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Tarrytown's Make-A-Wish Foundation Presents Its Wish Ball Fundraiser

Janet and Tom Sullivan, longtime Make a Wish Foundation supporters, will be honored.
Janet and Tom Sullivan, longtime Make a Wish Foundation supporters, will be honored. Photo Credit: Contributed

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- Distinguished guests, corporate and community leaders will honor the courage of children with life-threatening medical conditions, the joy of their wishes and the compassion of donors at Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley’s annual Wish Ball.

The formal benefit, which is the year’s largest fundraiser for the chapter, will begin at 6:30 p.m., Friday May 8 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown.

The evening’s honorees — Janet and Tom Sullivan — are a prominent business and civic-minded couple from Orange County who have been longtime 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.”

Tom Sullivan, president and owner of Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home in Monroe and Highland Mills and William F. Hogan Funeral Home in Highland Falls, is president of the Orange County Chamber Board of Directors, which honored him with the Commitment to Community Award, among numerous accolades he has earned in a career spanning 40 years.

Janet Sullivan has worked with her husband in the business as office manager and has been an active charitable volunteer. Among her contributions to the community have been serving on the board of the Hospice Auxiliary, where she is a member, being past co-chair of the Hospice or Orange and Sullivan Counties Gala committee and past member of the board of Southwinds Retirement Home in Middletown.

The ball will feature live and silent auctions, cocktails and dinner. Guests will have the opportunity to adopt a child’s wish during the evening’s live auction.

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


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