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Make-A-Wish® Central New York prepares for Ms. Orange Fan Luncheon


September 14, 2015

24th annual ladies-only event features S.U. Men’s Basketball Team & 700 fans

Syracuse, NY—Make-A-Wish Central New York and the Syracuse University Men’s Basketball Team are preparing for the 24th annual Ms. Orange Fan® Luncheon, which takes place Sunday, October 11, 2015 at The Oncenter in Syracuse.Ms Orange Fan Luncheon

This ladies-only, fan favorite event features an opportunity to dine and interact with the team and coaching staff, get autographs and photos, enjoy Otto the Orange, the Sour Sitrus Society and the SU cheerleading and dance teams, and participate in Silent auction, basket raffles, and more.

How it started
Twenty-four years ago, S.U. Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim envisioned a Make-A-Wish® benefit that would involve his 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.Ms Orange Fan Luncheon

How it works
The event features an autograph session with players and coaches, followed by Wish Kids escorting the players and coaching staff to a runway, where attendees place bids for the opportunity to have a player or coach join their table for lunch. A silent auction, basket raffle, and merchandise sales, also take place during the event.

Tailgating in The Oncenter parking garage begins at 9:00 a.m. featuring food beverage, music and more. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and the luncheon begins at 10:30. Tickets are $70 per person and must be purchased in advance. This event sells out every year so be sure to reserve your seat! Reservations are required by Oct. 3. For more information or to make a reservation, call (315) 475-WISH (9474) or e-mail

Make-A-Wish Central New York is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to granting the special wishes of children between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions. In granting these wishes, Make-A-Wish strives to provide the wish child and family with a bit of respite and extra-special memories of joy and laughter.

Make-A-Wish is able to continue to share the power of a wish thanks to the generous support of individuals and corporations throughout its 15-county region, including 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 Central New York, visit


Photo Captions:
1. SU Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim, coaching staff, and players sign autographs for fans during the 2014 Ms. Orange Fan Luncheon.
2. SU Men’s Basketball players Kaleb Joseph and Trevor Cooney and Coach Jim Boeheim pose with Wish Kid Addie Irwin (front) and her sister Anya Irwin.

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