Twilight Wish Foundation Receives Generous Donation from the Kistler-Tiffany Foundation

August 4, 2017 – For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:   Mary Farrell, Director of Community Relations, 215-230-8777 ext. 103

Doylestown, PA – Locally-headquartered national nonprofit, Twilight Wish Foundation, recently received a $2,500 donation from the Kistler-Tiffany Foundation.   Founded in Doylestown in 2003, Twilight Wish Foundation is the first national wish granting organization for the elderly.  Since its founding fourteen years ago, Twilight Wish has granted the wishes of over 2,671 seniors throughout the U.S.  The funding received will be used to grant simple needs wishes for deserving, low-income elderly. 

Twilight Wish Foundation is a national nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to honor and enrich the lives of seniors through intergenerational Twilight Wish celebrations.  Twilight Wish grants wishes to seniors who are 65 and older or a permanent resident of a nursing home and earn less than 200% of poverty level.  If you would like to nominate a deserving senior or get involved with Twilight Wish, please visit the website at www.twilightwish.org or call 215-230-8777 ext. 104.

Since 1985, the Kistler-Tiffany Foundation has provided over $3 million in grants to organizations in the tri-state area who offer support to individuals or groups who are mentally or physically challenged, suffering from abuse, or unable to experience life’s pleasures due to circumstances beyond their control. The members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors also provide countless hours of hands-on support to these worthy organizations through volunteering and mentorship. For more information, visit www.kistlertiffanyfoundation.org.

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Twilight Wish Receives $10,000 Donation from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation

August 1, 2017  – For Immediate Release

Contact: Mary Farrell, Director of Community Relations, (215) 230-8777 ext. 103

Doylestown, PA – Locally headquartered national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation received a $10,000 grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Energy, one of the nation’s largest energy companies.

 Founded in Doylestown in 2003, Twilight Wish Foundation is the first national wish granting organization for the elderly. Since its founding 14 years ago, Twilight Wish has granted the wishes of nearly 2,700 seniors throughout the U.S.  The funding received will be used to grant simple needs wishes for deserving, low-income elderly.  

 “We are so grateful for the ongoing support of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation,” said Mary Farrell, Director of Community Relations. “Their generosity allows us to continue making a difference in the lives of low-income seniors in our community.”

 “Dominion Energy and the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation serve our communities through charitable giving, volunteer activities and educational programs. We are pleased to partner with the Twilight Wish Foundation to once again support a program that improves the quality of life for at-risk seniors,” said Robert Sauer, Director, Fairless Power Station.

 Twilight Wish Foundation is a national nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to honor and enrich the lives of seniors through intergenerational Twilight Wish celebrations.  Twilight Wish grants wishes to seniors who are age 65 and older or a permanent resident of a nursing home and earn less than 200 percent of poverty level.  If you would like to nominate a deserving senior or get involved with Twilight Wish, please visit the website at www.twilightwish.org or call 215-230-8777, ext. 104.

The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion Energy. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., Dominion Energy is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,200 megawatts of generation, 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion Energy operates one of the largest natural gas storage systems in the U.S. with 1 trillion cubic feet of storage capacity, and serves more than 6 million utility and retail energy customers.

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Highland Senior Citizen to Receive Gift of Hearing

June 6, 2017– For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jessica Schluckebier, chapter director, (989) 941-7941                                                                                           

Highland, Michigan Joan LaMarra, resident of Highland, Michigan, will have her wish for hearing aids granted on June 19th, 2017 thanks to the Michigan Chapter of National Non-profit Twilight Wish Foundation and Huron Valley Hearing of Highland. LaMarra, 78, developed tinnitus after a fall in 1996 that has worsened over the years. As a result, she struggles to hear others, especially in crowded areas and can no longer volunteer as she cannot hear what others are saying. Due to financial constraints, LaMarra has been forced to cope without hearing, until she found the Twilight Wish Foundation, who grants wishes to low income deserving seniors 65 and older. LaMarra qualified for this wish because she has dedicated her life to helping others in her community. As a former beauty parlor owner, she volunteered at the Detroit Receiving Hospital in the burn unit, working with patients with scarring and hair loss. In the past, LaMarra has donated her services to “Look Good, Feel Better”, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and self-esteem of cancer treatment patients. Her role was to measure women for wigs and teach patients how to care for them. In addition to this service, LaMarra volunteered for the VFW 1518 Ladies Auxiliary of Gaylord for six years. Thanks to the generosity of Huron Valley Hearing of Highland, MI her wish will come true. Huron Valley Hearing is fulfilling this wish by donating refurbished, top-end hearing aids, cleaning tools, batteries, a fitting and three post visit services as well as a TV streaming device and a Bluetooth phone device. In addition; ReSound, the manufacturer of the hearing aids and devices is donating an extra year of warranty for each device so they can be serviced by the manufacturer if needed. Twilight Wish is thankful for Huron Valley Hearing and Resound for sharing in the same vision of making the world a better place to age, one wish at a time. In this case, that wish is ensuring that LaMarra will never have to struggle to hear again.

