The 2011 Celebrating Wishes Ball raised more than $450,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut, in efforts to help make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions throughout the state. The event was held Saturday Nov. 5, at the Greenwich Country Club, where more than 400 attendees took part in an evening of celebration, children and making wishes come true.
The Celebrating Wishes Ball is the largest and most important fundraising effort for the foundation's mission each year, to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in order to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. With the average cost of a wish approaching $10,000, this year's success will grant more than 45 wishes to children across the state.
In addition to dinner and dancing, guests had the opportunity to bid on a countless and unique variety of auction items, including a California wine country vacation, ski destinations in Vermont, the chance for your child to be a character in Mike Lupica's next book and even an opportunity to spend the day at Yankee Stadium with Joe Girardi and David Cone.
Each year, a child who has received a wish is asked to join in the night to celebrate Make-A-Wish and demonstrate to its supporters a mission in action. This year, two children were honored. Brooke Lorenz, a wish child from Greenwich joined Jimmy Galpin, a wish child from Stratford in a celebration of wishes come true. Brooke's wish was to go to Jamaica and Jimmy's was to swim with the dolphins in Hawaii, but both Brooke and Jimmy have expressed that the real meaning of their wish was to heal in a warm beautiful place. The life-changing impact Brooke and Jimmy's wishes had on their entire families was cause for applause from the audience and continued in a celebration of all the wishes that will come true thanks to the event.
For more information visit www.ct.wish.org or call 203-261-9044.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The Connecticut chapter has made 2,000 wishes come true since its inception in 1986.