on the greens and enjoyed some culinary excel- lence provided by the talented chefs at Centen- nial. Special thanks to guest host Mike Bennett of WHUD’s Mike and Kacey in the Morning for once again going above and beyond for our Chapter. After dinner, sponsors were presented with Wish Art by Wish Kids Donovan and Travis, and our golfers crossed their ﬁngers in the hopes they We also welcomed Ned Allen, board member won a rafﬂe prize. than by honoring Wish Granters Debbie of the Make-A-Wish Foundation ® of Amer- Special thanks to Peter Leibowits and the staff Cuney and Cathy Sifre and the Fitz Family, ica, and his wife Susie, former national board at Centennial Golf Club for their hospitality our special Wish Family of the evening, as our member and current chair of the National and making this fundraiser such a success. And 2011 Wish Ball honorees. Beyond their gift as Alumni Board. Another special guest on hand to John Crabtree of Crabtree’s Kittle House for Wish Granters, Debbie and Cathy have hosted was Wish Child Jeﬀ Hanson and his parents sponsoring our door prize! Golf For Wishes raised an annual fundraiser, An Evening in Tuscany, Julie and Hal, all the way from Kansas. Jeﬀ cre- over $30,000 to help grant the wishes of children for the past several years, raising more than a ated an original acrylic on canvas, “Midnight in in the Hudson Valley area. half-million dollars to make wishes come true. Old Windsor,” for our Live Auction. And the Fitz Family has supported Walk For Special Thanks To Our Sponsors! A special THANK YOU to our sponsors, Wishes for the past several years, raising more board members, Wish Families, volunteers, EAGLE: Wish House staﬀ and guests who made the The Leibowits Family We were delighted to welcome back celebrity night a magical one, allowing us to grant the Neva & Howard Goldstein co-host Darlene Rodriguez of NBC’s Today in wishes of children in the Hudson Valley area. BIRDIE: New York and ﬁrst-time co-host Mike Bennett Janet & Tom Sullivan of WHUD’s Mike & Kacey in the Morning. pending wishes. To make a donation, refer a child or for more information visit us at www.hudson.wish.org 3 Abby Age: 16 County: Rockland Wish: To Go to Atlan s Resort Quote: “To all involved, please know that you have truly made a diﬀerence in a child’s life, and on behalf of our Abby, we truly thank Yonathan Matthew you.” – Mom & Dad Wish Granters: Darien DaCosta & Michelle Liddy Age: 7 Age: 8 Sponsored by: Jewelers for Children County: Rockland County: Westchester Wish: To Go to DisneyWorld Wish: To Go on a Nickelodeon Cruise Quote: “It was truly a dream to see the big smile on Quote: “We are all learning to laugh again. This trip his face and how happy he was on the en re trip. This gave us all an excuse to do exactly that.” – Mom unforge able experience will be in our memories for Wish Granters: Chris ne Cookman & Bill Walters the rest of our lives.” – Mom Sponsored by: Lakeview Elementary School, Mahopac, NY Wish Granters: Anthony Giudice, Jeanne Ruth, Joe Carlo Sponsored by: Chance Cosgrove Founda on Jared Age: 11 County: Rockland Wish: To Go to the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Quote: “It was a wonderful experience for all of us, especially Jared. There are so many people we wish to thank for making this Jason happen. I am forever grateful.” – Mom Wish Granters: Marianne Kelleher & Rachel Goldman Age: 10 Sponsored by: NAM Knights County: Dutchess Wish: To Have His Room Redecorated Rosie Quote: “Jason’s mom, dad and brother loved seeing him so excited and so happy” – Wish Granter Sue Age: 17 Wish Granters: Marie Fierko & Sue Steﬀanci County: Westchester Wish: To Meet DJ Pauly D from The Jersey Shore Quote: “Rosie sat next to Pauly D, and I think she s ll can’t believe it, even with pictures to prove it!” – Wish Granter Monica Age: 13 Wish Granters: Monica Guido , Joe County: Ulster Capobianco, Ryan McDonald Wish: To Meet the Cast of Glee Quote: “They were so excited to be mee ng a cast member of the show that they couldn’t Wishes remember the ques ons they had prepared!” – Volunteer Samantha Wish Granters: Cathy Sifre & Debbie Cuney Nina 4 CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF MAGIC AND MEMORIES Emma 1,900th Wish Age: 9 Isaiah County: Rockland Wish: To Go on a Disney Cruise Age: 11 Quote: “Words cannot express how grateful we are to you all for County: Westchester making this trip possible. We saw a Broadway style show in the Wish: To Meet Rob Dyrdek evening, hung out at the pool and even got a meet-and-greet with Quote: “Dyrdek delivered a memorable performance the princesses!” – Mom & Dad in a tag team match and gave the Wish Kids and their Wish Granters: Marianne & Brian Kelleher families a fun-ﬁlled experience.” – MTV Justin Wish Granters: Dough Sachs & Gina DeRenzis Thomas Age: 13 County: Sullivan Wish: To Have a Shopping Spree Quote: “Thomas wanted to make sure he bought things for friends and family. He was very sweet, caring and genuine.” – Wish Granter Mary Wish Granters: Mary Sherman & Laurie Frunzi Seth Age: 11 County: Delaware Wish: To Go Deep Sea Fishing Quote: “The family all caught ﬁsh. Seth caught a barracuda! The family went to Atlan s, where I would like to give thanks to the Make-A- they went on waterslides and