Make-A-Wish® Central New York announces 1500th wish at jazz concert
Fayetteville teen to go on Costa Rican eco-adventure
Fayetteville, N.Y.—Make-A-Wish® Central New York announced its 1500th wish last night at the Fayetteville Jazz Concert. Fayetteville resident and Wish Kid Rebecca Rolnick, 17, found out she will be going on a Costa Rican eco-adventure in August.
After the concert’s opening set, Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson, flanked by representatives of Make-A-Wish® and Tops Markets – sponsor of the wish – shared the information with Rebecca. Prior to the announcement, she was unaware of details about the wish, including where she would be going.
“We are so excited for Rebecca and her family for this amazing wish experience,” said Make-A-Wish Central New York President and CEO Diane Kuppermann. “We are thrilled to say she is now one of the 1,500 children who have been able to experience the power of a wish here in central New York.”
During the eco-adventure trip Rebecca, who lives with cystic fibrosis and aspires to be an environmental biologist, will visit wild animal rescue centers, tour tropical research labs, interact with environmental researchers, go zip-lining, and tour Poas Volcano National Park, one of Costa Rica's largest and most active volcanoes. Make-A-Wish worked with Sustainable Horizon, a division of Educational Travel Adventures, to make the trip a reality.
Make-A-Wish chose the Fayetteville Jazz Concert as the venue for the announcement because of its significance to Rebecca, who is a trumpet player and jazz enthusiast. The event is also a fundraiser for the Fayetteville Library where Rebecca serves as a volunteer.
Incorporated in 1985, Make-A-Wish Central New York is a nonprofit 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. The organization is able to continue granting amazing wishes like Rebecca’s thanks to the generous support of individuals and corporations throughout its 15-county region, which includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties.
For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit www.cny.wish.org, call (315) 475-WISH (9474), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 – After the announcement, Rebecca and her family were joined by the Make-A-Wish and Tops Markets (wish sponsor) teams for a photo. Pictured center front is Wish Kid Rebecca Rolnick. Back L to R are Alan Rolnick, Laura Rolnick, Elizabeth Rolnick, Wish Granters Zainab Mansaray and David Reckess, Tops Market Store Manager Rich Szachta, Tops Markets Regional Vice President John McCaffrey, Make-A-Wish Board Chair David Ayoub, Make-A-Wish President/CEO Diane Kuppermann, Jacob Rolnick, and Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson.
2 – Before the announcement was made, Rebecca’s wish granters had her open gift-wrapped clues to her wish, which she later discovered was an eco-adventure in Costa Rica. Pictured from left to right are Laura (mom), Rebecca, and Alan (dad) Rolnick.