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Wishes then and now


									                                                                                                              FALL 2006

                                     HUDSON VALLEY CHAPTER

Wishes then and now…
Do you remember where you were           On May 12, 2006, more than 400
20 years ago? What you were           people gathered at the Westchester
doing? What the world was like?       Marriott to commemorate the
The year was 1986; Ronald Reagan      Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the
was President, a gallon of gas        Hudson Valley’s 20th Anniversary:
cost a mere 93 cents and a first      Celebrating 20 Years of Magic
class stamp just 22 cents. Perhaps    and Memories. It was a night
you were watching the Huxtible        that reminisced the past, rejoiced
family on television or hanging       in the present, and looked brightly
out with the gang from Cheers.        toward the future.
It was the year of the unfortunate       It has been said that while
Chernobyl accident and the space      doctors provide the medicine,
             shuttle Challenger       Make-A-Wish® provides the magic.
              explosion. But          In the year 2000, that magic was
                here, in New          made a reality for Mike when his
               York’s Hudson          wish to train with the FBI came
               Valley region, a       true.
                     bit of magic        Mike, now a healthy 21-year-
                        was born.     old man, shared his story at the
                                      Gala, giving a glimpse into the
                                      power of a wish. “Doctors treat
                                      the illness”, Mike said. “I believe
                                      Make-A-Wish treats the patient.”
                                      Mike’s wish experience gave both
                                      him and his family a much needed
                                      break from a routine of doctors’
                                      visits, MRI scans, and the poking
                                      and prodding. During his wish,
                                                                             Mission Statement                 Mike speaking
                                      Mike experienced first-hand what
                                                                                                               at the 2006 Gala
                                      FBI recruits learn in their first 16   The Make-A-Wish Foundation®
                                      weeks of training. This year, Mike          of the Hudson Valley
                                      graduated from the Rochester            grants the wishes of children
                                      Institute of Technology with a          with life-threatening medical
                                      degree in Criminal Science and             conditions to enrich the
                                      a 4.0 GPA while setting school             human experience with
                     Mike on          records in the pole vault.                 hope, strength and joy.
                   his FBI Wish                        Continued on Page 2
                               Wishes then                                                                 Make-A-Wish Foundation®
                               and now…                                                                      of the Hudson Valley
                               Continued from Page 1                                                           THE WISH HOUSE
                                                                                                                  832 South Broadway
                               “When I feel sick, singing makes                                                   Tarrytown, NY 10591
                               me happy”, says ten-year-old                                                     914-478-9474 (WISH)
                               Angelina. “And that’s what Make-                                                      800-844-8232
                                                                                                                   fax: 914-478-8245
                               A-Wish® gave me.” Angelina wished
                               to study with a professional vocal                                     
                               coach to help her get better at
                                                                     singing at the 2006 event              BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                               what she loves most and to one
                                                                     moves, he led the crowd in a true
                               day sing in public. The 20th                                                          DAVID SIMKINS
                                                                     celebration, like a bright beacon                  Board Chair
                               Anniversary Gala featured a spec-
                                                                     shining toward the future.                     Brian McGrath
                               tacular performance and the
                                                                        “The evening was a tribute to                    Vice Chair
                               completion of Angelina’s wish as
                                                                     every child who has enjoyed a                  KARIN BUCHHOLZ
                               her voice filled the ballroom, to
                                                                     special Wish Experience and to                       Secretary
                               begin the evening, with the
                                                                     our ongoing mission to spread                  LINDA HANNIGAN
                               singing of the National Anthem.
                                                                     hope, strength and joy”, com-                        Treasurer
                                  “It was a spectacular privilege
                                                                     mented Conklin. “We are very
                               for everyone in the room to                                                           DIRECTORS
                                                                     proud of what we’ve been able to
                               experience the completion of                                                   Adrian “Butch” Anderson
                                                                     do over the past 20 years, and we
                               Angelina’s wish”, said Hudson                                                  Stephen Cole-Hatchard
                                                                     look forward to 20 more”.
                               Valley Chapter President & CEO,                                                     John Crabtree
                                                                        This year’s honoree were the
                               Tom Conklin. “The donors, volun-                                                    Preston Felton
                                                                     New York State Police and the
                               teers, and even the staff are often                                                 Robert Fuhrer
                                                                     Ryan McElroy Foundation.
                               behind the scenes of a wish                                                         Ken Mahoney
                                                                        Since receiving its charter in
                               working to make it special for the                                             Claudio Sandoval, M.D.
                                                                     1986, the Hudson Valley Chapter
                               child and the family. By sharing                                                  Trish Zimmerman
                                                                     has brought hope, strength, and
                               her wish with all of us, Angelina
                               made it an extremely special night
                                                                     joy to over 1,400 children and                   S TAFF
                                                                     their families. Going from granting          THOMAS J. CONKLIN
                               that I’m sure no one will forget”.
                                                                     seven wishes in its inaugural year,              President & CEO
                                 There were a lot of smiling faces
                                                                     the chapter has grown by leaps               BRUNO ANDERSSON
                               in the ballroom, but perhaps the
                                                                     and bounds. This year, the Chapter        Manager of Financial Operations
                               brightest of them all belonged to
                                                                     set a record by granting 128 wishes             LOTTE BIDSTRUP
                               7-year-old Wish Child, Travis,
                                                                     thanks to the generous support             Donor Development Associate
                               whose wish to go on a Disney
                                                                     of countless giving donors and a               DENISE D’AMICO
                               Cruise was just a couple of                                                       Director of Program Services
                                                                     dedicated volunteer force of
                               months away. With Travis’ glowing
                                                                     more than 400 caring individuals.              KENNA DIBUONO
                               personality and smooth dance                                                            Office Manager
        Captain of the Super                                                                                      CHRISTOPHER FEBLES
         Bowl XXI Champion                                                                                          SHARON HODNE
           New York Giants                                                                                           Wish Coordinators
         George Martin with                                                                                           CATHIE HIRSH
           Wish Child Travis                                                                                        Development Manager
                                                                                                                   KRISTEN PICCIONE
                                                                                                                     Volunteer Manager

                                                                                                             Make-A-Wish Foundation
                                                                                                              of the Hudson Valley
                                                                                                             Make-A-Wish Foundation of the
                                                                                                              Hudson Valley is a 501(c) (3),
                                                                                                           not-for-profit organization registered
                                                                                                                 in the State of New York.

Wish Kid Santino of
Stanfordville, 4 years old,                                                  Dear Everyone at
                                                                                                                              for such
has a life-threatening                                                                                 thank you enough
                                                                                  Words can't even                                 the
medical condition that                                                                                         r Joseph had at
makes it hard for him to                                                      an incred  ible experience ou                      the
                                                                                                         e. Not only was he
communicate verbally                                                          Wes   t Point Army Gam                       e field with
                                                                                                     but he was on th
with others. But, using training                                               H onorary Captain,                                       to
                                                                                                                   al Lenox and got
techniques developed to work
                                                                               all the play ers. He met Gener                      we all
                                                                                                             Despite the rain,
with non-speaking children,             Mark Surabian of the “Cognitech
                                                                               keep th  e coin toss coin.                       Joseph
Wish Granters were able to learn        Café” helped us find a wonderful                                 e as a family, and
a few things about him and what         machine that might help him             had  such a great tim                       we will never
                                                                                                      face all day that
his wish might be. They talked          communicate. It’s called the            had a smile on his                  ish you guys mad
extensively with his parents, his       EyeGaze, and it’s a flat computer        forget. Th  anks to Make-A-W                       ving
                                                                                                              n't for all of the gi
nurse and others that spend time        screen with which the individual         this al l happen if it was                        nced
                                                                                                            ld not have experie
with him every day. They discov-        interacts using his or her eyes.          peop le our family wou                      Make-A-
ered that he likes books, hand          He tested it – and was able to                                  edible. Thank you
                                                                                  something so incr
games, watching Elmo and the            “speak” or manipulate objects on                              it all happen.
Wiggles on TV, and spending time        the screen!                                Wish for making
with family and friends. After a          So, in July 2006, Santino’s                                                 Joseph's Family
lot of learning about Santino,          EyeGaze was delivered. He and
Wish Granters found that Santino’s      his family were delighted. He even
wish would be to have special           played his first video game –
equipment that helps him                “Pong”! They still have some
communicate with others!                work to do, but his wish has put
   It wasn’t easy – lots of catalogs    him well on his way to express-
and assistance were sought, but         ing himself and “talking” with his
it was tough to find something          family! This is a case of a wish
tailored to Santino’s needs. Finally,   changing the quality of life for a
therapist Terry Rowcroft, Tom           child and his entire family.
Clegg of Flaghouse, Inc., and

                                                                                             With our Gratitude to our
Joseph from Poughkeepsie was
celebrating his seventh birthday                                                             Pro Bono Professionals
with a party for friends and family
at Rollermagic. His invitations had                                                       All of us at the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of
a special message. A message                                                              the Hudson Valley are grateful to River
that still brings tears to the eyes                                                       Communications of White Plains and Thomas
of the volunteers who worked so                                                           Zugibe of Ferraro Zugibe, Attorneys
hard to gather gifts for the Holiday                                                      at Law, of Garnerville. River Communications
party. Joseph wanted to donate          We received                                       provides ongoing public relations support to
all his birthday gifts to Make-A-       several huge sacks of toys.                       the Foundation to increase the public’s aware-
Wish of the Hudson Valley for           Joseph's generosity touched                       ness of who we are, what we do, and why we
our wish children to receive at         so many young Wish Children.                      love it. Tom Zugibe provides ongoing legal
our annual Holiday Party. This          Joseph is indeed a superhero.                     support to the Foundation and to the Board of
incredible, sweet young man             He is thoughtful beyond his                       Directors. Both are special partners who help
asked his guests to bring toys          years and a true inspiration to                   us in so many ways to complete our mission.
suitable for boys and girls of all      all. Thank you, Joseph, for your
ages. And bring gifts they did!!!       unselfish kindness.

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                Orange County Choppers Unveil
                Make-A-Wish Bike                                                            ®

                The Orange County Choppers           Chopper episode that appeared                 The bike already seemed
                crew led by the Teutuls, Paul Sr.,   on The Discovery Channel.                  charmed when it roared to life
                Paul Jr. and Mikey, unveiled a          After returning from the Make-          the first time Paul Sr. hit the igni-
                custom Make-A-Wish chopper           A-Wish 25th Anniversary                    tion. He rode it to where the
                and gave presents to nearly 50       Celebration in Anaheim, CA,                Wish Kids were waiting, giving
                Wish Children at a special holiday   where they were honored by the             them a first look at the Make-A-
                party hosted at their famed garage   Foundation with the Chris                  Wish bike. The sparkling chrome
                in Montgomery, NY. The unveiling     Greicius Celebrity Wish Granter            and blue chopper astounded
                and party was part of an American    of the Year Award in October,              them with its rumbling engine,
                                                                   Orange County                custom paint and flashing LEDs.
                                                                   Choppers’ boss                  There were plenty of misty
                                                                   Paul Sr. decided they        eyes and hugs to go around as
                                                                   needed to create a           Paul Sr. and his staff made a few
                                                                   Make-A-Wish bike.            holiday dreams come true. They
                                                                   Over the next 10             posed for photos, talked about
                                                                   days, the crew would         the bikes and helped the ecstatic
                                                                   grind, weld and bend         Wish Kids open their gifts.
                                                                   this collection of              “To bring smiles to all these
                                                                   parts into a gleaming        kids’ faces is probably the best
                                                                   blue two-wheeled             thing I could’ve gotten for
                                                                   jewel. At nearly every       Christmas this year,” Mikey told
                                                                   turn of the wrench           The Discovery Channel.
                                                                   or pass of the torch,           Make-A-Wish National Board
                                                                   they asked them-             Chairman, Carl Hansson, was at
                                                                   selves how the kids          Orange County Choppers to see
                                                                   would like it.               the smiles first-hand. Hansson, a
                                                                      At Nub Grafix,            motorcycle enthusiast, was amazed
                Orange County Chopper                paint guru Nub recruited a handful         by the custom motorcycle.
                Make-A-Wish Bike                     of pint-sized apprentices to put              “They didn’t just make an
                                                     their handprints all over the              incredible chopper — they
                                                     freshly painted sapphire fenders           delighted our Wish Kids and
                Orange County Chopper crew with      and gas tank.                              made this a special afternoon for
                Wish Kids at the unveiling                                                      each of them.”

“Taste of the Hudson Valley”
                 Donor Thank you Dinner
On Thursday, July 27th, 2006, at
Crabtree’s Kittle House in
Chappaqua, we said “Thank You”
to our donors who help us fulfill
our mission of granting wishes at
our annual “Taste of the Hudson
Valley”. This event has grown in
size and reputation over the years
and has now become one of our                                                                              Chef Greg Gilbert and Lenny Bernstein
                                                                                                           of Jackson & Wheeler in Pleasantville
most anticipated events. Chefs
                                                                                                           receive Wish Art from Wish Kids Brian,
from 18 of the Hudson Valley’s                                                                             Angelina, and Travis
best restaurants donate their
time to create a special dish for
each of our donors to sample.
We get to simply say thank you
and let our donors get to hear
Wish Stories and meet some of
                                        We are grateful to the following
our Wish Kids.
                                      restaurants for sharing their time,
   At the event, The Kenneth R.
                                      good food, and great heart with
Wolff Award is presented to an
individual or group of individuals
who possess Ken Wolff’s charac-        An American Bistro, Tuckahoe
teristics of integrity, courage,       Castle on the Hudson, Tarrytown
leadership, and commitment to          Crabtree’s Kittle House, Chappaqua
                                       Equus, Tarrytown
the mission of Make-A-Wish®.                                                John and Amy Crabtree of Crabtree’s
                                       The Fish Cellar, Mount Kisco
This year’s award was presented                                             Kittle House once again generously
                                       The Great American BBQ
to Lieutenant Colonel Brigitte                                              hosted “Taste of the Hudson Valley”
                                          Company, White Plains
Kwinn and Lieutenant Colonel           Iron Horse Grill, Pleasantville
Michael Kwinn, both stationed at       Jackson & Wheeler, Pleasantville
West Point. The Kwinns, whose
son Michael was a Wish Child,
                                       Pacifico Restaurant, Port Chester
                                       Peter Pratt’s Inn, Yorktown
                                                                                          Holiday Cards
truly embody hope, strength, and       Restaurant X, Congers                          Get two wishes in one…
joy. They have helped to raise         Sonora Restaurant, Port Chester
thousands of dollars for the           The Sterling Inn, New Rochelle
Foundation, worked on wish             Stomping Grounds Cafe, Somers
                                       Umami, Croton-on-Hudson
                                                                                W       ish your friends, family
                                                                                and colleagues Happy Holidays
enhancements, and provided
                                       Valley at the Garrison, Garrison         and help make wishes come
motivational presentations to
                                       Zuppa Restaurant & Lounge,               true for our Hudson Valley
our volunteers.
   Another highlight of the evening                                             Wish Kids. For more
                                       Wines supplied by
was when eighteen year old Wish                                                 information, visit
                                          Pelloneda Fine Wines
Alumni Member, Brian, wowed                                                     our website at
the crowd by reminiscing about                                        
his 2003 wish to meet Ozzy
Osborne and the impact his wish
had on his life. Brian is now
himself a Wish Granter making
wishes come true for other Wish

