GREENWICH, Conn. -- Make-A-Wish Connecticut’s annual “Celebrating Wishes” Ball took place last month at the Greenwich Country Club, raising more than $500,000.
The money will go toward the organization’s mission in Connecticut of granting the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions.
The event featured dinner, music, dancing, and almost 200 live and silent auction items. The evening’s program presented many Wish Kids from recent years, who mingled with guests throughout dinner, shared their wish experiences and inspired all those in attendance to deepen their relationship with Make-A-Wish.
It also shared the story of 17-year-old Lauren, of Fairfield, whose wish is to have her own children’s book published and to become an author. Lauren was diagnosed with cancer in her freshman year of high school, and has had to overcome great struggles throughout the past few years.
“Lauren is an incredible young woman, filled with a courage and a maturity that everyone around her notices,” said Pam Keough, president and CEO for Make-A-Wish Connecticut. “She and her family continued to show that courage when they stood in front of hundreds of people and shared some of the most difficult moments of their lives. Lauren’s wish is an inspiration to so many other children battling life-threatening medical conditions. She has shown what the power of imagination can do for your spirit during a time of great need. We were so honored to be able to celebrate their presence at the ball this year.”
Keough said the average cost of a wish is $10,000 so this year's event will allow the agency to "make 50 kids dreams become a reality."
She said its goal is to grant more than 200 wishes this year.
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