2006-10-26 / Letters to the Editor

Making wishes come true

Most of us had a special place growing up. It might have been the home of an aunt, or our grandmother, or our best friend, someplace we knew that the door was always open. There was a place at the table just for us and no matter the question, the need or want, there would always be someone there to reach out and get us on our feet again. We all grow up, go our own way and, in times of trouble or sadness, think about how good it would feel to walk through those doors again. And a lucky few get to do just that, each time they walk through the doors of "the Trat."

Our experience at Trattoria Simpatico has allowed us the privilege of once again finding a home away from home. Welcoming our family with open arms, you have helped us, year after year, honor the memory of a son lost by helping us help children whose lives are affected by disabling illness or disease. How many wishes we have granted together!

Thank you all - Phyllis Bedard, Trattoria staff, patrons, friends and our extended Jamestown family - for the hard work you put in to making this year's Make a Wish fund-raiser the most successful ever. You do it without complaint, with smiles and a warmth all your own. You do it with style, and without expecting anything in return...and that is the greatest gift of all.

This years fund-raiser will make many wishes come true. The money raised on Oct 15 will help more than one sick child find time amidst their journey not only to dream of better times ahead but to make those dreams a reality. By coming together as a team, as a family, anything can happen...and because of you, something good will.

Our son Joe, in whose name we host this benefit each year, would have loved helping out the Make A Wish Foundation. He would have gone that extra mile to help out anyone in need. He would have been honored to be a part of it. And he would have been honored to know people like you, people that go beyond themselves, reach out and, without accolades or honors, quietly make a difference.

Thank you.

Sincerely, Evelyn & Frank Leddy,

Jamestown

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