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On October 19th at Crown Plaza, Loiselle Insurance Agency was proudly a Joy Sponsor for the annual Evening of Wishes hosted by Make-A-Wish of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Melanie Loiselle-Mongeon was part of the committee that helped to coordinate and make the night special. Meteorologist Michelle Muscatello was the master of ceremonies and Tony Petrarca was the auctioneer for both the live and silent auctions. The event was able to raise a total of $250,000; this will go towards making the wishes of several children come true!

Upon first hearing the story of their founding, it became evident to us that the Make-A-Wish Foundation was built on the generosity and kindness of strangers, friends, and family members. Here’s some background information on how they came to be:

The Make-A-Wish Foundation was built on the basis of kindness and generosity to grant the wishes of children age 2 ½ to 18 who have a progressive life threatening disease. It all began with a 7 year old boy named Chris who was diagnosed with Leukemia. It was a dream of Christopher’s to be a policeman, and when he relayed this to U.S Customs officer, Tommy Austin, Austin wanted to make the boy’s dream come true. He spoke to numerous members of the Arizona Department of Public Safety and, in a combined effort, was able to give Chris the full officer experience. Until today, young Christopher remains the first and only honorary Arizonian DPS officer.  He passed soon after. The story airs on Phoenix Channel 12 News and the future Make-A-Wish founders are inspired to grant more wishes to other children. The first official child was Frank “Bopsy” Salazar who wished to be a fireman, go to Disneyland, and ride in a hot air balloon. His wishes were granted, but upon returning home Frank is back in the hospital. His doctor is alarmed by the increasing sound coming from Bopsy’s room—firemen were climbing in through his window on a ladder. Bopsy passed later that night.

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And so the phenomena of giving terminally ill children the time of their lives began. It’s because of this that we make a promise to donate $5 for every Make-A-Wish: Share for a Cause post you share on Facebook during this month of November. Think about it; just for sharing alone, you have given $5 (it doesn’t get any easier to donate than that)!