GREENWICH, Conn. -- Rose’ on the Rooftop, a launch event for the Make-A-Wish Connecticut Celebrating Wishes Ball, took place last month on the rooftop deck at the Samuel Owen Gallery in Greenwich.
Over 60 people came out to sip cocktails and learn about the Celebrating Wishes Ball. The signature fundraising event raises over $500,000 each November and grants over 50 wishes yearly to Connecticut children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Rose’ on the Rooftop kicked off with a welcome from Pam Keough, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Connecticut.
Along with co-chairs Gina Filippelli, Brooke Bohnsack and Julie Rivard, Keough and the Make-A-Wish team recognized three Wish Kids in attendance who shared their experiences throughout the evening.
Attendees had the opportunity to hear from Connor O’Neill, whose wish of going on a Mediterranean cruise was granted in April.
Guests also heard from Lauren Telesz, a now-published author, after her wish of becoming an author came true with her published children’s book. She autographed promotional pamphlets for her book, "The Excursion."
The night concluded with hearing from Wish Kid Sam Buck’s family about his trip to see a Formula 1 auto race at the F1 Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, where he met his favorite racecar driver last October.
The Celebrating Wishes Ball that will take place Nov. 5 at the Greenwich Country Club.
“It was so wonderful to see the excitement about the Celebrating Wishes Ball build after this event,” said Brooke Bohnsack, committee co-chair. “It is always great to see so many people who want to learn about Make-A-Wish and how they can help make a difference in the lives of kids like Connor, Sam and Laura.”
This year marks the 30th Anniversary for Make-A-Wish Connecticut. Over 2,600 kids have been granted wishes in Connecticut over those 30 years, 240 of which will be granted this year alone. The average cost of a wish is $10,000.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.Wish-come-true experiences can provide a much-needed break from lengthy hospital stays and medical treatments.
For more information on Make-A-Wish Connecticut and the Celebrating Wishes Ball, click here or call 203-261-9044.