As any regular TGATP reader knows, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is one of my favorite charitable organizations. I totally support the great work that they do in granting sick children wishes! From dream trips to meeting their idols to obtaining musical instruments, no wish mission is impossible. In 2010, Make A Wish touched the Lives of 793 wish children and their families, granting over 531 local wishes and assisting in the fulfilment of 262 wishes for children outside the Metro area. The ability to uplift and change a child’s Life through wish granting cannot be underestimated. By giving them something to look forward to while they endure grueling treatments, the wonderful people at Make-A-Wish are mystical fairy godmothers and godfathers, who literally save children’s Lives.
This past Thursday night, the organization held their annual gala at Cipriani Wall Street featuring a cocktail party, sit-down dinner, and auction. Hosted by Food Network star Sandra Lee and Architect Sari Chung, this year’s honorees were James B. Lee, Jr., Vice Chairman of JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Michael Delaney, Managing Partner of Court Square Capital Partners and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York Board Member. During dinner, I had a lump in my throat and tears streamed down my face as we watched a video chronicling the story of Joe Ginem. Struck with a rare cancer at 15, Joe’s wish was for a violin. Not only did Make-A-Wish get him the instrument but they also arranged for him to play a concert for his family at the legendary Carnegie Hall. Following the video, Joe riveted the crowd with a wonderful violin solo. Thank God, it was Thursday because after dinner, the best event band in NYC laid down funky covers and I partied with the Make A Wish crew partied well into the night!
To find out how you can help, go to: www.metrony.wish.org