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            Elizabeth                                         Gregory
                                                              “I wish to meet Michael Jordan”
            “I wish to go to Disney World”
                                                              Gregory and his family had a great time    time talking, getting autographs and                 Kyle              “I wish to have a Treehouse”                                                                                                                          Dear M
            A note from Elizabeth’s mom:
            “From the very beginning when our
                                                              meeting Michael Jordan! He waited
                                                              plenty of time, since there was a long
                                                                                                         taking pictures. He’s still talking about
                                                                                                         the Wish today!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Isaac                                                                 ake-A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A note fr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              om Betha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ny’s mom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank                                                                                                                     :
                                                                                                                                                              A note from his Wish Granters: “Kyle’s Treehouse Wish Delivery went great! He was all                       “I wish to spend a week at a beach house”                                                                                                                   We are s
            wish team, Marie & Dee, came to our
            house, they made Elizabeth feel special
                                                              line of Wish Kids around the world
                                                              waiting to meet the NBA idol. But final-   Wish Granters: Eileen Mobbs & Jaye Shelby            smiles! His family said that they’d never seen him happier! First he got a visit from 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   vacat g you again
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ion wit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           for Isa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bethany                                                       ob
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     this back lessed to have b
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ya                      een
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pictur                            a                                                                Bethany rd playground wis granted
            with gifts and talks of her upcoming              ly, in March 2006, he got his chance to                                                         New York State Troopers. They took Kyle and his mom for a ride. Kyle was very excited to                    Wish Granters: Chris Febles & Denise D’Amico                   es on his family. c’s wonder               “I wish to have a Playset”                                  !! Quite f
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I’m se
                                                                                                         Gregory has been diagnosed with Burkitt’s            be a part of that.                                                                                                                                                 and um          the be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ach in         nding ful                                                   enjoying                ran            h for
            wish which turned out to be a trip to             see his wish come true! They just loved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and la   brella.                his wh        yo                                                               the wish kly, both girls ar
                                                                                                         Lymphoma. He lives in Rockland County.                  As soon as they got back, we all went down to his treehouse to “present” it to him.                      Isaac has been diagnosed with multiple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ughing He was so                 eelcha u    Bethany has been diagnosed with Cystic         tremend                  an                    e
            Disney World to meet Cinderella. She              their Chicago hotel – he and his broth-
                                                                                                         If you know a child like Gregory, please call        George Cuney (the builder, and owner of Seakill Builders), the 2 State Troopers, and Kyle’s                 life-threatening medical conditions. He lives in     happie          . This          happy           ir                                                             ously bec d the summer
            was so excited! From riding in a limo to          ers wanted to move in permanently!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      s               wa               sm           Fibrosis. She lives in Delaware County.       to yell a                ause of it
                                                                                                         914-478-9474.                                                                                                                                                    Westchester County. If you know a child like        expre t times of s truly one iling                                                                            litt                     ! I just ha
            the airport to their very first plane ride,       He had a whole list of questions to ask
                                                                                                                                                              family & friends were all there. Kyle got to throw water balloons down at us-this was part                                                                            ss                his              o             If you know a child like Bethany,           it’s time le louder now to                      ve
                                                                                                                                                              of his wish! Then we all went up into his treehouse, also known as “Kyle’s Place””.                         Isaac, please call 914-478-9474.                   the jo how grate life. Words f the                     please call 914-478-9474.                               for supp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         er. They c
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     tell them
            to getting a cool rental car for the week,        Michael, and although he was awed by                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 y “Ma            ful the            canno                                                    hear me                                           when
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ke-A-             fam              t                                                             cau                     an’t
            the kids were through the roof!                   meeting his hero, he spent lots of                                                              Wish Granters: Joanne Crimi & Susan Jaman ❤ Sponsored by: River Communications                                                                                          Thank Wish” gave ily is for                                                              Thank yo se of all the fun seem to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              s again          to Isa               Wish Granters:                                        u Make-A                  they’re h
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bethany                    -W                     aving!!
               I want all of you to know what an                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Isaac
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             & fam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ,              ac.           Michelle Potter & Paula Gilbert                       the desir ish for granting
            amazing organization I think you have.                                                                                                            Kyle has been diagnosed with ALL (childhood form of Leukemia). He lives in Ulster County.                                                                                             ily                                                                      heart!! W                  e of her p
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ea                       rec
