Make-A-Wish Connecticut celebrates wishes

Henry Baker, a wish kid, and his family posed together at the Greenwich event for Make-A-Wish Connecticut.

Henry Baker, a wish kid, and his family posed together at the Greenwich event for Make-A-Wish Connecticut.

Make-A-Wish Connecticut’s annual “Celebrating Wishes” Ball was called a “great success” when it took place in November at Greenwich Country Club.

The event raised more than $525,000, which will go directly to the organization’s mission in Connecticut of granting the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions. The “Celebrating Wishes” Ball featured dinner, music, dancing and live and silent auction items for bid. Plus it also allowed supporters to see the kind of impact Make-A-Wish has on children.

Many Wish Kids from recent years were there to mingle with guests, share their wish experiences and, hopefully, inspire those in attendance to deepen their relationship with Make-A-Wish. The event put the spotlight on six-year-old Henry, from Westport. He recently experienced his wish-come-true when he and his family traveled to the Cayman Islands.

Henry has battled a brain tumor through 40 straight months of chemotherapy and his wish was a chance for his family to begin a new chapter in their lives together. Henry and his family shared the impact the wish had on them in Greenwich t with the more than 400 guests in attendance.

“Henry is an incredible young man, filled with spirit and enthusiasm, and above all else, courage,” said Pam Keough, President & CEO for Make-A-Wish Connecticut. “He and his family continued to show that courage when they stood in front of hundreds of people and shared some of the most difficult moments of their lives, in hopes that they can make a difference and help another child’s wish come true. We were so honored to be able to celebrate their presence at the ball this year.”

There were some high profile supporters of Mke-A-Wish Connecticut at the event including Greenwich resident and former New York Yankees and Mets star pitcher David Cone as well as former Yankee and current YES Network analyst John “Flash” Flaherty and New Canaan Resident Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo, the famed sports talk show host on Sirius. The event was emceed by Yankee broadcaster and ESPN Radio host Michael Kay and former NBC and WPIX anchorwoman Jodi Applegate.

“The Celebrating Wishes Ball is the key event in Make-A-Wish Connecticut’s fiscal year,” Ms. Keough said. “We are thrilled to have joined together with so many friends and family alike, to pay it forward to another year of wishes come true. As the average cost of a wish approaches $10,000, and with more wishes to grant each year than the year before, the need is great for funding, and it is thanks to supporters of events like the Celebrating Wishes Ball that we are able to continue in our mission.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with “hope, strength and joy.” According to the organization, “wish-come-true experiences can do wonders by providing a much-needed break from lengthy hospital stays and medical treatments. They give back to a child what a serious medical condition can take away-the chance to simply enjoy being a kid. Wish kids choose something that will inspire happiness, and allow them to spend precious time with their families.”

The Connecticut chapter has made over 2,400 wishes come true since its inception in 1986. Learn more about Connecticut wishes at Ct.wish.org, or join Make-A-Wish on Facebook (search Make-A-Wish Connecticut) and follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@MakeAWishCT).

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