For children who are fighting illnesses, sometimes a simple wish can give them the extra strength that they need. The Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) is throwing a “A Night Under the Stars,” event to support those very wishes. What many don't know is that it typically costs Make-A-Wish Central New York $12,000 on average to grant a wish and they have 120 wishes currently in progress.
In an effort to help meet the demand, the YPAC is hosting their signature event for the second year. They raised over $10,000 last year and YPAC member Maddie Halstead says that this year's event will feature events like a cocktail hour, buffet dinner, a silent auction and a keynote speech.
Leslie English, the CEO of Dale Carnegie CNY will be the keynote speaker and plans to comment on the qualities of role models, and how they can impact people. "Not only the parents, but all the folks at Make-A-Wish, YPAC and the wish recipients are all role models," English notes.
Wish Dad Brian Heffron's daughter is one of those role models. Kyla was diagnosed at only 2 years old and after 2 years of fighting, she was mentally exhausted. She was granted a wish by the foundation of meeting meet Doc McStuffins at Disney World. "It was the momentum that she needed to progress through this condition," Heffron said. She now is doing wonderfully and a true wish success story.
The event will take place on Friday, February 23 at 7:00pm from the Grand Ballroom at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Tickets are $70 dollars each, and must be pre-purchased. They are available on Eventbrite.com.
For more information on Make-A-Wish Central New York and how you maybe can help, visit cny.wish.org