saw sharks. Seth had a great me.” – Wish Granter Anthony Wish Founda on for making my son Jus n’s Wish Granters: Anthony Giudice & Pat Rossi Wish a reality. The week we spent at Disney & Give Kids the World was an experience where, for a brief moment in me, we forgot Age: 16 our son is sick. We would only remember County: Putnam when we would have to administer his meds. Wish: To Go to Hollywood Overall, Jus n had an amazing me. He was Quote: “Thank you for all of your eﬀorts in making this possible for Gina. The trip able to meet Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Pluto, was something none of us will ever forget.” Goofy, Donald & Daisy Duck, Buzz Lightyear – Mom and Spiderman — it was his dream come Wish Granters: Valerie diLorenzo & true! Castel Or z Gina Sponsored by: Janet Smith Golf Ou ng – Chris Smith To make a donation, refer a child or for more information visit us at www.hudson.wish.org 5 Help Make Wishes Come True, Become a Volunteer! ALUMNI COMMITTEE OF THE HUDSON VALLEY CHAPTER IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A MAKE-A-WISH VOLUNTEER, PLEASE CALL 914-478-9474. The Make-A-Wish® Alumni Committee of the Hudson Valley Chapter is comprised of Wish Children 13 years of age and older who received their Wish from the Hudson Valley On Sunday, July 24th, the Make-A-Wish Chapter. Foundation® of the Hudson Valley hosted an Established in 2006, the Alumni Com- informational booth for the 4th consecutive year mittee provides an opportunity for former at the Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Wish recipients to connect with one another Dam Plaza in Valhalla, NY. This is the largest and fulﬁll their vision of “giving back” and “making a diﬀerence” by supporting our Hispanic community event of the year in Chapter as representatives at fundraising and Westchester, attracting up to 15,000 people. outreaching opportunities demonstrating how Make-A-Wish brought hope, strength and joy into their lives. Volunteers Bette Travin & Darren Scala The goal of the Alumni Committee is to change the misconception that Make-A- Wish is an organization that grants wishes to only terminally ill children. Committee members share their experience with others to demonstrate the impact Make-A-Wish has had on their lives by providing hope, strength and joy during a medically and emotionally challenging period. Alumni Spotlight Johanna Tabares Wish: To Go to Disney World Year: 2007 County: Westchester In 2007, the Hudson Valley Chapter granted my wish to go to Disney World with my Volunteers & Staff at the 2011 Wish Ball at Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, NY family. It was an experience ﬁlled with fun, laughter and joy. Make-A-Wish and my family worked hard to coordi- nate the trip so that my older brother, a US Marine, could also be part of my wish experience while he was home for a few days on leave. A few years have passed since the granting of my wish and even today, when I look back at pictures, I am overcome with emotions of joy and happiness. The days we spent together were just unbelievable Volunteer Tom Papini at From Left to Right: Volunteers Dana Klar, Penny and magical. There are truly no words to describe all the 2011 Wish Ball at Sunshine and Laura Brower share a smile at the the emotions that this “magical experience” brought Trump National Golf Club 2011 Wish Ball at Trump National Golf Club in in Briarcliff Manor, NY Briarcliff Manor, NY to me and my family. From Top Left: Volunteer and Former Intern Katie Alberti with Volunteer Today I attend Mercy College with aspirations Hazel DeRosario. From Top Left to of becoming a social worker. Last November, I Bottom Right: Volunteers Theresa celebrated my marriage to John Tabares-Durango. Abate, Chris Palmer and Purvi Shah at the 2011 Wish Ball at Trump National Through both his support and my family’s, not a Golf Club in Briarscliff Manor, NY day goes by that I don’t thank God for another day of life. I am an active member in the Make-A-Wish Wish House Temp/Former Alumni Committee of the Hudson Valley and have Intern Megan Laurelli with participated in various activities throughout the year, Volunteers Sue Morris and Intern Lauren Gray including the Wish Ball and Donor Dinner. Vivian Sebastian 6 CELEBRATING YEARS OF25 Kids For Wish Kids® allows children to help those closest to MAGIC AND MEMORIES them: classmates or other kids in the community. Local children do it all – organize, raise funds and manage their own program with support from parents or teacher advisors. This hands-on experience shows children how their commitment and generosity can impact another child’s life and help grant a wish. Here’s your chance to have tons of fun while helping to make dreams come true for kids with life-threatening medical condi- tions. As a Kids For Wish Kids® volunteer, you can coordinate a fundraiser to help sponsor wishes for Wish Kids in your community. For more information on the Kids For Wish Kids® program, please visit Hudson.wish.org or contact the Wish Dear Make-A-Wish Foundation® Penny War & Walk-A-Thon for Make-A-Wish® of the Hudson Valley, If you had walked through the doors of the Last year you granted our family a wish to Hawaii. We Pied Piper Pre-School in Yorktown Heights, are