            You have given my family memories to                                                                                                              If you know a child like Kyle, please call 914-478-9474.                                                                                                                                                                                                       matter, t re so grateful!!!! ious little
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ha                       For that
            last a lifetime and beyond. We had                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of so ma nk you for makin
            three years of Dr’s and hospitals and             Caleb                                                                                                                                                                                                       Shannon                                                                                                                                           world co
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ny other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 g the wis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      me true!! tle dreamers in t s
            worry related to my daughter’s illness.           “I wish to go to Disney World”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        God’s ble               he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “I wish to Swim with Dolphins”                                                                                                                               Love,                   ssings t
            It was so nice to have something                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             o you!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yancey, S
            positive, REALLY positive, come                   Caleb lives with his mother and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Wish Granters:                                                                                                                                                Emily & M dy, Bethany,
            out of all that.                                  3 sisters in Carmel, NY. He is a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cKenzy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Anthony Giudice & Christine Fontana
                       THANK YOU!”                            happy child who had open-heart
                                                              surgery at an early age. He loves                                                                                                                                                                              Shannon has been diagnosed with Spinal
            Wish Granters:                                    characters and socializing with
            Marie Fierko & Dee Jakobsen                       people. Going to Disney World
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Muscular Atrophy. She lives in Orange
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              County. If you know a child like Shannon,                                                             John
                                                              was his wish and upon his return                                                                                                                                                                                please call 914-478-9474.                                                                             “I wish for a laptop computer”
            Elizabeth has been diagnosed with                                                                                                                                                                                                             A note fr
                                                              his mother couldn’t tell us                                                                                                                                                                          om Shan
            Retinoblastoma. She lives in Dutchess County.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 non’s mo
                                                              enough about how much fun the                                                                                                                                                                                       m:
            If you know a child like Elizabeth, please call                                                                                                                                                                                              Dear Ma                                                                                                                      14-year old John had a great wish! This personable teenager knew just what
                                                              entire family had.                                                                                                                                                                                  ke-A-Wis
            914-478-9474.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    h,                                                                                                        he wanted – his own laptop computer! He likes being on the Internet, doing
                                                                 “Caleb had wonderful new                                                                                                                                                               Just wan                                                                                                                       searches and chatting with his friends. On the day of his wish, he got right to
                                                              experiences and really basked in                                                                                                                                                         It was un o say Thank You                                                                                                        work, setting up his software and printing pictures! He is so glad to have it
                                                              all the attention. We met all of his                                                                                                                                                              believable             So Much
                                                                                                         Wish Granters: Betti Rosa-Keller, Tina                                                                                                       smile on             .Y                  !!                                                                                         now that he has started a new school. And, a celebration was held at his
                                                              favorite characters like Mickey Mouse                                                                                                                                                            Shannon ou can see by th
                                                                                                         Peterson & Sue Morris                                                                                                                        world to           ’s face –            e                                                                                            favorite restaurant – Red Lobster! It was a great day for a great kid!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               he                  it me
                                                              and Barney up close and personal. The                                                                                                                                                  the last r! She had such a ant the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8 month
                                                              week at Disney World was the first week    Caleb has been diagnosed with Downs Syndrome                                                                                               better.            s & this hard time                                                                                                    Wish Granters: Anthony Giudice & Chris Febles
                                                              we could really relax and not worry.       and a life-threatening cardiac defect. He lives in                                                                                                                      made it a
                                                              Thank you Make-A-Wish”                     Putnam County. If you know a child like Caleb,                                                                                                      Thank yo                                                                                                                       John has been diagnosed with Lupus. He lives in Sullivan County.
                                                                                                         please call 914-478-9474.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you know a child like John, please call 914-478-9474.
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                                                                                    Gifts with a Purpose

                                                                                    Again this year, the holidays
                                                                                    will sparkle even brighter when
                                                                                    you give a gift that helps make
                                                                                    children’s wishes come true.
                                                                                    Things Remembered is offering
                                                                                    a Make-A-Wish Star Keepsake
                                                                                    Box, Make-A-Wish Note Cards
                                                                                    and Make-A-Wish Holiday
      PLEASE     JOIN US ON           O C T O B E R 22 N D 2006                     Ornaments. Each gift can be engraved
      for our first annual Walk For Wishes to be held at Playland in                with a personal message. A portion of
   Rye, New York. Walk For Wishes in a non-competitive 2.5 mile walk                each sale benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.
with refreshments, entertainment and fun for everyone! Registration will
 start at 8:00 am, and we will begin our walk at 9:00 am. This is a great
     way for you to help make wishes come true for our Wish Kids!

❦   Walk alone – Set a personal           Prizes will be awarded for the
                                                                                    Macy’s East
    goal and secure sponsorships
    from among family, friends            ❦ most funds raised by
    and co-workers!                           an elementary or
❦   Walk with family and friends              middle school team
    – set a group goal to possibly        ❦ most funds raised by
    sponsor a whole wish!                     a high school team
❦   Walk with your co-workers –           ❦ most funds raised by
                                              an individual
    have a great team-building                                                                     P R O G R A M
    exercise and help make                ❦ most funds raised by                    Beginning this October, Macy’s cardholders will again be
    wishes come true!                         a (non-school) team
                                                                                    offered the opportunity to give to the Make-A-Wish Foundation
          For more information or to register for the Walk For Wishes,              while earning 10 percent rewards back on their holiday
               please visit our website at                     purchases at Macy’s! Thanks for Sharing is all about how
                                                                                    shopping can be giving – and rewarding. The program is
                                                                                    available exclusively to cardholders. Enrollment requires a
UAW–GM                                                                              one-time $25 fee charged to the customer’s Macy’s account.
                                           dealerships and matching gifts           Upon enrollment, customers will begin earning 10 percent
Each year in conjunction with
                                           from UAW-GM, the Hudson Valley           rewards on all of their net Macy’s purchases made on their
Make A Difference Day in October,
                                           chapter raised $26,000! Through          Macy’s East Card through December 31, 2006 (excluding gift
UAW-GM dealerships around the
                                           these generous contributions, we         card purchases). The rewards will come in the form of a gift
country participate in a campaign
                                           were able to underwrite several          card sent to participants in March 2007.
to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish
                                           wishes, including Dillon’s wish to       To find a Macy’s location near you, go to
Foundation®. Last year, due to
the generous support of local GM           go to Australia.

                                            Thank you to the following dealerships for their support:
                                             Arroway Chevrolet                  Hudson                           Premium
                                             Barton Birks Chevrolet                Pontiac Buick GMC Truck         Buick Pontiac Cadillac GMC
                                                Oldsmobile Cadillac             Jim Smith Chevrolet              Rockland County Chevrolet Buick
                                             The Collier Motor Car Company      Jim Smith Chevrolet Sales        Vail Chevrolet
                                             Country Chevrolet Oldsmobile       M & S of Pawling
                                             Fisher Brothers Chevrolet          Meadowland Pontiac GMC
                                             Healey Chevrolet Oldsmobile        Middletown Pontiac Buick GMC

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    Dances with Horses
    October 23, 2005 • Westchester County                                                                               L to R: Cathy Sifre,
                                                                                                                        Chris Frawley, Treasurer
                                                                                                                        ot the Friends4Michael
    The Westchester Horse Council,                                                                                      Foundation, Tom Conklin,
                                                                                                                        Col. Michael Kwinn Wish
    led by our very own volunteer
                                                                                                                        Dad and Founder of the
    and council member, Diana                                                                                           Friends4Michael
    Chiulli, hosted their very first                                                                                    Foundation, Debbie Cuney
    event to benefit Make-A-
    Wish® with huge success. The
    “Dances with Horses” event
                                                                         An Evening
    featured horses performing in
    a variety of riding styles to
                                                                         in Tuscany
    music. The event also offered                                        September 29, 2005 • Ulster County
    pony rides, a pumpkin patch,                                         The Second Annual Evening            included a delicious 5 course
    face painting, ice cream from                                        in Tuscany was held at the           dinner with matching wines
    Cold Stone Creamery and                                              Caterina de Medici Restaurant        and energetic silent and live
    much, much more. With a                                              at the Culinary Institute of         auctions. The evening was a
    sell-out crowd, they were able                                       America in Hyde Park, New            great success, raising over
    to raise over $14,000!                                               York, on September 30, 2005.         $106,000 for the Make-A-Wish
                                                                         Make-A-Wish volunteers,              Foundation® of the Hudson
                                                                         Debbie Cuney and Cathy Sifre,        Valley
                                                                         hosted a night to remember
                                                                         filled with great food and wine,
                                                                         great atmosphere, kindness
                                                                         and generosity. The evening

                                                                         December 2-4, 2005
                                                                         Westchester County
                     Will Power
      Remember Make-A-Wish in your will                                  During last year’s holiday
                                                                         season, the decorative home
                                                                         furnishings giant, Two’s
     Did you know there are several ways to leave a gift to the          Company, hosted a three
                                                                                                              Wish Child
     Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley through you will?       day warehouse sale to benefit
                                                                                                              Laronda got to “shop”
                                                                         Make-A-Wish. A leading
       • You can designate a percentage of your total estate.                                                 the sale prior to the Two’s
                                                                         wholesaler, they opened
                                                                                                              Company Warehouse Sale’s
       • You can designate that a specific amount be given to charity.   their doors to the public for
                                                                                                              opening to the public!
       • You can also specify that a certain item of value, such as      a warehouse moving sale and
         an IRA or piece of property, is given.                          marked down thousands of
                                                                         items by as much as 90% off
       • You can give whatever is left in your estate after loved ones   the suggested retail. They
         have received their specific bequests.                          donated 50% of the proceeds
       • You can specify a contingent bequest, which is dependent        from the sale amounting to
         upon another event (such as your spouse not surviving you).     over $20,000. Also a big
                                                                         thanks to all our volunteers
               For more information, please contact Cathie Hirsh at      who worked the sale and
                   914-478-9474 or                made it a big success!

