Allene Childs, a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana, had her wish to go to a Pacers game granted, thanks to a partnership between American Senior Communities and Twilight Wish Foundation. Allene, who is 92, has been a fan of the Pacers for most of her life and went to games back when they were still playing at the Indiana Fairgrounds. She served her community as an LPN until retiring in 1995, all the while raising her seven children and taking care of their dog. Her wish to see the Pacers play was granted on March 25, 2019.
Betty Ottinger, a resident of Rosegate Healthcare in Indianapolis, had her wish to see the Nutcracker performed granted, thanks to the partnership between our Indiana chapter and American Senior Communities. Betty, 83, has always dreamed of seeing the Nutcracker performed, but never had the chance. One of her most prized possessions is a music box that has several scenes from the Nutcracker on it. It was one of the last gifts her late husband gave her and is in her room at the nursing facility. Betty volunteered in her church’s Good Shepherd’s Community cooking and serving food to the homeless. Her wish was granted on Sunday, November 26th when she attended the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Murat Theatre.
Our Indianapolis chapter recently granted Jack’s wish for an Amazon Echo, thanks to a partnership with American Senior Communities. Jack is struggling with a visual impairment that greatly affects his ability to be independent. The Echo will allow him to play music, send and receive messages, get information, receive news, enjoy audio books and control lighting and thermostat in his home, greatly improving his quality of life.
Our Indianapolis chapter recently granted David’s special wish to reunite with his sister who he hadn’t seen in over 30 years. His sister lives in New York and and her health is quickly declining, making it impossible for her to travel. David and his sister were very close growing up and he wished to see her again before it was too late. An Army veteran, David is a pastor in his church and also volunteers in the food pantry. His wish was granted, thanks to a partnership with American Senior Communties. Pictured is David with his wish nominator, Valerie Moore.
Judy Robbins, 79, recently had her wish to skydive granted, thanks to our Indiana chapter and American Senior Communities. Judy has wanted to skydive since she was 18 years old. With her 80th birthday quickly approaching, Judy took the plunge and thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
Stevie McMeans, 72, recently had his wish to see KISS in concert granted, thanks to a partnership between our Indiana chapter and American Senior Communities. Stevie, a resident of Valparaiso Care & Rehabilitation Center, is a huge KISS fan. His greatest joy in life is listening to KISS songs and his room is decorated with posters and memorabilia. Stevie is very involved in activities in his facility and helps in the community with jobs sponsored through Opportunity Enterprises. Everyone at his facility was thrilled that his wish came true!
Mary Jane Bishop, a resident of Speedway, Indiana had her wish for a yard makeover granted, thanks to the partnership between our Indiana chapter and American Senior Communities. Mary, 80, and her husband always took great pride in maintaining a beautiful yard. Sadly, her husband of 60 years recently passed away and she is physically unable to maintain her yard anymore on her own. Mary has been very involved in her community for years, volunteering with the Indy Crop Walk, her local PTA, Dellwood Day Camp and Church World Service. In addition, she served on the board and assisted with implementing a children’s program at Speedway Christian Church. Volunteers from the Indianapolis chapter of Twilight Wish gave her yard a much-needed sprucing up: they weeded the flowerbeds, raked alot of leaves, trimmed the bushes and decorated for Christmas. Thanks to Accurate Construction and Precision Painting, LLC for their generous donation towards this wish.
Lavetta Ray, 81, had her wish to go to Chicago with her sister one more time granted, thanks to the partnership between our Indiana chapter and American Senior Communities. Lavetta’s husband used to take her shopping in Chicago when they were younger. Sadly he has passed away, but Lavetta wished to be able to go there one more time. She and her sister enjoyed a wonderful day together: they visited Navy Pier where they rode the Ferris wheel, toured Skydeck Chicago and shopped. Making the day even more special was CNN/HLN covering this amazing wish!
Jean Magnant, a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana had her wish to visit her 93-year-old sister who lives in a facility in Texas granted, thanks to the partnership between the Twilight Wish Foundation Chapter of Indiana and American Senior Communities. Magnant, who is 100, is a resident of Rosegate, a proud member of American Senior Communities. She and her sister, Mary Richards, talk weekly on the phone, but haven’t seen each other in over five years. When the two sisters were younger and both married, they would frequently travel hundreds of miles to visit each other. After their husbands passed away, they continued to travel to each other’s homes. As they got older, it became more difficult for them to make the drive and then Richards moved to Fort Worth, Texas to be closer to her daughter. Magnant and her late husband volunteered throughout their 52-year-long marriage at St. Francis Hospital and St. Jude Catholic Church. She still keeps herself busy at 100 by making rosaries for her church, playing Words with Friends on her tablet and reading the newspaper daily. Magnant and her daughters traveled to Dallas on Wednesday, June 15th and visited with her sister.
Lucille Hiteshew, a longtime fan of the Indiana Pacers, recently had her wish to see a game in person granted, thanks to our Zionsville, Indiana chapter. Lucille had an amazing time, thanks to the generosity of the Pacers!