2008-11-26 / Letters to the Editor

Benefit raises $17,000 for 'wishes'

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Rhode Island would like to thank Evelyn and Frank Leddy for hosting a benefit for the chapter at Trattoria Simpatico on Oct. 19. Guests enjoyed food and fun as the famous Kitty Litter made a special appearance and B.B. Hayes auctioned fabulous Rhode Island bachelors and bachelorettes' all for a good cause. The afternoon brought in over $17,000 to support Rhode Island children living with life-threatening medical conditions, while honoring the memory of a wonderful son, brother and friend, Joseph A. Sindoni.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Rhode Island grants the wishes of children between the ages of 2 and 18 years with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities. Contributions to the Make-A-Wish Foundation are deductible for federal income tax purposes. For the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2007, the Rhode Island Chapter's support and revenue totaled over $1,750,000. Of that amount, 81 percent was used to grant wishes.

The foundation spent 11 percent of its income on fundraising and only 8 percent on management and general costs. Born in 1980, when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, Make-A-Wish is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 67 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make- A-Wish grants a wish every 41 minutes and has granted more than 170,000 wishes in the U.S. since inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit www.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish.

Dianne Thibeault

Chairman, Make- A-Wish Foundation of

Rhode Island

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