Benefiting Organization

Make A Wish Central New York

For over 40 years, Make-A-Wish has been granting life-changing wishes for children and families.

Make-A-Wish Central New York is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to granting life-changing wishes for critically ill children throughout the central portion of New York State.  Founded in 1985, our chapter is part of a global wish-granting organization focused on creating hope and strength for critically ill children and their families.

We are committed to granting the wish of every medically eligible child within our 15-county territory and are solely responsible for the wishes within that region. Wishes ‘to be,’ ‘to go,’ ‘to have,’ ‘to meet’ and ‘to give’ are funded by individuals, corporations, internal and external events as well as grants and bequests. Currently there are nearly 180 kids waiting for the hope and joy of their own unique wish. Many of them simply can’t wait …

What would you do for a child you love? Join us and let’s together transform lives, one wish at a time!

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Past Recipients

2019: The ARC, Oneida Lewis – Chefs Express Program
2018: The Kelberman Center
2017: Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program
2016: United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica Area and The Stanley Theatre
2015: Upstate Cerebral Palsy
2014: YWCA
2013: Utica Safe Schools Healthy Student
2012: Stevens-Swan Humane Society and The Children’s Museum