Twilight Wish Foundation is a national nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving elders through wish granting celebrations that connect generations.  Since its founding in 2003, Twilight Wish has granted over 2,620 individual wishes to seniors throughout the United States. Twilight Wish grants wishes to seniors who are over 65 years old and have an income of less than 200% of poverty level or who are residents of a nursing facility and cannot make their own wishes come true. If you would like to help make a senior’s heartfelt wish or lifelong dream come true, visit www.twilightwish.org or call 989-941-7941 to speak to our Michigan Chapter Director.

Huron Valley Hearing offers services to address all hearing and balance needs. Their audiologists hold Michigan licensure and fellowship in the American Academy of Audiology. They work with advanced technology to determine the cause, type, and severity of hearing loss, and offer a wide range of solutions to treat or manage any hearing loss found. These solutions may include cerumen management or amplification (hearing aids and assistive devices). Audiologists at Huron Valley are also trained and experienced in assessing and treating balance disorders, including vertigo caused by labyrinthitis and positional dizziness. Both audiologists can also resolve issues related to tinnitus (ringing in the ears) using techniques like counseling, habituation methods, masking, and auditory stimulation. For more information, visit www.wandzel.com or call 248-889-7600 to schedule a consultation.

                                                  

 

105-Year-Old To Have Wish to Receive High School Diploma Granted

May 9, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Morgan Lesoski, Allegheny County chapter, (814) 490-2877

Oakdale, PA – Theresia Brandl, 105, a resident of Oakdale, Pennsylvania, will have her wish to receive her high school diploma granted, thanks to the Allegheny County chapter of national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation. Brandl has always regretted that she never graduated from high school. She attended Stowe Township High School but left before she graduated in order to help take care of her family. In 1996, Stowe Township High School merged with McKees Rocks High School to form Sto-Rox High School. Brandl will be presented with an honorary diploma from Sto-Rox during a graduation ceremony in her nursing facility complete with cap and gown on Wednesday, May 17th.

Twilight Wish Foundation is a national nonprofit charitable organization that grants wishes to deserving, economically-disadvantaged seniors.  Since our founding in 2003, Twilight Wish has granted over 2,600 wishes to deserving seniors. 2017 is the inaugural year of our “Week of Wishes,” a national wish-granting event from May 14th through May 20th. Chapters across the U.S. will be granting wishes during this week.  Twilight Wish grants wishes to seniors who are over 65 years old and have an income of less than 200% of poverty level or who cannot make their own wishes come true. The Allegheny County chapter is excited to partner with local health agencies and businesses to help needy seniors in our community. To join our chapter, please call Morgan Lesoski, chapter director, at 412-604-0410.

88-Year-Old Nursing Home Resident to Have Wish to Paint Mural Granted

April 25, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mary Farrell, Director of Community Relations, 215-230-8777

Doylestown, PA – Elizabeth “Lizzie” Rocco will have her wish to paint part of a mural granted, thanks to national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation, Optum, and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Since moving to Luther Woods Nursing Home last September, Rocco has come out of her shell and become very involved in all the art programs and classes there. She is a talented artist who loves to paint and enjoys helping others in the classes with their projects. Her wish to help paint on a mural will come true as part of Twilight Wish Foundation’s inaugural Week of Wishes, a national wish granting event. Rocco will assist in painting a mural on canvas and then enjoy lunch at Pat’s Steaks in South Philadelphia with her son and daughter. This wish was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Optum of Horsham and will be granted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Twilight Wish Foundation is a national nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to honor and enrich the lives of seniors through intergenerational wish granting celebrations.  Since our founding in 2003, Twilight Wish has granted over 2,596 individual wishes to seniors throughout the U.S. 2017 is the inaugural year of our “Week of Wishes,” a national wish granting event from May 14th through May 20th.  Chapters across the U.S. will be granting wishes during this week.  Twilight Wish grants wishes to seniors who are over 65 years old and have an income of less than 200% of poverty level or who are residents of a nursing facility and cannot make their own wishes come true. If you would like to help make a senior’s heartfelt wish or lifelong dream come true, visit www.twilightwish.org or call 215-230-8777 ext. 104.