Orange County
Association of Realtors
October 20, 2005 • Orange County
Since 1999, the Orange                 and the event raised over
County Association of                  $32,000! Under the leader-
Realtors have been putting             ship of co-chairs, Shirley
on creative, fundraising               Van Dam and Maryann
events each year to benefit            Tercasio, as well as support
Make-A-Wish®. Each year                from the Executive Officer
they have a different theme,           of the Orange County
and the night features dinner,         Association of Realtors,
raffles and live performances          Ann Garti, this committee            Members of the Event Planning
from their many, many                  works endless hours to put           Committee of the Orange County
talented realtors! This year’s         on this wonderful dinner             Association of Realtors
theme was country-western,             and show each year.

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 Weddings inspire wish-come-true      Wish Foundation® of the Hudson
 moments. What better way to          Valley. We will provide you with      February-November 2006
 share the happiness of a wedding     beautiful, calligraphy tent cards     Westchester County
 day spent with loved ones than by    or plate cards that express your
 touching the life of a courageous    wish to make a gift in your guests’   Dr. Duke, of Duke Chiropractic, is
 child through the power of a wish    honor and help make a child’s         leading the way to better health
 and giving him or her the chance     wish come true. 100% of each          with his “Dr. Duke Project”. He
 to have magical family memories      card is tax deductible. For more      asked people to set a goal to
 of their own! In lieu of wedding     information, check our website at     improve their health and ask for
 or bridal shower favors, you can or contact        pledges from their friends and
 make a donation to the Make-A-       Laura Hartwig at 914-478-9474.        family. The friends and family
                                                                            push you to meet your goal and
Wording on cards:                                                           then make a donation to Make-A-
                                                                            Wish. Everyone wins! So far,
                                    our wedding,
       In honor of your presence at                                         Dr. Duke and his patients have
                             donation to the                                raised over $3,000 and they are
            We have made a ®          Hudson Valley                         still going strong AND working
      Make-A-Wish F  oundation of the
                                        wish come true!
                                                                            on improving their health!
                    ping make a child’s
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 Your choice of a Plate Card or       Tent Card ~ $2.50 per guest
 Tent Card ~ $2.50 per card
 Framed Personalized
 Announcement for Guest Book
 Table ~ (Minimum donation of $300)

                                                                                                                 11 •••••••••
                 Suffern High School USO
                 March 31, 2006 • Rockland County

                 March 31st, 2006, Suffern High
                 School proudly presented its
                 second annual fashion show
                 benefiting the Make A Wish
                 Foundation® of the Hudson Valley.
                 Marissa and Olivia Licata, sisters
                 of wish recipient, Mary Licata, with
                 the help of Suffern High School’s
                 United Student Organization,
                 raised over $1,500 for the
                 Foundation. Over the last two
                 years, they have raised almost
                 $3,000 with this event!
                                                        L to R: Angela Belanich, Sherri Rosinsky, Catrina DelGais, Jessica Godon, Capri Holmes

                 How can                                Horace                                       Albertus
                 kids get                               Greeley                                      Magnus
                                                        November 20, 2005 & April 2006               Rockland County
                 involved?                              Westchester County

