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Carrier Syracuse continuing Adopt-A-Wish Legacy


November 07, 2013


Syracuse, NY

Make-A-Wish® Central New York
Grateful to Carrier® Syracuse
for continuing the Adopt-A-Wish® Legacy

Syracuse, N.Y. -- Carrier® Corp.’s Syracuse campus continues to join Make-A-Wish® Central New York in helping to make wishes come true. Carrier adopted a wish and shared in the joy when they met Wish Kid Ethan, a 12 year-old boy whose wish was to meet his favorite Disney® character, Captain Hook. The Carrier team was able to meet with Wish Kid Ethan and his family after the wish, and he spoke of the time he swam with the dolphins, enjoyed ice-cream, and met his favorite, Captain Hook at the Pirate Parade. Ethan and his family recently completed a four-day Disney cruise, and his mom’s note of appreciation said, “being together as a family was the best gift of all and this was the best place to do that... Thank you just does not seem to be enough”.

Carrier® has a 20-year history in helping to make wishes come true. In fact, Carrier was the first company in the community to become an “Adopt-A-Wish® Sponsor” when the elite giving level was established in 1993. This year they continued that legacy by adopting another wish. “We are so grateful for the support of Carrier and all their employees, they are true community stewards and understand the magic of a wish and the hope, strength and joy that it brings,” said Diane Kuppermann, Make-A-Wish Central New York, President and CEO.

Colleen Julian, manager, Marketing, Carrier Commercial Service, and Joe Chirco, manager, Marketing Operations, Carrier Commercial Systems serve as governing board members to the local chapter. This year, Make-A-Wish Central New York will achieve its 1500th wish, and the organization’s goal is to grant the wish of every eligible child. To further support the organization, a local Carrier volunteer group, “WE CARE,” is raising funds to support another wish. The Carrier WE CARE group is led by Cheryl Beebe, accounting analyst and includes team members Shelly Gillispie, accounting analyst, Marty Dillabough, senior accounting analyst and Amanda Kurak, accounting analyst.

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 1,500 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, that includes both individuals and corporations, throughout the fifteen county regions 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: Visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Press Contact

Dyana Smolen
PR / Communications Manager
5005 Campuswood Drive
East Syracuse, NY  13057

Phone : (315) 475-9474
Fax : (315) 475-9476

Make-A-Wish® Central New York
5005 Campuswood Drive
East Syracuse, NY 13057
(315) 475-9474
Toll Free (800) 846-9474