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Tommy Austin, Make-A-Wish ® Co-founder, Talks About the Wish that Became a Movement

Tommy Austin and his wife Kay are considered the original wish granters for their roles in helping 7-year-old Chris Greicius be a police officer “to catch bad guys” with Austin. That compassionate gesture to a dying boy proved to be the roots of Make-A-Wish®. The Austins are the featured guests at the Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York annual Wish Gala, dubbed The Year of the Wish Granter.

We asked Tommy Austin to reflect on Chris' wish, and his continued involvement with Make-A-Wish.
Wishmaking Monthly
He Stone-cold Nailed It: Tiago's Snow Days
Tiago Cusano had never seen snow ... but he had seen bobsledding, on TV. And that's what the Make-A-Wish ® Southern Florida wish kid wanted to do for his wish.

With the help of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York, the Olympic community and many others, the Miami Springs, Florida, 8-year-old and his family were introduced to the wonders of winter, from sliding to snowballs, in the home of miracles: Lake Placid. Read on and watch this memorable wish that melted hearts from the Adirondack mountaintops to the Florida shores.
Broschinsky Named Director of Development

Kirsten Broschinsky, six-year-veteran of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York, has been named Director of Development of the Chapter.

As director, she will oversee the major fundraising events of the organization, including the Adopt-A-Wish Holiday Campaign, annual Gala and Walk for Wishes®, and manage the Annual Giving program for the Chapter.
Big Day of Skiing at Whiteface March 24
Last Call: March 24 should be *the* day on your skiing calendar, as Whiteface Mountain, Olympian Andrew Weibrecht and the famed Mirror Lake Inn have a deal that's too good to pass up. And it's all to benefit Make-A-Wish Northeast New York.

We are talking:

  • Half-price lift tickets that day with a donation.
  • A chance to ski with, and against, an Olympic medalist.
  • A raffle with a chance to win a stay at one of the finest resorts in the Northeast.
  • A reception.

Click on the link below for details.
Join Our Chapter Team
We are hiring for two positions: Development Manager (full-time) and Wish Coordinator (part-time, 30 hours per week).

The Development Manager, a new position, will be responsible for the management and growth of various components of the Chapter’s development program.

The Wish Coordinator is primarily responsible for coordinating Disney-themed wishes.

Click the link to learn more and apply.
Spring is Coming. Really it is. Honest.

Find your golf clubs. Be prepared to jump out of an airplane. And get ready to ride ... The Make-A-Wish Northeast New York calendar is packed with events in the coming months. Check them out, and come back often -- we are always adding more!
Plattsburgh Bowlers Will be Rolling for Wishes March 24
Come out to North Bowl Lanes in Plattsburgh March 24 with your team of five to compete in the inaugural Naked Turtle Bowl-A-Thon to benefit Make-A-Wish Northeast New York. The cost is $25 per person, with start times at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information or to register, call North Bowl Lanes at 518-561-1690.
New Wish Granting Class Certified by Chapter
Volunteers and staff pose in the Make-A-Wish office Saturday after the volunteers completed training to become wish granters.
Teamwork Created a Lifetime Memory for All

Tiago’s wish , highlighted above, is one of the finest examples of inter-chapter cooperation that makes a child’s wish as amazing and magical as it can possibly be. We are proud to have helped our Southern Florida Chapter give Tiago and his family a wish experience they will treasure always.

We are blessed to have a great team of Trustees, staff, and donors in Lake Placid who really went all out to give Tiago a stellar Northeast New York wish experience.


William C. Trigg, III, CEO, Make-A-Wish Northeast New York