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Make-A-Wish Central New York Prepares for 2017 Sugarman Law Firm Wish Ball


August 10, 2017

Syracuse, NY (August 10, 2017)—

Make-A-Wish Central New York is gearing up for its annual Sugarman Law Firm Wish Ball, a gala event to support wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

This year’s masquerade-themed ball will take place Sept. 16, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at The Oncenter, 800 South State Street, Syracuse. The evening Wish Ball 2017features a cocktail hour, sit-down dinner, and a program celebrating wishes. Other highlights include a wine pull, silent auction, high-end basket raffle, and entertainment provided by the “Jess Novak Band.”

Featured speaker for the event is wish kid Tim Conners, whose wish to meet blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer ( came true in 2012. From fighting for his life and losing his vision to cancer, to experiencing a wish-come-true, to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Tim knows well the impact a wish can have on a child in the midst of illness and treatment. He will share his powerful and inspiring journey at Wish Ball, and convey his message to those facing daunting challenges: You are not your circumstances, and with perseverance you will succeed. To view video clips of Tim’s Mount Kilimanjaro climb – an event inspired by his 2012 wish - visit

During Wish Ball, Make-A-Wish Central New York will also honor All American Limousine and financial advisor Randall J.Wish Ball 2017 Powers for their ongoing support in making wishes come true.

Tickets are $150 and can be purchased by calling (315) 475-WISH or emailing Reservations must be made by Sept. 6.

Wish Ball is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors, including Sugarman Law Firm, Carrols, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Tim ConnorsMake-A-Wish Central New York is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions. 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, which includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

For more information, visit or call (315) 475-WISH.


Photo Captions:

  1. Wish kids and family members enjoy an evening of dancing at the 2016 Sugarman Law Firm Wish Ball.
  2. Wish sister Emma Belfield, of Mexico, cuts a rug at the 2016 Sugarman Law Firm Wish Ball.
  3. Wish Kid Tim Conners in 2012 as he prepares for his wish trip to meet blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer. After the meeting, Erik became a friend and mentor to Tim, who recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

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