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2017 Light Up A Child's Life® Campaign

The Light Up A Child’s Life® campaign has been making the lives of children with critical illnesses a little bit brighter for the past 28 years. The courageous stories of our wish kids motivate both our volunteers and donors alike. By granting wishes, everyday people can make a difference in a child's life. To view video footage of the broadcasts, please visit livestream.com and search for Make-A-Wish TV.


St. Mary's-WQKY 98.9-FM

December 1st

  • Pictured here are Make-A-Wish® Punxsutawney Regional Manager Lindsey Herzing with Dr. Kurt Weiss. Back in 1990, Kurt was granted his one-true-wish to march with the Notre Dame Marching Band. Today, Kurt is married with two children and works for the Orthopaedic Department at UPMC. In addition, every year Make-A-Wish hosts the Kurt R. Weiss Scholarship for Wish Kids, a program offered to any wish kid who is a senior in high school and intends to pursue post-secondary education.

  • Pictured here is wish kid David with Regional Manager Lindsey Herzing. During the radio broadcast, David announced that he wishes to go deep sea fishing off the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Pictured here are Want Sipe from Dream Makers with Regional Manager Lindsey Herzing, with a check for $23,280.00 from their annual bike run held in July.

  • Pictured here are wish volunteer Linda Facchine with wish kid Aubrey. This past August, Aubrey was granted her wish to go to Paris, France. Since her wish, Aubrey now attends Pitt Bradford as a freshman.

Punxsutawney: WPXZ 104.1

December 11th-15th

  • Pictured here with Make-A-Wish Punxsutawney Regional Manager Lindsey Herzing are representatives from Acme Machine and Welding. Together, they raised more than $11,000 to grant wishes to children living with critical illnesses.

  • Pictured here is Ty the Quarter Guy with an early announcement of this year's total proceeds from his fundraising campaign. However, Ty had received an additional two donations after this photo was taken, bringing his grand total to $2,222 which puts his combined total at $17,098. If you're not familiar with the "Quarter Guy," it all started with four quarters when he was just three years old. Since then, Ty has been committed to collecting many more quarters to give back to local wish kids in his community. Over the past nine years, he's donated nearly $17,000 to Make-A-Wish.

Erie, STAR 104-FM

December 11th-17th

  • Pictured here are Make-A-Wish volunteers, staff and wish families managing the booths at this year's campaign at the Millcreek Mall in Erie, PA.

  • Pictured here is wish kid Trevin talking to Star 104’s Kyle Hendricks. Back in 2013, Trevin was granted his wish to go to the Florida theme parks.

  • Pictured here is wish kid Kendy with Star 104’s Tim Murphy.This past July, Kendy was granted her wish to go to the sun-kissed beaches of Clearwater, FL.

  • Pictured here is wish kid Kendy with Michelle from Make-A-Wish.

  • Pictured here is Make-A-Wish Regional Wish Assistant Michelle Hoffman with wish kid Johnathan and his mom, Tina. Back in 2015, Johnathan and his family were flown to the sunshine state of Florida to explore all the theme parks.

  • Pictured here is wish kid alum and Make-A-Wish volunteer Katy Holland with Star 104’s Kyle Hendricks. Back in 1996, Katy was granted her wish to go to the Florida theme parks, now she is 26 years old and is currently helping other children experience the power of a wish.

  • Pictured here is Star 104’s Tim Murphy interviewing wish kid Alyssa about her wish to go to the Florida theme parks in 2015. Alyssa is also one of our Make-A-Wish Holiday Card Contest winners for 2017.

  • Pictured here are Walmart representatives Charles Cuneo, Jackie Lazeski and (in the middle) Star 104's Kyle Hendricks. Last summer, Walmart/Sam's club held their Tournament of Dreamz Softball event, benefiting Make-A-Wish.

  • Pictured here is wish kid Cameron with Star 104’s Tim Murphy. In January of 2012, Cameron was granted his one-true-wish to tour the Duke Basketball facility and watch a game.

