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Our History

Established in 2006 the Alumni Committee provides an opportunity for former Wish Recipients to connect with one another and fulfill their vision of ‘giving back’ and ‘making a difference’ under the umbrella of the Make-A-Wish® Foundation.

The Make-A-Wish® Alumni Committee of the Hudson Valley Chapter is comprised of wish children 13 years of age and older who received their wish from the Hudson Valley Chapter.

The goal of the Alumni Committee is to change the misconception that Make-A-Wish is an organization that grants wishes to only terminally ill children. Committee members share their experience with others to demonstrate the impact Make-A-Wish® has had on their lives by providing hope, strength and joy during a medically and emotionally challenging period.

If you’re a wish alumni, are at least 13 years old, and have had your wish granted at our chapter at least 6 months ago, you’re eligible to join the Alumni Committee.

Please note: If you’re under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must approve of your involvement.

For more information, please contact Abraham Almanza at or at (914) 478-9503.

  • Alumni Will, Mike, Abraham, Brian, and JoAnna at the 2006 NY Knicks Dream Day hosted by the Garden of Dreams Foundation

  • Alumni Committee members Will, Abraham, Ian & Shawna at a 2007 NY Liberty Game at Madison Square Garden

  • Alumni Committee members Mike, Abraham, and Erin with NY Knicks legend John Starks at the 2007 Gala

  • Alumni Committee members after a meeting in 2008

  • Alumni committee members at the 2008 Wish Ball

  • Alumni Committee members Brian, Will, and JoAnna at the 2008 Gala

We want to fulfill our vision of “giving back” and “making a difference” and inspire other wish kids - like us! ”

— Alumni Committee

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Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley
The Wish House
832 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
(914) 478-9474