WHITE PLAINS, NY -- The race is on to raise $100,000 to help grant the pending wishes of 150 kids in the region with life-threatening medical conditions as supporters get ready to participate in Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley’s 12th Annual 5K Walk/Run for Wishes.
The life-affirming and inspiring grass roots fundraiser will be held on Sunday, October 29, rain or shine, at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown Heights.
The fundraiser will start with registration at 8:30 AM, continue with the Walk/Run for Wishes at 10 AM and conclude with an awards ceremony. The awards will be presented by special guest and Celebrity Event Chairman Mike Bennett of WHUD’s Mike and Kacey in the Morning who will emcee the day’s event.
As in the past, Walk/Run for Wishes will draw a wide range of supporters from throughout the region including Wish kids, families, local businesses, organizations, community leaders, schools and individuals for a day designed to make wishes come true.
“There is still time to help make a difference in the lives of our kids by becoming a sponsor, making a donation and registering to participate in this day that will bring hope, strength and joy to our Wish Kids and their families,” said Thomas J. Conklin, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley.
The chapter serves eight counties: Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester. Since it was established in 1986, Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley has helped bring hope, strength and joy to more than 2,600 children ranging in age from 2 ½ to 18 and their families.
The average cash cost of granting a wish ranges from $7,500 to $10,000 “which is why meeting or even surpassing the $100,000 goal for Walk/Run for Wishes is so vitally important,” Conklin noted.
Participants can register online (click Register Now!) and also donate to a team or other participant by visiting www.hudson.wish.org. In addition, the chapter offers sponsorship opportunities ranging from $500 to $7,500. For more information about how to become a sponsor and the benefits of supporting one of the most highly regarded causes and aligning with one of America’s most respected brands, contact Megan Laurelli: [email protected], (914) 478-9474.
The 5K Run & Walk for Wishes is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.