  • Pictured here is Make-A-Wish volunteer Raychel Adiutori with Star 104’s Kyle Hendricks.

  • Make-A-Wish volunteer Bradley Waite talks to Star 104's Kwame Dankwa about being a volunteer. Bradley's mom, Heather is also a volunteer for Make-A-Wish and introduced Bradley to volunteering.

Pittsburgh, Fifth Avenue Place

December 15th and 18th-20th

  • Pictured here are wish kid Jay with Make-A-Wish President & CEO Judith Stone and WISH 99.7 radio host Ron Antill. Back in 1991, Jay was granted his one-true-wish to go to the World Series and meet his favorite baseball player.

  • Pictured here are Judith Stone and Ron Antill with Pitt Ohio representatives Candi Cybator and Jacquie Ward. Since 1995, the employees of Pitt Ohio have been donation $1 out of their weekly paychecks and have raised more than $344,000 towards wish granting.

  • Pictured here are Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judith Stone, Ron Antill from WISH 99.7 , (in the back) Make-A-Wish Director of Development Stephanie Pugliese with Donald and Mitch Zombek. This is the fourth year of the Zombek Christmas Light Display, held in Elizabeth, PA. A grand lighting was held on November 25th with auctions, mascots hot chocolate and more. With all proceeds from the event benefiting Make-A-Wish. Together, the Zombek family has raised more than $22,000 since 2015.

  • On the broadcast with Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judith Stone and WISH 99.7 Radio host Ron Antill is CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty Ron Croushore and President of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty Jim Saxon. For twenty-seven years, the employees of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty have supported Make-A-Wish. Throughout the year they have hosted office fundraisers, yard sales, dances, auctions and holiday luncheons. Since 1991, the Berkshire Hathaway family has raised $1,223,489 to local children living with critical illnesses.

  • Pictured here with Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judith Stone are representatives from Luttner Financial Group, LFG, Earl and Nadia Luttner with a fellow Luttner employee. To date, Financial Group, LFG, has raised more than $410,000 toward wish granting through their annual benefit golf tournament.

  • Pictured here is PNC Treasury Management chair, David Enick, Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judith Stone, WISH 99.7 radio host Ron Antill and Make-A-Wish Development Director Stephanie Pugliese. On October 9, 2017, the 5th Annual PNC Treasury Management Golf Outing, Dinner and Auction was held at the Treesdale Country Club. To date, this event has raised more than $556,000 to granting wishes to local children.

  • Pictured here are Make-A-Wish volunteers Susan, Bill and Bernie managing the booth for future donations.

  • Pictured here are two members of Alpha Sigma Tau from Duquesne University with Samara Silverstein from Make-A-Wish. Since 2006, the sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau have been raising funds towards wish granting with their annual event, the Miss Duquesne Pageant. This great event grows each year and has raised more than $82,000 to date.

  • Picture here is owner of Kristi Boutique, Kristi West, Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judith Stone and Ron Antill from WISH 99.7. For two years, Kristi has hosted a fashion show at her boutique in Aspinwall, PA, with 20% of all sales made during the show benefiting Make-A-Wish. This fashion forward event has helped raise more than $9,000 towards wish granting.

  • Pictured here is Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judith Stone, WISH 99.7 radio host Ron Antill with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Director of Community Affairs Neil Parham and Senior Project Management Analyst Candace Baranski. During this year, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield was a sponsor of the Grapevine wine tasting event benefiting Make-A-Wish and worked with Make-A-Wish during the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.

  • Pictured here are North Hills High School students at the Fifth Avenue Place in Downtown Pittsburgh showing their support. Since 1994, students from North Hills High School have raised nearly $100,000 to Make-A-Wish. The Hands for Service Club organizes various fundraising activities throughout the year to raise money for local wish kids. This year the club plans to reach Wishmaker level through their second annual Jake Wudarczyk Monster Dash 5k event and a dance-a-thon in 2018.

