2018 “Week of Wishes”

Twilight Wish Foundation, Inc., is an award-winning 501(c)3 charitable organization, and the first national wish granting organization for seniors in the United States. Over 2,700 Twilight Wish stories have changed the future of aging for the past 15 years. Now you have an opportunity to bring “WOW Moments” to seniors today and help make the world become a nicer place to age.

A $1,000 Membership Fee supports our 2nd Annual “WOW – Week of Wishes” national challenge to change the way society views aging.

Complete the application online, or download the application and email it to Cass.Forkin@TwilightWish.org or fax back to 215-230-8770 or mail to Twilight Wish, PO Box 1042, Doylestown, PA 18901.
WHO CAN BECOME A “WOW MOMENTS” MEMBER?
• You. WOW Members can sponsor in their own names.
• You in Honor of a Loved One. WOW Members can donate in honor of a loved one for Mother’s Day or in honor of a Veteran for Armed Forces Day.
• Your Company. WOW Members can sponsor in the name of their company.

WHEN: May 13, 2018 to May 20, 2018. This date coincides with honoring Mothers on Mother’s Day, Veterans for Armed Services Day, and, senior residents in elder care facilities for National Skilled Nursing Care Week.

WHY: Twilight Wish identifies Twilight Wishes to grant across America and grants these wishes through our chapters. We also encourage others to grant wishes either with our assistance or on their own through our website and social media; and through local, regional and national media. In addition, Twilight Wish is sponsoring a Social Media Photo Contest to engage all ages in honoring seniors. To assist, we provide marketing materials including instructions on YouTube under Cass Forkin for “How to ask a senior what their wish is” and “The importance of granting a Twilight Wish”. Below are some of the 2017 WOW Moment wishes!
➢ Theresia,105, received her high school diploma and made national news.
➢ Beatrice wished to visit her children’s graves one more time.
➢ Lizzie, early stages Alzheimer, wished to paint a mural and eat cheesesteaks with her family at Pat’s in South Philadelphia. Her mural of a dove hangs in a church window.

Make the world a nicer place to age by bringing awareness through your 2018 WOW Moments Membership.

❖ 2018 WOW Moments Members will be recognized in the upcoming Twilight Wish annual report fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.Annual Reports are featured on our website in perpetuity.
❖ Name recognition on Twilight Wish Foundation Website under “About Us” section with separate listing for 2018 WOW Moments Members.
▪ Corporate name and logo for the “About Us” section
▪ Cross marketing and special permission for use of Twilight Wish Foundation WOW logo and trademarks requests to promote the partnership may be granted by the Board of Directors.
❖ 2018 WOW Moment Members are mentioned on Twilight Wish Foundation social media platforms which may include any or all FaceBook, Twitter, Linked In and Instagram.
❖ 2018 WOW Moment Member recognition wooden plaque.
❖ Article listing 2018 WOW Moment Members on our Twilight Wish “Shining Moments” news updates emailed to over 3,000 members
❖ Invitation to attend wish granting events, as appropriate.
❖ Invitation to tour the Twilight Wish headquarters.
❖ Invitation to attend a special event to be held to honor the 2018 WOW Moments Members during the 2018 year for presentation of the plaques and celebration of the 2018 Wow Moments.

Twilight Wish at Pennsylvania Assisted LIving Association Conference

State Representative Timothy Hennessey, Chair of the Pennsylvania Older Adult and Aging Committee, stopped by the Twilight Wish booth during the PALA conference and talked with Mae Krier (pictured) and Cass Forkin. Hennessey opened the PALA spring conference and Forkin was the ending speaker. Great audiences are those who already love seniors and want to honor and thank them for their contributions!

Twilight Wish “Week of Wishes”

Seeking 25 National Founding Members To Change the Future of Aging

 PURPOSE: 

Today, Twilight Wish Foundation is about to change the way the future of aging is viewed for a third time with a national outreach.    Along with your membership, we are founding a national movement called “WOW – Week of Wishes” to change the way our society views aging, with the goal to change behaviors and make our world a nicer place to age, one wish at a time. We are seeking 25 national WOW Founding Members to help us reach this goal!

After granting 2,600 Twilight Wishes directly, we are asking everyone in America to reach out and grant a wish to a beloved senior in their own lives even as we grant wishes across the country through our chapters.  This is our inaugural year and we are encouraging the granting of wishes with marketing materials, including stickers, “how to” instructions, and a national WOW photo contest!

Our hope is that this groundbreaking “WOW – Week of Wishes” will become an annual event and encourage others to be kind to seniors and to go out of their way to grant wishes to them.  We will promote with photos and stories that are life changing. 

