Wish families, volunteers paying it forward by raising funds, awareness


Make-A-Wish Central New York and local supporters gathered today at the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce to kick off a month-long fundraising campaign called Wish Heroes. The virtual fundraiser takes place throughout April and culminates on World Wish Day, April 29th.  The overall goal is to raise $50,000 in support of wishes for nearly 200 critically ill children throughout Make-A-Wish Central New York’s 15-county territory, which includes the Mohawk Valley.


Make-A-Wish Central New York President and CEO Diane Kuppermann spoke at the event, as did attorney Sarah Kelly, who represented campaign sponsor Sugarman Law Firm. Other speakers included longtime wish-granting volunteer Anna Rose Salerno, of Clinton, and wish mom Monica Tebo, of Clinton, whose six-year-old son Dominic experienced a wish to go to Walt Disney World in 2020. Monica presented a donation of $1,000, which was the result of a fundraising effort her family undertook this spring to give back.


Wish kid Derek Holmes, of Blossvale, shared his health journey and what it was like to receive his sports complex wish last year. The Holmes Family is paying it forward to other critically ill kids waiting for a wish through the Wish Heroes campaign. More information can be found about their fundraiser and others like it at http://site.wish.org/CNYWishHeroes.


For more information about Make-A-Wish Central New York and its mission to create life-changing wishes to critically ill children, visit cny.wish.org.

Make-A-Wish Central New York President and CEO Diane Kuppermann

Volunteer Anna Rose Salerno

Wish Kid Dominic Tebo and his mom Monica Tebo

Sarah Kelly, representing campaign sponsor Sugarman Law Firm


Chamber Executive Director Kari Puleo




About Make-A-Wish Central New York

Make-A-Wish Central New York is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to granting life-changing wishes for local, critically ill children. Founded in 1985, Make-A-Wish Central New York has granted more than 1,900 life-changing wishes since inception and, in spite of COVID-19, continues to safely grant local wishes. The organization believes in the transformative joy a wish can bring and is committed to reaching every eligible child within its 15-county footprint, which includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties. With nearly 200 wishes in process, the organization needs the support of generous community and corporate partners more than ever before. To lend support or learn more, visit cny.wish.org, email info@cny.wish.org, or call 315-475-WISH (9474) | 800-846-9474.

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