Make-A-Wish fund-raising event includes granting of young girl’s wish

Make-A-Wish Connecticut will once again host its annual fund-raising event, Walk for Wishes, on Saturday, May 10 at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.

Join emcees and honorary chairs Anna Zap of Star 99.9, WFSB-TV reporter Jason Frazer and WFSB-TV traffic reporter Nicole Nalepa, along with family and friends from all over Connecticut and past Wish kids and families, to help make wishes come true for Connecticut children battling life-threatening medical conditions.


A send-off celebration

Shelton-MakeAWishLogoDifferent for this year’s Walk for Wishes will be a special send-off celebration for a young girl whose wish will be granted live at the event, while more than 1,000 people surprise her with a party in her honor at the walk, followed by a limo ride with her family to the airport for the exciting beginning of her wish-come-true experience.

“Experiencing first-hand a wish send-off party for one of our Wish kids is a moment we’re all looking forward to in a very exciting way,” said Michael Dominick, community and media relations manager for Make-A-Wish Connecticut.

“To be a part of such an overwhelming celebration in this young girl’s honor will make her wish experience extra special, not only for her and her family, but for all those who come out to the Walk for Wishes on May 10,” Dominick said.



The non-competitive one-mile walk unites Wish kids, Wish families, and the entire community, who all come together to make wishes come true for kids battling life-threatening medical conditions and enrich their human experience with hope, strength and joy.


About the event

Participants can enjoy food and fun for the entire family, entertainment and an evening of making wishes come true. Online registration includes entrance to the zoo, parking and access to the private surprise wish celebration.

People who raise a minimum of $25 will receive a Wish kit that includes items for the wish celebration, and those who raise a minimum of $100 will receive an event T-shirt as well.


Be a ‘virtual’ supporter

For those who would like to support the event but cannot be present on May 10, supporters are encouraged to become a “virtual walker” on the event website and make pledges to make wishes come true for kids throughout the state.

Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by the walk at 5:30, and the surprise wish celebration to follow.

To join the Walk for Wishes or for more information, visit or call Diana Maynard at 203-880-6973.

For information on Make-A-Wish Connecticut and ways to get involved, visit