The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Connecticut’s annual “Celebrating Wishes” Ball, scheduled to take place November 3rd at the Greenwich Country Club in Greenwich, kicked off its 2012 preparations with a Corporate Steering Committee breakfast, hosted at the YES Network Studios in Stamford last Tuesday, June 12th.
The mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The annual “Celebrating Wishes” Ball, an evening of music, dancing, dinner and a live and silent auction, is one of the signature events the Foundation hosts each year in efforts to fund its mission.
“The Celebrating Wishes Ball is a key event in our fiscal year, not only as a significant fundraiser, but it is an exciting and powerful evening that truly shares the importance of our mission with the community,” stated Tara Navara, Senior Development Director for the Connecticut chapter of the Foundation. “We are on track to grant 150 wishes in the current fiscal year alone, and it is thanks to events like the Celebrating Wishes Ball that we can continue to make these wishes come true year after year.”
Present at the Kick-Off Breakfast were Mike Burke, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Connecticut, Steve Luttrell, President of Drake Management, Jake Luttrell, Ed Delaney, Senior Vice President of Broadcast Operations & Engineering at the YES Network, Liz Ann Sonders, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategist for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., Brenda Fareri, Co-Founder of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, John Sheehy, Cindy Citrone, and Greg Frisoli, Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield.
“We are thrilled to see so much support from our Corporate Steering Committee members for this year’s Ball,” continued Mrs. Navara. “With their vision and leadership, we hope to create a night that is even more inclusive of the Connecticut corporate community than ever before.”
The annual “Celebrating Wishes” Ball will also include sharing the stories of two special little girls who have benefited from the Make-A-Wish mission; Ashley, who wished to travel to Paris and visit the top of the Eiffel Tower, and Giana, who wished to bake a cake with Buddy Valastro of the Food Network’s Cake Boss. These brave young girls have bared the hardship of battling a life-threatening medical condition and will help to pay the mission forward by sharing their experiences and helping to make other wishes come true.
Make-A-Wish Connecticut graciously thanks the YES Network for sharing their facilities as a venue for the Kick-Off Breakfast, and for their continued support of the Foundation and its mission. To learn more about Make-A-Wish Connecticut or the “Celebrating Wishes” Ball, visit ct.wish.org.