still so grateful and wanted to show our thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, so we decided to have NY, this past May, you would have heard the a fundraiser. We invited all the kids from our neighbor- beautiful sound of children’s laughter and seen hood for a Day of Fun. This Day of Fun occurred over the excitement on their faces as they prepared three and a half hours, with participants playing tons for one of their ﬁrst experiences of com- of games and making many crafts. Everyone had a lot munity giving. The students and staﬀ of Pied of fun. Even those who could not attend still donated. Piper held not one, but two fundraisers for the We raised $600 for Make-A-Wish®. Thanks again for Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the Hudson everything. th - Sincerely, 20th), they hosted a penny war and children’s Mark, Jill, Courtney, Alyssa and Kyle walk-a-thon, raising more than $1,600 to help grant the wishes of children with life- threatening medical conditions in the Hudson Join the Legacy of Wishes Society Valley. A special thank you to organizers Iris Spadaﬁno and Jen Disisto – you helped share and Grant Wishes into the Future WHEELS FOR WISHES the power of a wish®! The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the Hudson Valley The Wheels For is doing more than just granting the wishes of today’s Wishes program seriously ill children: It’s preparing to bring joy to future is proud to oﬀer generations when they need it most. You can be part of an attractive and this eﬀort by including the Foundation in your estate. convenient alterna- tive to selling or By naming the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the trading in your Hudson Valley as a beneﬁciary, you will leave a legacy vehicle. Donate your that brings hope, strength and joy to children facing life- car, truck, motorcycle, SUV, RV or boat threatening medical conditions. to our charity car donation program Typical bequest language is: Wheels for Wishes and a portion of the “I give the sum of $_____(or % of estate) to the proceeds will go toward the Make-A- Make-A-Wish Foundation ® of the Hudson Valley, 832 Wish Foundation® of the Hudson Valley South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591, to be used or to help grant the wishes of children with disposed of as its Board of Directors deems appropri- life-threatening medical conditions. ate in its sole discretion.” Our car donation program oﬀers: Candy Sale for Make-A-Wish® Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Delaina th threatening medical conditions. Our goal is to grant the grade student at Mahopac donated vehicle wish of each eligible child, and your help is essential. Middle School, created and organized a candy If you’ve already named the Make-A-Wish Founda- sale to help raise money for the Make-A-Wish easy vehicle donation process Foundation® of the Hudson Valley. With but- tion® of the Hudson Valley in your estate plans, we’d like to recognize your gift through our Legacy of Wishes tons and Make-A-Wish® bracelets on hand, Society. By joining, we are able to recognize your deduction for your vehicle donation Delaina and a few of her classmates raised generosity today. Go to www.wish.org/plannedgiving to to charity $1,000 to help grant the wishes of children join the society or to learn more about the many planned with life-threatening medical conditions. Thank giving vehicles available. If you prefer to speak to you to the students of Mahopac Middle School tion whether they are running or not someone directly, call Tara Thorne, Development and especially to Delania for all her hard work Visit www.hudson.wish.org or call in helping to share the power of a wish®! Thank you for all you have done to share the power of a wish®. To make a donation, refer a child or for more information visit us at www.hudson.wish.org 7 Non-Proﬁt Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 415 Newburgh, NY The Wish House, 832 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591 Interior: “May all your wishes come true this holiday season.” Celebrate the Season of Wishes by sharing the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the Hudson Valley’s 2011 Holiday Card Holiday Cards with those special to you, your family and your business. Order Form 2. Please Complete Payment and Contact Information * You will receive one envelope per card. * Please allow 5-7 business days for standard delivery. _________________________________________ Check 1. Please Fill in Quantity and Donation Your Name or Company __________________________________________ MasterCard Discover Contact Person (if applicable) __________________________________________ _____________________________________________ Total: $_______ __________________________________________ _____________________________________________ City State Zip __________________________________________ _____________________________________________ Name as it appears on credit card Signature __________________________________________ _____________________________________________ THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR AREA CHILDREN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
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