 

Vietnam Veteran to Have Wish to Reunite with Family Granted

April 11, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mary Farrell, Director of Community Relations, (215) 230-8777

Doylestown, PA – Vietnam Veteran David Guevara, 69, a resident of Springfield, Tennessee, will have his wish to reunite with his seven siblings who live in La Feria, Texas thanks to national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation. Guevara and his wife, Mary, will be traveling from their home in Tennessee to La Feria in April to spend Easter with his family. The Guevaras have not been able to afford the cost to travel to Texas since he retired in 2008. They are both pastors who have operated a community service ministry that targets low-income families for over 30 years. In addition, they also started a food pantry in their church. Thanks to the generosity of many donors, his wish will come true when the Guevaras travel from their home in Springfield, Tennessee to La Feria, Texas. They will be celebrating their reunion at a local La Feria restaurant on Friday, April 14, 2017.

“Chosin Few” Veteran to Have Wish to Attend One More Reunion Granted

August 15, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mary Farrell, Director of Community Relations, (215) 230-8777 ext. 103

Doylestown, PA – United States Marine Corps veteran James Haun, 87, will have his wish to attend the upcoming “Chosin Few” reunion granted, thanks to national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation. A resident of Sherman, Texas, Haun is one of the few surviving members of the “Frozen Chosin,” a determined group of Marines and Army soldiers who survived two weeks of -60 degree temperatures, virtually no food and incredible odds while stranded in the Chosin Reservoir Valley in Korea. Every few years, these veterans have a reunion and this may be the last one as there are few survivors left. This may be Haun’s last chance to attend his reunion. Haun is also a veteran of World War II and Vietnam, but his time in Korea is the most memorable of his 20 years in the military.

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir is considered by many to be the Iwo Jima of the Korean War and Haun is one of precious few surviving members of this battle. In November of 1950, during the coldest winter North Korea had experienced in 100 years, U.N. forces, many of them U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Division, were in pursuit of North Korea troops when they were surprised by Chinese forces. Surrounded and outnumbered 8-1 by Chinese forces, the Marines embarked upon a 78-mile journey to the Sea of Japan to reconnect with American forces. Cut off from support, the Marines were still able to fight their way through ten Chinese infantry division.

Thanks to the generosity of many donors, his wish will come true when Haun, his wife, and an aide travel from their home in Sherman, Texas to the reunion in San Diego via train because of his wife’s medical needs. The reunion runs from August 17th through August 21st.  Twilight Wish would not have been able to fulfill his wish without many generous donors and, in particular, Take a Trip Foundation.

Twilight Wish Foundation Partners with CARS™

May 24, 2013 – For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:   Mary Farrell, Director of Community Relations, 215-230-8777 ext. 103

Doylestown, PA – Locally-headquartered national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation, is pleased to announce a new partnership with CARS™, a national vehicle donation program.  This program is a great opportunity for donors to get rid of old vehicles they no longer use while making a difference in the lives of deserving seniors across the U.S.  CARS™ will accept almost anything that is in one piece and towable: cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, boats, planes, ATVs, even farm equipment. Their customer service center is open 7 days a week and they have over 1,000 vendors across the U.S., allowing for pick-up of your vehicle at your convenience. Your donation is tax deductible! To donate, either fill out an online donation form or call 1-877-737-WISH!   

Twilight Wish Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving seniors through wish granting celebrations that connect generations. Since our founding in 2003, Twilight Wish has granted over 1,917 individual wishes to deserving, low-income seniors, thanks to volunteers, corporate and community involvement, and donations.  Recent wishes granted include a visit from a string band for a nursing facility resident’s 89th birthday party, transporting a nursing facility resident to Christmas Eve dinner with her family, and hearing aids for an Army veteran who wished to be able to hear his grandchildren’s voices.  For more information on Twilight Wish Foundation, visit our website at www.twilightwish.org or call 1-215-230-8777 ext. 104.

