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Tarrytown's Make A Wish Hosts Annual 5K Walk In Yorktown

A team shows its sign at the Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley's ninth annual walk.
A team shows its sign at the Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley's ninth annual walk. Photo Credit: Facebook/Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley's 9th Annual Walk and 5k Run raised more than $85,000 earlier this month at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown Heights.

Money will be used to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions and enrich their lives. The run/walk on Nov. 2 was presented by Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agents.

Thomas J. Conklin, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley, said that in the 28 years since the Hudson Valley chapter was established, it has helped grant more than 2,280 wishes of youngsters between the ages of 2 and 18 in the counties it serves (Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester) Currently, the chapter is working on more than 165 pending wishes and the average cost of each wish ranges between $7,500 and $10,000.

Awards were presented to recognize stand-out fund-raising accomplishments.

Joe Capobianco of White Plains won the Top Individual Fundraiser Award by raising $8,100. Keep Calm and Wish On! of Westchester won the Top Team Award by raising $5,451.11.  Tommy’s Team of Yorktown Heights came in second with $4,125. Tommy was one of several alumni children from prior Walk & 5K Run for Wishes who participated along with their families and friends. Here are the winners in the 5K Run and their times:

Male Age Group (18 and under) 1st – Matthew Ferrante Age 10 Wilton 27:08 2nd – Jack Hembury Age 12 Carmel 37.37 3rd – Ethan Anthony Age 8 Scarsdale 41:40 Male Age Group (19-99) 1st – Todd Dias Age 40 Brewster 21:43 2nd – Eric Gonzalez Age 27 Sloatsburg 22:40 3rd – Dennis O’Brien Age 49 White Plains 22:41 Female Age Group (18 and Under) 1st – Charlotte Rosee Age 8 Scarsdale 41:51 2nd – Jamila Douglas Age 16 Scarsdale 48:00 3rd – Maya Bogner Age 9 Chappaqua 48:13 Female Age Group (19-99) 1st – Melissa Dimarino Age 24 Yorktown Heights 27:36 2nd – Jeannette Baldassarre Age 46 New Rochelle 28:14 3rd – Halley Rogers Age 33 Wappingers Falls 30:19 The next significant Make-A-Wish®Hudson Valley fundraiser will be the fourth annual ‘Yoga For Wishes’ benefit from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23, at The Garrison in Garrison, in Putnam County.

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