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Make A Wish Hudson Valley Honors Children At Its Wish Ball In Tarrytown

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TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley will honor the courage of children with life-threatening medical conditions, the joy of their wishes and the compassion of donors at the annual Wish Ball Friday.

The formal benefit, which is the year’s largest fundraiser for the chapter, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown.

Darlene Rodriguez of NBC’s Today in New York and Mike Bennett of WHUD’s Mike & Kacey in the Morning, will serve as celebrity co-hosts for the evening’s festivities. 

The evening’s honorees — Janet and Tom Sullivan — are a prominent business and civic-minded couple from Orange County who have been long-time supporters of Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley. They will be presented with the Frank and Kitty Shankwitz Award, given to individuals who represent the same compassion, dedication and support of the foundation’s mission as Frank and Kitty, who were two of the founders of Make-A-Wish, more than three decades ago.     

“The generous contributions and volunteer work of Tom and Janet Sullivan have significantly helped our chapter to carry out its mission, to bring joy to so many children,” said Thomas Conklin, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley. “Thanks to their longstanding ties to the Orange County community and their tireless efforts, Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley has been well positioned to meet the needs of the territory it serves, especially that of Orange County.”

The ball will feature live and silent auctions, cocktails and dinner. Guests will have the unique opportunity to adopt a child’s wish during the evening’s live auction. Music will be provided by The Motones, one of the area’s premier horn band ensembles.

For more information, contact Tara Thorne at or 914-478-0327.

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