  • Pictured here is PEAK Technical Staffing USA representatives Jamie Salvucci and Hilary Felix presenting a check to Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judith Stone, with Ron Antill from WISH 99.7. For the past two years, PEAK Technical Staffing USA has been supporting Make-A-Wish through the Wishmakers® at Work program. Throughout the year, PEAK has hosted various office fundraisers, including the extremely popular "Food Truck Round Up," where they invite neighboring businesses to chow down in support of Make-A-Wish.

  • Pictured here is Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judith Stone, WISH 99.7 radio host Ron Antill, Allegiant Managed Care Senior Vice President of Sales Drew Rotz and Make-A-Wish Development Director Stephanie Pugliese. This is the 13th appearance for Allegiant Managed Care (formerly Associates in Rehabilitation, Inc.) who have raised more than $49,000 for Make-A-Wish. They located in Greentree on Noblestown Road and provide case management services.

  • Pictured here are Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judith Stone, Ron Antill from WISH 99.7 and from Robert Peirce & Associates are Max Petrunya and Robert Peirce. The attorneys and staff at Robert Peirce & Associates law offices have been supporters of Make-A-Wish for 17 years. Since 2000, they have raised more than $66,000.

  • Pictured here are Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judith Stone, WISH 99.7 radio host Ron Antill, Make-AWish Development Coordinator Samara Silverstein and Marshall Middle School student Lorenzo Zottoli.Though the Marshall Middle School Make-A-Wish club was founded just three years ago, they have already granted two wishes and are working on their third. They hold various fundraisers throughout the year, determined to reach their goal. Lorenzo, the clubs president and founding member, has been holding fundraising events for Make-A- Wish since 2013. His first year, Lorenzo raised $865 by organizing a backyard carnival at his home in Wexford, PA. This year, Lorenzo organized a Halloween Haunted House which raised more than $1,000!

  • Pictured here is Marshall Middle School at this year's Light Up A Child's Life® Campaign.

  • Pictured here are Mckamish, Inc. employees and representatives presenting a donation to Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judith Stone. To date McKamish, Inc. has raised more than $1,152,831 toward granting wishes to children living with critical illnesses.

  • Pictured here with Stella! the Star is Ductmate Industries representatives Ray Yeager, Carol Singer and associates. Ductmate Industries have been long-time supporters of Make-A-Wish and have held several fundraisers throughout the year, such as 50/50 raffles and dress down Fridays, the corporation matches each dollar raised. To date, Ductmate Industries has raised more than $54,000 toward granting wishes.

  • Pictured here are PNC Investments representatives Rich Guerrini, Heather Weir and Walter Sheide with Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judith Stone. Every year, PNC Investments hosts their annual Open Your Heart Golf Outing & Dinner Auction, this year it was held on October 9th at Quick Silver Golf Club. Since its inception, the outing has raised $825,128 towards wish granting.

Pittsburgh, Fifth Avenue Place-Part 2

December 15th and 18th-20th

  • Pictured here is Baldwin High School junior Mikayla Davic, Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judith Stone and WISH 99.7 radio host Ron Antill. This is to fourth year in a row that Mikayla has raised funds for Make-A-Wish with her musical melodies. Mikayla has been writing and producing her very own musicals to showcase at her school. Mikayla's goal is to raise $50,000 for Make-A-Wish before she graduates high school.

  • Pictured here is Baldwin High School student Mikayla Davic with Stella! the Star.

  • Pictured here is Grapevine Committee chair Kim Carradine, Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judith Stone and WISH 99.7's Ron Antill. This past May was the 14th Annual Grapevine: A Wine Tasting Event, held in Downtown Pittsburgh at Howl at the Moon Pittsburgh. Grapevine is an evening of wine, food and silent auctions all organized by the Grapevine Host Committee. This past year, the event brought in more than $65,000 for wish granting.

  • Pictured here is Audia Otto from Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC, Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judith Stone and WISH 99.7's Ron Antill. Audia and her team at the Murrysville office of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services are the coordinators of the annual Purse Bash held every April in Monroeville, PA. Since 2007, the associates of Coldwell Banker Realty Services have raised $865,650 for Make-A-Wish.

