Binghamton, N.Y. – February 28, 2012 – Registration is now open for Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central New York’s 5th annual Southern Tier 5K Walk/Run for Wishes. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at MacArthur Park in Binghamton, N.Y.
The Walk/Run for wishes features a competitive 5K run at 9 a.m. and a noncompetitive 5K walk at 9:05 a.m. Participants can set up teams with relatives and friends and together they can enjoy this wonderful day for a great cause. To register as an individual or to join or create a team, visit www.makeawishcny.kintera.org/southerntierwalkrun or call Make-A-Wish at (315) 475-9474 to receive an official registration form. Prizes will be awarded for competitive runners, as well as for top individual and top team walkers/ fundraising efforts.
Since its inception in 1985, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York has granted 248 wishes in the Southern Tier – that’s approximately ten wishes per year for children in the region. “Last year, we were able to grant wishes for 13 very special children in the Southern Tier,” said Diane Kuppermann, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York. “Through resources raised at events like the Southern Tier 5K Run/Walk for Wishes, we hope to be able to grant many more wishes this coming year.” The total cost of wishes granted in the region in 2011 exceeded $137,000; with the average cost of a wish nearing $9,000.
The 2012 Southern Tier 5K Walk/Run for Wishes is made possible with the support of BAE Systems Employee Community Service Fund; LexisNexis; and Rogers Service Group (RSG).
In addition, this year Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York has been selected as one of the charities of focus in the 2012 Wendy’s Walk for Kids on August 19! Join both Southern Tier 5K Walk/Run for Wishes and Wendy’s Walk for Kids and receive a free coupon for a Wendy’s combo meal.
Incorporated in 1985, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of 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 Foundation® of Central New York has granted over 1300 Wishes since its inception. In granting a favorite wish, the Foundation 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 Foundation® 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 the Make-A-Wish Foundation® and to learn how you can become involved call (315) 475-WISH (9474) or (800) 846-WISH (9476) or email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter.