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Black Tie International:
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut's
Annual Evening of Wishes Gala Fundraiser

 Kirsten Brown, Event Chair; Chancey Beneski; Jake Beneski; Seamus Beneski; Eamon Beneski; and Charles LeConche, Connecticut Laborers' District Council & Make-A-Wish Foundation Event Sponsor

 Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut's
Annual Evening of Wishes Gala Fundraiser

Saturday, April 24, 2010



The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut announced today that the Beneski family of Avon, CT, will be honored at the upcoming annual "Evening of Wishes Gala" to be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 12 Midnight at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT.

The event is the largest and most important fundraising effort undertaken each year by the Connecticut chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The money raised supports the foundation in its mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. In addition to an evening of dinner and dancing to the music of the Cartells, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on a wide variety of unique auction items donated by some of our area's most prominent residents and businesses. The auction will be hosted by WTIC-AM Sportscaster Joe D'Ambrosio.

Attendees will have the opportunity to get to know this year's Wish Family. Each year, the gala spotlights a "Wish Kid" who has recently been the recipient of a wish from the Connecticut chapter of the organization. The spotlight this year will shine on the Beneski family from Avon, Connecticut. Their story is a very special real-life example of the Make-A-Wish spirit in action. Eamon, Seamus and Jake (three of the Beneski's four sons) share a rare genetic condition that qualified them to have their wishes granted. Eight-year-old Eamon had his wish to go to the Nickelodeon Hotel granted in 2005. The following year, ten-year-old Seamus traveled to Hawaii with his family as his wish. Seamus' twin brother Jake then met the cast of "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" in 2008. All three Wish Kids, as well as their brother and parents, will be honored at the April 2010 gala.

"Make-A-Wish creates moments that change lives. Truly, our wish trips made impressions on us, individually and collectively, that will remain with us forever," said Tim Beneski, father of Eamon, Seamus & Jake. "Once you are in the Make-A-Wish family, you are always in the Make-A-Wish family. From the first, we have felt that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves, but something that enveloped us with a wonderful sense of caring and concern."

The current economic situation is proving to be an obstacle for everyone involved in fundraising for charitable causes and the Make-A-Wish Foundation is affected as well. "Our Evening of Wishes Gala raises a good portion of the money we need to fulfill our mission year-round," said Tara Navara, director, Internal Events, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut. "We encourage everyone to consider joining us for this memorable evening, and also to get your tickets as soon as you can. We need your support now more than ever."

To purchase tickets, sponsor a table or to donate auction items for the Evening of Wishes Gala, go to or call (203) 261-9044. This year's corporate Presenting sponsors include the Wireless Zone and the Connecticut Laborers' District Council along with Hope Sponsor Fairview Capital and Joy Sponsor ESPN.

Among the hundreds of auction items are luxury vacations, wines from around the world, Sunday NFL Countdown insider's pass with Chris Berman, a "Dick Vitale All-Access Experience" and many once-in-a-lifetime, priceless experiences. "This year's event promises to be our best ever and the most important event to date," said Howie Schwab, ESPN TV personality and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut board member. "During these tough economic times, it's even more important to take care of these children and offer the best experience possible."

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut is a non-profit organization that grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The organization relies solely on donor funding to fulfill its mission of providing wish-come-true experiences to all medically eligible children in Connecticut. The "wish-come-true" experiences do wonders by providing needed respite from hospital stays, medical treatments and doctor visits. Wishes are granted to children ages 2 to 18 years old while allowing families to spend precious time together. Since it was founded, the Connecticut chapter has granted more than 1,800 wishes. For more information, call (203) 261-9044


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