  • Pictured here is Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judith Stone, WISH 99.7's Ron Antill, Make-A-Wish Development Coordinator Shannon O'Halloran and Kathy Slencak of CentiMark. CentiMark employees have been supporting Make-A-Wish for years—raising more than $35,000 over the past 10 years. In honor of its 50-year milestone, CentiMark has made its goal to raise $50,000 to Make-A-Wish in 2018.

  • Pictured here are Make-A-Wish staff, volunteers and WISH 99.7, signing-off at the Fifth Avenue Place in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh, Mall at Robinson

December 15th, 16th and 18th-20th

  • Pictured here are wish mom Jamee and wish sister Myla talking to Make-A-Wish Volunteer Manager Amanda Filsinger about Caleb's wish. Back in 2016, seven-year-old Caleb of Monroeville, PA, was granted his wish to have a hot tub. Since his wish, Caleb, his mom and his sister are able to enjoy his wish at the comfort of their home.

  • Pictured here are Amanda Filsinger from Make-A-Wish with Melissa Herbinko and the staff of GKG Orthodontics. Since 2006, GKG Orthodontics has raised more than $61,000 towards wish granting.

  • Pictured here is WISH 99.7 radio host Cris Winter, Make-A-Wish Volunteer Manager Amanda Filsinger and students of Shenango High School Peek Leadership program. This is Shenango High School's 8th year of supporting Make-A-Wish, raising nearly $11,500 this year. Since their first donation, they have raised more than $51,000.

  • Pictured here are Cris Winter from WISH 99.7, Make-A-Wish volunteer Lynne Mandel and Volunteer Manager Amanda Filsinger. Lynne has been volunteering for Make-A-Wish since 1991 and has help fulfill several wishes. In addition, Lynne also volunteers at some of our special fundraising events like, Grapevine and Boo & Brew Bash.

  • Stella! the Star posing with the students of Shenango High School.

  • Make-A-Wish volunteer Lindsay Shumate collecting donations and holding up a baby Stella! the Star.

  • Pictured here is Make-A-Wish Development Director Stephanie Pugliese with wish kid Colin and his sisters. In Marsh of 2017, Colin was granted his wish to go to LEGOLAND®.

  • Pictured here with Make-A-Wish Development Director Stephanie Pugliese is wish kid Lilliana and her family. Back in September of 2016, Lilliana was granted her wish to go on a cruise with her family.

  • Pictured here are Make-A-Wish Development Director with wish Alum Tyler. Back in 2015, Tyler was granted his most heartfelt wish to go to Hawaii. Now, he is a senior at Seneca Valley High School and is looking to give back. For his senior project, Tyler created an event called Ride for Wishes, that was held in last November and raised more than $7,000.

  • Pictured here are Stephanie Pugliese from Make-A-Wish, wish kid Brady and Jordan Kline from WISH 99.7. Back in November, Brady was grant his wish to go snorkeling on a tropical vacation.

  • Pictured here is Bryan Benson and the Committee of Wheels, Wings & Wishes. Every year Wheels, Wings & Wishes hosts an annual fundraiser featuring a car show, chicken wings and wish kids who are invited to take rides in the classic cars. In it's third year, they have raised $13,600 to Make-A-Wish.

  • Pictured here with Stephanie Pugliese and Jordan Kline is wish kid Evan and his family. Back in February of 2017, Evan was granted his wish to have new computer for creating YouTube videos and playing games.

  • Pictured here are Stephanie Pugliese from Make-A-Wish and Jordan Kline for WISH 99.7 with wish kid Cuyler and his family. Back in January of 2017, Cuyler was granted his wish to go to Univerval Studios® and all of the Florida theme parks.

  • Pictured here from Kuhn's Market is Jodi Zema with her family, Adrianna Denticia and WISH 99.7's Jordan Kline. Since 2003, Kuhn's Market has been a campaign sponsor raising more than $12,000 for wishes.

