Brewer Kiwanis support Make-A-Wish

Posted Feb. 10, 2014, at 3:04 p.m.
Members of the Brewer Kiwanis display the check representing the money the organization raised at its Under The Stars Gala in January. Holding the check are (from left) Kurtis Mash), Lordina Sullivan, Kim Long, Angelica Laurenovics, and Karl Laurenovics.
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Members of the Brewer Kiwanis display the check representing the money the organization raised at its Under The Stars Gala in January. Holding the check are (from left) Kurtis Mash), Lordina Sullivan, Kim Long, Angelica Laurenovics, and Karl Laurenovics.

BREWER — The Brewer Kiwanis held their 2nd Annual Wishing Under The Stars Gala at the Spectacular Event Center to raise money for Make-A-Wish Maine. In January 2013, in their first event, they raised $12,000. This year, the Brewer Kiwanis raised $18,000 — raising enough for the average cost of three wishes.

The Brewer Kiwanis had two very special guests and their family: wish child Caleb of Levant and wish child Drew of Hampden. Make-A-Wish granted their wishes in honor of The Brewer Kiwanis in 2013. Caleb went to Walt Disney World and Drew went on a cruise.

“We are so grateful for the support of the Brewer Kiwanis. Their mission and our mission are such a wonderful match,” said Rebecca Leaming, development manager for Make-A-Wish Maine. “The club works tirelessly to put this event on and their hard work is evident with the incredible success they have had for the past two years. Support like theirs allows us to fulfill our mission and continue to grant wishes.”

Make-A-Wish Maine grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to give them hope, strength, and joy. Approximately 70 wishes are granted each year — about one every five days. Wishes range from trips to Walt Disney World to computer gaming systems, playhouses, dinosaur digs and more. Support for these wishes help Make-A-Wish fulfill its mission: to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

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