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Make-A-Wish Central New York prepares for 26th Annual ‘Ms. Orange Fan Luncheon’


September 26, 2017

Syracuse, NY (September 26, 2017)—Make-A-Wish Central New York, in conjunction with Coach Jim and Juli Boeheim and the Syracuse University Men’s Basketball Team, is busy preparing for the 26h Annual Ms. Orange Fan Luncheon, a ladies-only event that has raised more than $1 million for wishes since inception.

Ms. Orange Fan LuncheonThis unique event features an opportunity for attendees to dine and interact with the team and coaching staff, get autographs and photos, enjoy Otto the Orange, the Sour Sitrus Society and the S.U. cheerleading and dance teams, and participate in silent auction, basket raffles, and more. This year’s luncheon takes place Sunday, October 22 at The Oncenter in Syracuse.

How it began
Twenty-six 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 these two communities together to benefit Central New York children living with life-threatening medical conditions.

“This event is special not only because of the extraordinary support of Coach and Juli Boeheim, the coaching staff, and players, but also because of the generosity andMs. Orange Fan Luncheon commitment shown by the attendees who join us year after year,” said Diane Kuppermann, Make-A-Wish Central New York President and CEO. “Through their support, they are making wishes come true and we couldn’t be more grateful!”

How it works
The event kicks off with a crowd warm-up featuring The Sour Sitrus Society, cheer and dance teams, and Otto the Orange. An autograph session with players and coaches follows, and transitions to a live auction where attendees can place bids to have a player or coach join their table for lunch. Raffles, a silent auction, and merchandise sales also take place during the event.

Tailgating in The Oncenter parking garage begins at 9:00 a.m. and features food, beverage, music and more. The Oncenter 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. 15th. For more information or to make a reservation, call (315) 475-WISH (9474) or e-mail

For more information about Make-A-Wish Central New York, visit


PHOTO Captions:
  1. Ms. Orange Fans celebrate with S.U. Men’s Basketball players at the 2016 Ms. Orange Fan Luncheon. Pictured seated from left to right are Michelle Davoli, player Adrian Autry, Mary Lou Cerrone, and Kelli Lasher. Standing left to right are player DaJuan Coleman, Kayla Arias, Tricia Sherwood, Heather Berry, Danielle Fogel, Brittany Murgallis, and Jenna Klucsik. Photo credit Kristie Fleischer, Brickyard Photography
  2. Wish kids and families cheer on attendees during the 2016 Ms. Orange Fan Luncheon. Pictured in front (left to right) are wish kids Hally Krolik, Alexa Glenny, Adrianna Quig, and Isabelle Storey. Back row left to right are wish moms Alicia Glenny and Lorianne Quig. Photo credit Kristie Fleischer, Brickyard Photography
About Make-A-Wish Central New York
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, visit

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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