  • Pictured here is author Aaron Dunbar with actors and the production staff of the movie "A Wish for Giants" and (standing on the right-hand side) WISH 99.7 radio host Jordan Kline. Having an avid interest in Big Foot, local author Aaron Dunbar wrote the Adult book- "A wish for Giants," giving Make-A-Wish $2 of each book sold. With the success of the book, he then went on to write, direct and produce the movie "A Wish for Giants" to be premiered at the Kovalchick Convention ad Athletic Complex in Indiana, PA, on February 17, 2018. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

  • Pictured here with Stephanie Pugliese from Make-A-Wish is Donnie Barney of Bar None Pittsburgh. The staff and patrons of Bar None in Uniontown, PA—lead by Donnie Barney came together on December 9, 2017 to host a charity concert benefiting Make-A-Wish.

  • Pictured here are Stephanie Pugliese from Make-A-Wish with Waynesburg University student Derek McMonagle. Derek organized a basketball tournament on his campus to raise money for local wish kids. With the help of his fellow students, staff and community, Derek raised nearly $2,000.

  • Pictured here are AIGA Pittsburgh and GUTS representative Anastasia Lanz with Make-A-Wish Development Director Stephanie Pugliese. Last October, the 3rd Annual GUTS Pumpkin Carving Contest sponsored by AIGA Pittsburgh was held at Spirit in Pittsburgh, PA. To date, AIGA Pittsburgh has raised nearly $10,000 to Make-A-Wish.

  • Pictured here is wish Alum Mawell with his mom Phyllis and Stephanie from Make-A-Wish. Back in 1991, Maxwell's wish to go to Hawaii was granted. Now, Maxwell is now 32 years old and is now working as an attorney.

  • Pictured here with Stephanie Pugliese and Jordan Kline is wish kid Eddie with his family. Last summer, Eddie was granted his wish to have a play set in his backyard.

Pittsburgh, Mall at Robinson - Part 2

December 15th, 16th and 18th-20th

  • Pictured here are wish kids Austin and Mia with their families. Mia was granted her wish to go to the Florida theme parks back in 2014 and Austin is planning to have his wish granted next year to go to the Florida theme parks too.

  • Pictured here is Make-A-Wish Development Coordinator Samara Silverstein (right-hand side) with students from the Derry Area High School Interact Club. Since 1994, students of the Derry Area High School Interact Club have been fundraising for Make-A-Wish.This past spring, the students hosted the Bachelor Auction and raised $22,000, making their grand total since 1994, more than $135,000.

  • Pictured here with Samara Silverstein from Make-A-Wish are students from the Highlands National Honor Society. This year, the Highlands National Honor Society hosted a dodgeball tournament benefiting Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. This fantastic sports event raised $7,000 for children living with critical illnesses.

  • Pictured here with Samara Silverstein from Make-A-Wish are students and faculty from Eisenhower Elementary School. Since their support back in 1991, the students of Eisenhower Elementary have raised more than $196,000 in support of Make-A-Wish. Thanks to their annual Math-A-Thon event, local children can experience the power of a wish.

  • Pictured here is Cris Winter from WISH 99.7 and Samara Silverstein from Make-A-Wish with Mr. Waterheater Owner John Sembower and employees. Mr. Waterheater has been an avid supporter of Make-A-Wish since 2013. Together, they have raised more that $27,000 from corn hole tournaments, happy hours, kick ball tournatments, chili cook-offs ugly sweater parties and more!

  • Mr. Waterheater and Stella! the Star hanging out at the Mall at Robinson.

  • Pictured here is Cris Winter from WISH 99.7, Mark Cinna of ThermoFisher Scientific and Samara Silverstein from Make-A-Wish. Celebrating its 11th year, the Tom Sajko Memorial Golf out was held last August at Blackhawk Golf Course in Beaver, PA. This event has raised more than $25,000 since 2009.

  • Pictured here are Cris Winter from WISH 99.7, wish kid Mikayla and Samara Silverstein from Make-A-Wish. In 2013, Mikayla was granted her wish to goon a Alaskan cruise. Now, Mikayla is working to pay it forward with her upcoming senior project benefiting Make-A-Wish.

