25th annual Adopt-A-Wish campaign makes wishes come true for local kids
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The annual Adopt-A-Wish campaign is kicking off its 25th year this holiday season to support Make-A-Wish Northeast New York! All through the season, volunteers at local malls and businesses sell paper star “ornaments” to raise funds to help make wishes come true for kids and teens facing life-threatening medical conditions. Local schools also participate in helping raise funds through to the month of February. Each star features the story of a local wish kid who had his or her one true wish granted by the Northeast New York chapter.
More than 200 volunteers, including wish kids and families, work in booths at area malls, helping to make the Adopt-A-Wish Campaign one of the most well-known and successful fundraising campaigns in the region. Nearly 100 wishes are granted by the chapter each year, which could not be done without the help of these volunteers and the funds raised. “This campaign is so important because we believe that wishes are part of the medicine that helps seriously ill kids to get better,” said Bill Trigg, chapter CEO. “A substantial number of wishes for local children are funded by Adopt-A-Wish, it is our largest annual campaign.” he added.
This year’s campaign features eight Wish Ambassadors whose stories are told on the star ornaments:
Katelyn, 3, of Valley Falls: “I wish to meet the princesses at Walt Disney World”
Arianna, 5, of Scotia: “I wish to meet the ‘Frozen’ characters at Disney World”
Jesse, 4, of Queensbury: “I wish to go to the Florida theme parks”
Gianna, 8, of Esperance: “I wish to have a service dog”
Dawson, 11, of Amsterdam: “I wish to have a backyard treehouse”
Ben, 6, of Voorheesville: “I wish to go to Walt Disney World Resort”
Ben, 15, of Jay: “I Wish to meet JJ Watt and the Houston Texans”
Anthony, 7, of Lewis: “I Wish to go to the US Grand Prix”
The campaign began Nov. 16 with a kick-off event at Crossgates Mall, and will run through the end of the year in Colonie Center, Viaport Rotterdam, Wilton Mall, Aviation Mall, and Champlain Centre in Plattsburgh, as well as at branches of Trustco Bank, and many local businesses and schools. Donations for the campaign can also be made online. The cost of the stars will be $3 each at malls and businesses, and just $1 at local participating schools.
The Capital-area wish ambassadors will be hosted after the kick-off event by Dave & Buster's for the third consecutive year, for food, games, and fun! Dave & Buster's also begins their winter Make-A-Wish Campaign on Nov. 20, running until the end of the year, where guests have the opportunity to purchase a star during their visit. All money collected during the Dave & Buster's star sales will go directly to Make-A-Wish.