                 Kids for Wish Kids®is an extreme-      The Horace Greeley Make-A-Wish®              Albertus Magnus High School in
                 ly popular program for kids            Club, led by President Paige Wolf,           Bardonia, NY, held multiple
                 because it is managed by kids.         has been working overtime this               events throughout the school
                 The kids are responsible for           past year hosting a Walk-a-thon              year including dances, dress down
                 forming committees, coming             as well as an Egg Hunt and other             days and other fundraisers with
                 up with fundraising ideas, and         in-school fundraisers for Make-A-            the goal of sponsoring a wish.
                 carrying them out. Teachers and        Wish. Horace Greeley has been                Thanks to their efforts, Thomas of
                 parents often serve as advisors,       a long-time supporter of our                 Blauvelt was able to have his
                 but ownership of the project           chapter. Thanks so much for all              wish of a Disney cruise come true
                 belongs solely to you and the          your hard work and dedication.               in August of 2006!
                 other kids involved.
                    The Kids for Wish Kids program
                 helps to increase awareness of                                                      Albertus Magnus HS
                 the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s                                                        Briarcliff High School
                 mission and involves more people                                                    Brookside Elementary School
                 in helping to grant the wishes of                                                   Clarkstown Senior High School
                 children with life-threatening                                                      Community Synagogue
                 medical conditions.                                                                 Cornwall Schools
                    For more information about                                                       District Little League 16
                                                                                                     Eastchester High School
                 Kids For Wish Kids and how you
                                                                                                     Felix Festa Middle School
                 can help make wishes come true,
                                                                                                     Haldane High School
                 please visit our website                                                            Hawthorne Elementary
        or contact                                                      Henry H Wells Junior Honor Society
                 Cathie Hirsh at 914-478-9474.                                                       Highland Elementary School
                    Special thanks to the following                                                  Hillside Elementary School
                 schools and youth groups for                                                        Horace Greeley High School
                 participating in our Kids for Wish                                                  JCC-Y Mitzvah Day Walk-a-thon
                 Kids Program from August 2005                                                       John F. Kennedy
                 through July 2006.                                                                    Catholic High School
Help Make Wishes Come True-Become A Volunteer!
Becoming a Volunteer with
the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
of the Hudson Valley is easy!
1) Visit,
   or contact Kristen Piccione
   or 914-478-9474 x104) to
   request a New Volunteer
2) Attend a New Volunteer
   Orientation near you.
   Bring a friend!
3) Start Volunteering!
Whether you’ve got lots of time
to give or just a bit – There are        The Chapter held our 3rd Annual Volunteer
opportunities for everyone to            Conference and Thank You Luncheon in
contribute!                              March 2006. The conference was held at
                                         the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown and
                                         was attended by over 100 Volunteers.

Orange County Youth Volunteers Joanna
Cardone, Michelle Mertens, and Anthony
Cardone helped out at our 2nd Annual
                                                                                      Volunteers (seated) Ann Singer (Rockland), Aisha Cofield (Rockland),
Golfing FORE Wishes Event in Cortlandt   Westchester County Volunteer Phyllis         Roxanne Thorpe (Dutchess), (standing) Maggie Hyland (Orange), Monica
Manor.                                   Garfinkle shared a hug with Wish Kid         Baccari (Westchester), and Amy Karson (Westchester), get together to
                                         Vanessa at the Chapter’s Holiday             share a table and a photo op at the Annual Volunteer Conference.
                                         Party, thrown annually for our Wish
                                         Families, in December 2005.
                                                                                                                               Left: Volunteer
                                         Below: Two Wish Volunteers from                                                       Edna Kornberg with
                                         Rockland County enjoy hair braiding                                                   Wish Child Nadyah, and
                                         duty at one of the many Play Dates                                                    Wish Child Travis
                                            held for our Wish Kids and their
Christine Zuill and Michelle Potter
                                                                 the year.
volunteer for the Foundation by
granting Wishes for Children
                                                              Kathy Glynn &
throughout Delaware County.
                                                              Adelina (sitting)
                                                                                                                               L to R: Bernadette
                                                                                                                               Fitzsimons, Volunteer Regina
                                                                                                                               Fitzsimons, Danielle and her
                                                                                                                               brother, Wish Child Killian,
                                                                                                                               with Bee Bee the Clown
                                         DeStefano &
                                         Brianna (sitting)

                               If you would like to become a Make-A-Wish Volunteer, please call 914-478-9474                              13 •••••••••
                                       Dillon                  “I wish to go to the Australia Zoo”

                                        A note from Dillon’s family:
                                         Dear Make-A-Wish Foundation,
                                         “Words cannot express how you and this trip to Australia have meant to us and
                                          Dillon. You took a 12 year old kid, faced with a horrible nightmare and made his
                                           ultimate dream come true! He had just undergone surgery and was traveling
                                           days later without one single complaint of discomfort. The look on his face – the
                                            entire trip – was absolutely PRICELESS! We talk about it often and look
                                             at pictures & videos. It is still hard to believe we were actually there! And you,
                                              all of you made it a reality for him. We can never thank you enough for all your
                                               thoughts and all you did for us! The entire trip was so unbelievably organized
                                                we didn’t have a worry in the world!! The people in Australia, including the
                                                volunteers from Make-A-Wish Australia were just so comforting! They made
                                                him feel so special, so important! Like I said above, words cannot express
                                      the emotions we had and still have today!
                                        Please thank everyone from Make-A-Wish Foundation who helped in making this
     Wish Granters:                   Dream of Dillon’s come true!”
       Christine Plese & Sue Hughes
     Sponsored by:                    Dillon has been diagnosed with Pontine Brain Stem Glioma. He lives in Dutchess County.
       UAW-GM (2006)                  If you know a child like Dillon, please call 914-478-9474.

                                                                                                                               Non-Profit Org.
                                                                                                                                U.S. Postage
                                                                                                                               Permit No. 415
                                                                                                                               Newburgh, NY

The Wish House
832 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
914-478-9474 (WISH)
FAX: 914-478-8245

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