WHEN:  

The first national “WOW – Week of Wishes” is being held from May 14 to May 20, 2017.  This date coincides with honoring all mothers on Mother’s Day, with honoring Veterans for Armed Services Day, and, with honoring those who take care of seniors in elder care facilities, National Nursing Home Week.  WOW!  We have already identified wishes across the country that will be granted by our chapters and will encourage others to do the same through our chapters; our website and social media; and through local, regional and national media. Some of the wishes include a high school graduation for a 105-year-old woman in hospice, a fishing trip with a lunch at Kentucky Fried Chicken and a 86-year-old fighter pilot who wishes to ride in an airplane simulator.  

WHY: 

There are many benefits to being one of the 25 Founding Members.  Most importantly, Founding Members will go down in Twilight Wish history for bringing awareness to the general public by founding the National Movement to make our world a nicer place to age with WEEK OF WISHES – WOW!!!  We will also hang a plaque in our headquarters with every WOW Founding Member named on it for all to see AND you will receive a plaque to hang in your homes or offices reminding others to make our world a nicer place to age.  See full benefit list attached. 

LIMITED:

Founding Members are limited to 25 members only.  First come, first serve basis during our membership drive.  Membership will be sponsored by a Twilight Wish Team Member and is based on history and experience with Twilight Wish, and in support of our mission and vision. 

Call Cass at 215-534-0402 with questions or for more information. 

Twilight Wish “WOW – Week of Wishes” National Founding Member Benefits….$1,000

Limited to 25 Members

Founding Members will go down in perpetuity in Twilight Wish history for making our world a nicer place to age, one wish at a time nationally. 

Twilight Wish will hang a plaque in our headquarters with each WOW Founding Member named on it for all to see. 

WOW Founding Member plaque will be featured at WOW headquarter events. 

Recognition as WOW Founding Member in Twilight Wish annual reports.

Named as a Twilight Wish WOW Founding Member Advisory Board of Directors. Participation in annual WOW Advisory Board Meeting, if desired. 

Name recognition on Twilight Wish Foundation Website under “About Us” section with separate listing for WOW Founding Members/Advisory Board.  Up to four lines of text plus a photo (can be a logo or personal photo.) 

Cross marketing and special permission for use of Twilight Wish Foundation WOW logo and trademarks requests to promote the partnership in accordance with our mission and vision will be approved with 7 day advance notification.  

WOW Founding Members will be mentioned on Twilight Wish Foundation social media platforms to include FaceBook, Twitter, Linked In and Instagram.

Framed wooden plaque recognizing you or your loved ones or your company as a WOW Founding Member .

Article listing the WOW Founding Members on our Twilight Wish “Shining Moments” news updates emailed to over 3,000 members

Invitation to attend wish granting events as appropriate.

Invitation to tour the Twilight Wish headquarters.

Invitation to attend a special event to be held to honor the WOW Founding Members following the WOW Week for presentation of the awards.  

Week of Wishes Photo Contest

During our upcoming national “Week of Wishes” (May 14th – May 20th, 2017), we are encouraging everyone to grant a wish to a special senior in their life. To celebrate this week, we will be holding a photo contest to showcase the wishes that everyone is granting across the U.S.

Week of Wishes Photo Contest Guidelines

  1. Capture photos of the wishes/activities/events being granted by anyone in the general public during the Week of Wishes, May 14-20, 2017.
  2. Pick one photo that you feel best showcases the fun you had during the wish granting.  We will accept one photo per wish.
  3. Submit the chosen photo, a brief caption and your contact information to Mary@twilightwish.org by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017. Be sure you have permission from all individuals in the photo to share on Facebook by having them sign this form.  Photos will be shared on Facebook as we receive them.
  4. Visit Twilight Wish Foundation’s Facebook page and “like” us, if you haven’t already.
  5. “Like” your photo.
  6. Encourage family and friends to “like” our page and your photo.
  7. “Likes” will count towards the contest until 12 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017. Winner will be announced at that time.

The photo receiving the most “likes” will be our 2017 winner and will receive a wooden plaque and featured in a piece to be highlighted on our website and in our social media sites.

Twilight Wish “Week of Wishes”

WOW!! Our first ever Twilight Wish “Week of Wishes” is coming this spring! Many of our chapters across the country will be granting at least one wish during the week of May 14th through the 19th, conciding with National Nursing Home Week. For the past thirteen years, Twilight Wish has been changing the perception of aging in the U.S.  By celebrating the lives of deserving seniors, we continue to demonstrate that dreams are for everyone and have no age limit.  It’s no surprise that the acronym for Week of Wishes is WOW!

