Make-A-Wish® Central New York, in conjunction with the Syracuse University Men’s Basketball Team and Coach Jim and Juli Boeheim, is preparing for the 27th annual Ms. Orange Fan® Luncheon. The ladies-only event is slated to take place on Sunday, Oct. 21 at The Oncenter in Syracuse.
The Ms. Orange Fan Luncheon features a player auction and an opportunity for attendees to dine and interact with the team and coaching staff. The day features autographs and photo opportunities, as well as entertainment provided by Otto the Orange, the Sour Sitrus Society, and the S.U. cheerleading and dance teams. A silent auction, basket raffles, and special merchandise, are also planned.
Since inception in 1991, the Ms. Orange Fan Luncheon has raised more than $1.2 million in support of local wishes.
How it began
Twenty-seven years ago, Syracuse University Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim envisioned a Make-A-Wish benefit that would involve his team and a very important audience - female S.U. fans. His idea was to bring players and fans together in a unique manner all to benefit Central New York children living with critical illness. The result was the annual Ms. Orange Fan Luncheon, a festive day celebrating wishes and Orange basketball!
Ms. Orange Fan 2018
“This event is special not only because of the extraordinary support of Coach and Juli Boeheim, the coaching staff, and players, but also because of the generosity and commitment shown by the attendees who join us year after year,” said Make-A-Wish Central New York President and CEO Diane Kuppermann. “Through their support, they make wishes come true and we couldn’t be more grateful!”
How it works
The event kicks off with a crowd warm-up featuring The Sour Sitrus Society, Syracuse University cheer and dance teams, and Otto the Orange. An autograph session with players and coaches follows, then transitions to a live auction where attendees can place bids to have a player or coach join their table for lunch. Raffles, a silent auction, and merchandise sales also take place during the event.
Tailgating in The Oncenter parking garage begins at 9:00 a.m.; doors open at 10:00 a.m. and the luncheon begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets are $70 per person and must be purchased in advance. Reservations are required by Oct. 15th. This event sells out every year so be sure to reserve your seat early! For more information or to make a reservation, call (315) 475-WISH (9474) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Make-A-Wish Central New York, visit cny.wish.org.