CARS™ is a nonprofit 501© (3) assisting nonprofit organizations across the USA in accepting vehicle donations as a revenue stream.  The CARS™ exclusive web-based vehicle donation program provides the ability to accept vehicle donations without having to manage the program in-house.  In additions CARS™ exclusive web-based vehicle donation program provides the nonprofit organization the transparency that they require and the security that the organizations and donors demand.  For more information on CARS, visit our website at www.cardonatingiseasy.org or call 866-369-1227.

Veteran Battling MS Surprised with Gift of Mobility

May 2, 2013 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:    Mary Farrell, Director of Community Relations, (215) 230-8777 ext. 103 or  mary@twilightwish.org

Newton, NJ – Thomas Conklin, 72, has been fighting multiple sclerosis for over 38 years, living in his nursing facility for the last 11 of those years.  Because of the progression of his disease, he can no longer operate his power chair and has not been able to leave the building since August of 2011.  Knowing that a specialized wheelchair that would allow him to return to the activities he once enjoyed, his wife, Linda, submitted the wish request to Twilight Wish on his behalf. 

On May 1, 2013, Conklin was surprised when his new wheelchair was delivered to his nursing facility, courtesy of Twilight Wish Foundation!  Escorted by a cavalcade of motorcycle riders from Warriors’ Watch and the American Legion, Twilight Wish’s Long Island, NY chapter director, James Ciervo, delivered the new specialized wheelchair to Conklin. 

Conklin is an Air Force veteran and father of four boys.  When first diagnosed years ago, he was in denial and continued working three jobs in order to support his family.  The new wheelchair will allow Conklin some mobility, giving him the opportunity to take “walks” around the grounds of the facility with his wife who is also a resident and wheelchair-bound. Special thanks to Robert Mosco of Port Jefferson, NY who donated the wheelchair.

Twilight Wish Foundation is a national nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving elders through wish granting celebrations that connect generations. Since its founding in 2003, Twilight Wish has granted over 1,880 individual wishes to seniors throughout the U.S.  Twilight Wish grants wishes to seniors who are 68 and older or a permanent resident of a nursing home and earn less than 200% of poverty level.  If you would like to nominate a deserving senior or get involved with Twilight Wish, please visit the website at www.twilightwish.org or call 215-230-8777 ext. 104. 

Elderly Seattle Woman’s Wish for Service Dog is Granted

April 10, 2013 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:    Mary Farrell, Director of Community Relations, (215) 230-8777 ext. 103 or  mary@twilightwish.org

Seattle, WA – Ari Yoder, 69, recently had her wish for a service dog granted, thanks to national nonprofit, Twilight Wish Foundation.  Several years ago, Yoder’s beloved service dog, Sammy, became ill and had to be euthanized at the age of nine.  In addition to being her service dog, Sammy was also trained as a therapy dog and they held regular pet therapy sessions at a local drug treatment facility. His death left her heartbroken and she could not replace him for several years. Yoder recently realized that she misses the constant companionship of a dog, as well as the volunteer work that the two of them did together.  But, because she lives on a fixed income, she could not afford the start-up costs associated with adopting a dog.

She submitted an application to Twilight Wish Foundation, asking for assistance with the costs associated with adopting a dog such as adoption fees, immunizations, and supplies.  Twilight Wish accepted her wish application and worked hard to raise the funds to cover Yoder’s adoption expenses.  Many groups and individuals were also touched by her story on Facebook and the Twilight Wish website and donated generously.  Happily, Yoder found Danny, a six-year-old Golden Labrador, at a local shelter, and adopted him on Thursday, March 22, 2013.

Yoder has been active in community service since she was in high school, including volunteering with the Peace Corps in Micronesia and serving as a disaster specialist for the American Red Cross for several years.  She currently volunteers for the West Seattle Senior Center as a thrift shop cashier and in their computer lab, teaching computer skills to other seniors. Yoder plans to train Danny to be a therapy dog and continue giving back to the community.

“This lovely dog has brought unconditional love and companionship into my life,” said Yoder. “In just over two weeks, he has changed my life.  Thank you, thank you, Twilight Wish!”

Twilight Wish Foundation is a national nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving elders through wish granting celebrations that connect generations. Since its founding in 2003, Twilight Wish has granted over 1,875 individual wishes to seniors throughout the U.S.  Twilight Wish grants wishes to seniors who are 68 and older or a permanent resident of a nursing home and earn less than 200% of poverty level.  If you would like to nominate a deserving senior or get involved with Twilight Wish, please visit the website at www.twilightwish.org or call 215-230-8777 ext. 104.