Syracuse, N.Y. - Juli and Coach Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse University men’s basketball team will host the Make-A-Wish® Central New York 21st Annual Ms. Orange Fan® Luncheon on Sunday, October 28, 2012, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the OnCenter Complex.
“Ms. Orange Fan is always fun and exciting. Everyone who attends for the first time always comes back the next year,” noted Diane Kuppermann, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Central New York. She added, “This event is special because of the commitment our Ms. Orange Fan’s have shown year after year; it is extraordinary because of all the Wish Kids who have benefited from Coach Boeheim’s generosity.”
Kuppermann also stated that “Coach Boeheim has helped raise well over one million dollars and his commitment to this event and Make-A-Wish Central New York is remarkable”.
Coach Boeheim originally envisioned a benefit that would involve both his SU Basketball Team and a very important audience - Ms. Orange Fans. The idea was to bring two powerful wish-granting communities together to benefit children from the Central New York area living with life-threatening medical conditions.
This sell-out event begins with a Ms. Orange Tailgate Party beginning at 9am at the OnCenter Parking Lot. The ladies-only luncheon features appearances by Otto the Orange, the Sour Citrus Society, and the SU Cheerleaders and Dance Team. Silent and live auctions and autograph opportunities will also take place. One lucky ticket holder will win a $5,000 ladies Rolex watch from Henry Wilson Jewelers, and everyone who enters to win will receive their very own orange jelly watch. The highlight of the event is the auctioning off of each member of the SU men’s basketball team. During the auction, Wish kids (ladies only, of course!) will escort the players and winning bidders will have the opportunity to have a player or coach join their table for lunch!
Incorporated in 1985, Make-A-Wish Central New York, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to granting special wishes to children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish has granted nearly 1400 Wishes since its inception. In granting a favorite wish, Make-A-Wish strives to provide the wish child and family with extra-special memories of joy and laughter. A wish offers a welcome respite - a time for nothing, but fun!
Make-A-Wish continues to “bring the magic of a wish” to special Central New York kids because of the generous support of the central New York community both individuals and corporations throughout the fifteen county region it serves. The counties being served are: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins.
For more information on Make-A-Wish and to learn how you can become involved, call (315) 475-WISH (9474) or (800) 846-WISH (9474) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter.