City of Tonawanda, NY, June 18, 2013 ----- Make-A-Wish® Metro New York and Western New York touches the lives of local families through the magic of a wish. Helping us accomplish our vision to reach all eligible children in Western New York, the Tonawanda City School District spent the 2012-2013 entire school year raising funds for wishes. We are proud to report that through the dedicated efforts of students, faculty, staff and parents, $12,000 was raised to benefit our chapter.
“To see an entire school district come together and work so hard to make sure we can continue to grant magical wishes for local wish children is truly inspiring,” says Mary Hazel, Development Manager of Make-A-Wish Western New York. “We are very lucky to have such a dedicated set of teachers, administrators, students and parents who are passionate about our joyful mission!”
The district held dress-down days, sold Make-A-Wish magnetic stars and organized a faculty dodge ball tournament in May to raise the funds. “On average, each wish experience costs around $7,500 and these dollars are critical in our mission, so no child has to wait for their most heartfelt wish,” explains Hazel. “Wishes have the power to heal spirits and can bring hope, strength and joy to children’s lives."
The generous contribution will be used to help the local chapter in its mission of granting wishes of children with a life-threatening medical condition. In Western New York alone, Make-A-Wish grants more than 150 wishes per year. Each wish has a lasting impact on not just the child, but the entire family, volunteers, and the community.
The Tonawanda City School District has been a powerful supporter of the organization for more than a decade and Make-A-Wish applauds each individual who is committed to raising these necessary funds. “This will help so many wish kids in the Tonawanda area and beyond,” Hazel says.