  • Pictured here is wish kid Kiptyn with his mom Kelly and Samara Silverstein from Make-A-Wish. Back in 2016, Kiptyn was granted his wish to go to the Florida theme parks with his family.

  • Pictured here is Make-A-Wish Development Coordinator Shannon O'Halloran with the Kreutzer family. Every year the Kreutzer family hosts their Wishes Do Come True One Pitch Co-ed Softball Tournament, benefiting Make-A-Wish. Together, the Kreutzer family has raised more than $19,000 since 2013. This special event is held in honor of their son wish kid Jaden Henry, who was granted his wish to go to the Florida theme parks.

  • Pictured here is Shannon O'Halloran from Make-A-Wish with Pokey Weiss and Lisa Bakaysza-Cepaitis from Steel City Harley-Davidson. Since 2007, the employees and customers of Steel City Harley-Davidson have held Ride for A Wish, a massive motorcycle ride event benefiting Make-A-Wish. This year, they have raised more than $50,000 towards wish granting.

  • Pictured here with Shannon from Make-A-Wish is Linda Randas and Denny Levan from Thermo Twin Windows. Thermo Twin Windows is located in Oakmont, PA, and has been supporting Make-A-Wish through their annual fundraisers since 1991. Funds are raised throughout the year at various employee events events like their annual summer picnic and holiday luncheon. Thanks to their support that have raised more than $78,000 to date for Make-A-Wish.

  • Pictured here with Shannon O'Halloran from Make-A-Wish are ABG Capital representatives and employees. ABG Capital has been supporting Make-A-Wish since 2005, donating more than $68,000 over the course of 12 years. This company's "work hard, play hard" culture, truly emphasizes giving back to the community.

  • Pictured here with Shannon O'Halloran from Make-A-Wish are wish kid Tia and her family. Tia talked about her wish experience that happened in December 2016, when she and her family went on a tropical vacation.

  • Pictured here with Make-A-Wish Development Coordinator Shannon O'Halloran are Make-A-Wish Volunteers Michelle Houser and Beverly Bender.

  • Pictured here is Shannon O'Halloran from Make-A-Wish with wish kid Gregory and his mom, Janice, talking about their experience with Make-A-Wish. In September of 2016, Gregory was granted his wish to go to the Florida theme parks.

  • Pictured here with Shannon O'Halloran from Make-A-Wish is Dr. Ronald S. Good, Gina Good Romano and Dr. Robert F. Good, II. Good Orthodontics, with offices in Mt. Lebanon, Pleasant Hills and Washington, PA has been supporting Make-A-Wish since 1995—donating more than $25,000. Good Orthodontics makes their donation in honor of their clients and partners and this year in memory of their mother, Marie Good.

  • Pictured here with Shannon O'Halloran from Make-A-Wish is Finn Chiropractic Group Wellness Coordinator, Jenn Peffer presenting a donation. The associates of Finn Chiropractic Group have been fundraising for Make-A-Wish since 2011. They have helped to fulfill the wishes of 17 children from the Butler county area and have raised more than $58,000.

  • Pictured here with Make-A-Wish Development Coordinator Shannon O'Halloran are Donny and Billy from North Country Brewing Company. North Country Brewing Company is best known for their artisan craft beer and is located in Slippery Rock, PA. For the past three years,North Country Brewing Company has been donating to Make-A-Wish and other local nonprofit organizations.

  • Pictured here is Shannon O'Halloran from Make-A-Wish with Make-A-Wish volunteers Bill and Lindsey.

Pittsburgh, Mall at Robinson - Part 3

December 15th, 16th and 18th-20th

  • Pictured here is Make-A-Wish volunteer Erika McElligott with Make-A-Wish Communications Assistant Liz Simison.

  • Pictured here with Make-A-Wish Communications Assistant Liz Simison and WISH 99.7's Cris Winter are Scott York and his family. Every Year, York Realty President Scott York and his family host the Wish Upon a Pin Nite. This bowling event started back in 2010 and to date, has raised more than $47,000.

