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The 2020 Salute to Our Amazing Volunteers

The Make-A-Wish Northeast New York Year of the Wish Granter may be drawing to a close, but our appreciation for all the volunteers who make wishes possible never ceases.

Each year, the chapter recognizes a handful of standout volunteers, while noting that every volunteer is essential to what we do.

“Our volunteers are the mortar that holds the edifice of Make-A-Wish together. Without them, we simply could not fulfill our mission,” said William C. Trigg, III, CEO of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York. “With these awards, we recognize not only a few exceptional individuals, but also our entire corps of volunteers who enable our mission of creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.”

The chapter recognizes these 2020 volunteer award recipients:

Wish Champion Award

Linda Doyle

Whether working in the chapter’s office, at an event or granting one of her many wishes (often alongside husband, Michael), Linda is one of the most versatile, valuable and cherished individuals in the Make-A-Wish community. Here at the office, we consider her family.

Rising Star

Jim Bettini

This award – think of it as a “Rookie of the Year’’ – goes to a newcomer who is not only a passionate and dedicated wish granter but is quick to volunteer for chapter events and tasks ranging from the daunting to the mundane.

Wish Team

Jesse & Rusty Matteson

One of roughly a dozen couples who are wish granters, the Mattesons serve the Tri-County region of our chapter – and much more. Quick to respond, they will also take on wishes in the Capital Region and the North County. No wish is too far or too complex, and they put their heart and soul into every one.

Wish Star

Rob Roemer

A member of the Make-A-Wish Board of Trustees and a newly minted wish granter, Rob can be counted on a number of ways, whether it be raising funds, hosting events at CAP COM Federal Credit Union, serving as a liaison to the business community, granting wishes and more. His passion for the mission is clear every day.

Above and Beyond

Sabra Venezia

Need someone to greet a wish family at the airport at 5 a.m.? Sabra is there. How about a last-second volunteer to staff an event table? She’s on it. Is there a wish in need of a wish granter? Not as soon as you ask Sabra. Friendly and familiar from the moment you meet, Sabra is always willing to help out and do more for wish kids and families.

Apr 23, 2020

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