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Waffles and Wishes

On April 19, wish kid Barry and his family had a pleasant surprise, thanks to the wonderful Make-A-Wish partners at this year’s Waffles and Wishes event in Erie, PA. This special 7-year-old was delighted to find that in two weeks he and his family would be flying to the theme parks in Orlando, FL.

In addition to Barry’s wish reveal, he was also presented with an early birthday treat baked by wish mom Tiffani Wasiela. The brightly decorated cake was to commemorate Barry’s 8th birthday that would be happening on the week of his wish. Soon, Barry will be celebrating his birthday in the happiest place on earth and sharing wonderful memories with his family.

This fantastic event raised more than $30,000 towards granting wishes to local children with life-threatening medical conditions.  

  • Wish kid Barry at the Waffles and Wishes event in Erie, PA.

  • Waffles and Wishes was held at the Ambassador & Banquet Conference Center in Erie, PA.

  • Master of Ceremonies and Make-A-Wish volunteer Lisa Chinsky talks with Barry about his wish. Barry is seated with his parents Barry, Jr. and Stacy.

  • Wish kid ​Barry celebrates the day with his dad, Barry, Jr., his step mom, Heather, and his siblings, Caitlin, Makayla, and Zachary.

  • Wish kid Barry, with his parents Barry, Jr. and Stacy, take a moment to chat with Dennis Prischak of Plastek Industries.

  • Nick Scott, Jr., owner and Vice President of Scott Enterprises, event Presenting Sponsor, presents Barry with a gift package from Splash Lagoon.

  • ​Barry with his mom, Stacy and her fiancé Brian.

  • Wish kid Johnny, spoke at the breakfast about his wish experience at the Orlando theme parks. He is pictured here with his parents John and Maria, and siblings, Vivian, Marisa and Michael.

  • Barry and his parents pose with UPMC Health Plan employees Jenny Weigold Geertson, Charles “Boo” Hagerty, Phyllis DiPlacido, and Kristen Munch.

  • Barry's birthday cake surprise during his wish reveal.

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