  • Pictured here with WISH 99.7's Cris Winter and Liz Simison from Make-A-Wish are employees of Busy Beaver. Since 1999, Busy Beaver has help support the cause of granting wishes to children living with critical illnesses. Their generous donations come from raffles and wishing wells at their grand re-opening of new stores.

  • Pictured here are representatives of UBS Financial Services with WISH 99.7's Cris Winter and Liz Simison from Make-A-Wish. For a second consecutive year, the advisors of UBS Financial Services in Sewickley, PA, have donated a wish at $4,400 in honor of their clients and business partners. Amanda Colledge (second on the left-hand side) is also a wish granting volunteer for Make-A-Wish.

  • Pictured here is Make-A-Wish Communications Assistant Liz Simison with the 501st Legion Garrison Carida. This group had a booth at LegoFest held at the Monroeville Convention Center earlier this year. Dressed in their various costumes from a galaxy far, far away, customers made a donation and could shoot them with Nerf guns. With a line around the building they raised $2,313.

  • The 501st Legion Garrison Carida unmasked at the event.

  • Stella! the star with the 501st Legion Garrison Carida.

  • Pictured here is wish alum Nick Daley with Liz Simison for Make-A-Wish. Back in 2011, Nick was granted his wish to go to Las Vegas to meet his favorite performer.

  • Pictured here are Krista, Kaitlyn and Kiera Wheeler with Liz Simison from Make-A-Wish. These sweet young girls raised money for Make-A-Wish by caroling in their neighborhood this holiday season.

  • Pictured here is wish kid Billy with Liz Simison from Make-A-Wish. Back in 2006, Billy was granted his one-true-wish to go to the Florida theme parks.

  • Pictured here is wish kid Billy with his family, friends, neighbors, teachers and principal.

  • Pictured here are Kathy Burnheimer and Leslie Polinko from Frosted Envy Bakery and Make-A-Wish Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications Dana Antkowiak.

  • Pictured here with Dana Antkowiak from Make-A-Wish are employees from Coldwell Banker Realty Services. Every March, Coldwell Banker Realty Services hosts an annual bowling event called Bowling & Beach. Since 2007, Coldwell Banker Realty Services has raised more than $865,000 and has held many fundraising events throughout the year.

  • Pictured here with Dana Antkowiak from Make-A-Wish is wish kid Jimmy with his family. Back in 2015, Jimmy was granted his wish to visit the Florida theme parks. Jimmy and his family also attends the Wheels, Wings & Wishes event, he is a wish ambassador at the event every year.

  • Pictured here is wish kid Desolina watching footage from the broadcast. Last January, Desolina was granted her wish to go to the Florida theme parks.

  • Pictured here is wish alum and donor Zack with Dana Antkowiak from Make-A-Wish. Zack had his wish granted for a Pittsburgh dinosaur statue when he was very young. Now, as a freshman at Duquesne University, he is studying nursing so that he can help children going through situations similar to what he faced. For five years, Zack held an event called Make A Move which for the first four years was a bike/run/walk event and for the last was a bowling event. Through these events, he raised more than $150,000 for Make-A- Wish.

A special thanks to the following stations and personnel who helped make wishes come true…

Tony Renda, Sr., owner of Renda Broadcasting
WISH 99.7 -FM in Pittsburgh, PA; its dedicated staff, including Ron Antill, Jordan Kline and Cris Winter.
Our Pittsburgh broadcast sites: Fifth Avenue Place and the Mall at Robinson
WRTS Star 104-FM in Erie, PA; General Manager Michael Malpiedi, DJs Jessica Curry, Tim Murphy, Kyle Hendricks and Kwame Dankwa.
WDSN Sunny 106-FM in DuBois, PA; its owner Jay Philippone, Station staff and Clearfield County volunteers.
98.9 WQKY-FM in St. Marys, PA; Station Manager John Salter, Gary Mitchell and volunteer Linda Facchine.
WPXZ-FM 104.1-FM in Punxsutawney, PA;  Station Manager John Barnes, Station staff and Jefferson County volunteers. 

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