Suffolk County Make-a-Wish Foundation’s, “Bouquet of Wishes”

Make A Wish Bouquet of Wishes 2014

We attended the annual Suffolk County Make-a-Wish Foundation’s, “Bouquet of Wishes” at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook last night. What a beautiful and touching event! Put this on your calendars for next year- it’s not one to miss. Besides the people, the food, and the raffle prizes, the most enjoyable part of the evening is seeing first-hand what this wonderful organization does for children and their families. Last night, we were treated once again to an incredible experience- we watched President & CEO Karine Hollander grant a boy’s wish right in front of us, on stage. As she announced that Kyle would be flying to Colorado next week to meet his favorite lacrosse team, the doors burst open for a thrilling performance by the East Islip marching band the Stony Brook University cheerleaders (complete with the Seawolves mascot, Wolfie) of “Don’t Stop Believing”. The crowd joined in, some with pom-poms in hand to cheer Kyle on and celebrate the news. As he stood stunned on stage, Kyle said “This is AMAZING”! Another treat was a speech made by eight year old Armanie from Yaphank. This part of the evening was particularly heartfelt for our team. Armanie, who we got to meet, is a truly courageous and charismatic boy. He’s sweet and full of energy. Armanie delivered a speech to the crowd, explaining his Make a Wish experience, which was to go on a Nickelodean cruise with his family. He told us that he met the chef and made a cake, swam in the water in the Bahamas, and even held a crocodile. He also made a point to thank our President, John Irwin during the speech, for sponsoring his wish. Irwin Contracting is a long time supporter of Make a Wish, and to meet a person who you’ve touched is something very special. There were many more beautiful stories shared, and much money raised during the candle-lighting fundraiser that was held. Again, I suggest you look into this for next year; it’s a great cause and great experience. Proceeds of this fundraising event go towards granting wishes to children in Suffolk County who suffer from life-threatening medical conditions.
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