Make-A-Wish Connecticut “Celebrating Wishes” Ball Raises $550,000+ Toward Wishes of CT Children with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions

Committee Chairs Sharon Platter, Brooke Bohnsack, Gina Filippelli and Julie Rivard

Committee Chairs Sharon Platter, Brooke Bohnsack, Gina Filippelli and Julie Rivard. Contributed photo

Make-A-Wish Connecticut celebrated 30 years of wishes come true at their annual Celebrating Wishes Ball on Saturday, November 5.

The annual dinner, dance and auction raised over $550,000 this year. Funds raised will go toward granting the wishes of Connecticut children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The annual event took place at the Greenwich Country Club and was a night full of inspiration, fun, and helping more wishes come true. In their 30 years of existence, Make-A-Wish Connecticut has granted over 2,700 wishes for local children.

John Crowley, a Wish Dad, former National Board Chair and the inspiration for the film Extraordinary Measures, was the special guest of the event and began the evening’s program with a moving speech about his family’s journey and the impact of a wish. . Following his speech, Pam Keough, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Connecticut thanked everyone for coming and helping the event be so successful.

Event emcees Michael Kay of the YES Network and Jodi Applegate introduced nearly a dozen Wish Kids to the 400 guests in attendance. The “Wish Ambassadors” had their wishes granted over the past year and joined guests to share their unique stories throughout the evening.

Two particular Wish Kids were honored at the 30th Anniversary celebration this year: 6-year-old Quinn, who wished to go to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, and 10-year-old Connor, who wished to go on a Mediterranean cruise. Quinn and Connor shared their stories of how their wishes gave them hope, strength and joy to continue to fight their conditions.

Guest Speaker, Wish Dad & Inspiration for Extraordinary Measures John Crowley

Guest Speaker, Wish Dad & Inspiration for Extraordinary Measures John Crowley. Contributed photo

Masters of Ceremonies Michael Kay & Jodi Applegate

Masters of Ceremonies Michael Kay & Jodi Applegate. Contributed photo

Honored Wish Recipients Quinn Ostergren & Connor O’Neill

Honored Wish Recipients Quinn Ostergren & Connor O’Neill. Contributed photo


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. Wish-come-true experiences can do wonders by providing a much-needed break from lengthy hospital stays and medical treatments, giving 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 2,700 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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