If you work with seniors or have a special senior in your life that has an unrealized wish or dream, please fill out our wish application today and mail it or fax it to us! There is a good chance that, if they meet our criteria, we may grant their wish during our Week of Wishes. And, if you would like to make a difference in the lives of seniors now, donate here or mail your check to P.O. Box 1042, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Stay tuned for more updates here and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!  Together, we can keep making our world a nicer place to age, one wish at a time!

 

 

Join Our Allegheny County Chapter at Life Options Expo

Please join our Allegheny County chapter at the Life Options Expo at the Monroeville Mall the weekend of September 11th/12th.  In addition to free medical screenings, there will be hourly presentations on age and lifestyle topics and veterans’ presentations. Donate $5 or more to Twilight Wish and receive discounts at participating stores throughout the mall.  

Don’t miss this great event!

Lafferty Chevrolet Presents Check to Twilight Wish

Twilight Wish Foundation recently received a generous donation from Ally Financial on behalf of its relationship with Lafferty Chevrolet of Warminster, Pennsylvania.  Ally account executive Taryn Solomon, Jack Lafferty and Jackson Lafferty of Lafferty Chevrolet presented the $5,000 check to Twilight Wish Foundation’s Director of Wish Management, Michelle Bowren.

Founded in Doylestown in 2003, Twilight Wish Foundation is the first national wish granting organization for the elderly.  Since its founding twelve years ago, Twilight Wish has granted the wishes of over 2,320 seniors throughout the U.S.  The funding received from Ally Financial and Lafferty Chevrolet will be used to grant wishes for deserving, low-income elderly. 

“Twilight Wish is proud to receive this grant from Ally and Lafferty Chevrolet towards our wish granting program,” said Forkin, founder and chairman of the board of Twilight Wish Foundation.  “Many more seniors will have their wishes granted, thanks to their generosity.”

About Lafferty Chevrolet: Since 1960, Lafferty Chevrolet has been providing exceptional service to its customer. Lafferty Chevrolet has a strong commitment to local community. The dealership sponsors local sports organizations, scouting organizations, local projects and has a drive and win program with local schools.  Over the years, Lafferty Chevrolet has led the area in car and truck sales and delivers from Maine to the Carolinas.  In addition, Lafferty Chevrolet has an award winning Service and Parts Department with all the latest equipment. With all the modern changes in the automotive industry, we are constantly training our technicians and our sales, service and parts consultants.

The Latest El Tour News!

We are pleased to unveil our 2014 El Tour de Tucson Team Twilight Wish Cycling Jersey.  If you register as a rider on Team Twilight, we will pay your registration fee and give you this jersey!   The Pin Up art was graciously donated by Greg Hildebrandt who has an amazing body of work, including his most well known piece for the original Star Wars movie poster. A big thank you goes out to Mr. Hildebrandt, Jean Scrocco and his staff, as well as Susie Conner and the folks at Pactimo. Special thank you to Felipe Garcia for the concept and design of our Team Twilight Wish jersey. To register or to pre-order this jersey, please call Lisa at (520) 419-9303.

We Invite You to Ride with Us!

Please join us and ride in the 32nd El Tour de Tucson on November 22nd, presented by Casino Del Sol Resort and sponsored by Special Olympics.  Our Tucson, Arizona chapter is excited to have the opportunity to raise funds on behalf of Southern Arizona Honor Flight by cycling in this fun and amazing event.  The Tucson chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation has been granting wishes to low-income veterans and seniors since 2006.  In supporting Honor Flight through Twilight Wish, you can give a proud Arizona WWII veteran the chance to feel the impact of all their services, as well as our nation’s gratitude by sending him or her on a very special flight to Washington D.C. to see the WWII memorial.  Event distances for El Tour are 1/4, 5 and 12 mile fun rides or 40, 55, 75 and 104 mile rides for the more advanced cyclist. Register with us today and as an official Twilight Wish cyclist, we will pay your registration fees totaling $145 and provide you with a Twilight Wish cycling jersey.  We only ask that you raise at least $250 (per rider) to help support this great cause. Help us share in the responsibility of keeping our deserving veterans from being forgotten.  Join Twilight Wish today in our effort to “Ride to Unify” in El Tour de Tucson 2014.  Follow the Twilight Wish team on their journey to event day on both Twitter and Instagram at @Ride2Unify.  For more information, please contact Lisa at TwilightRide2Unify@aol.com or 520-574-9303.  For registration form, click here.

Rest in Peace “Band of Brothers” WWII Vet William Guarnere

William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, a South Philly native and World War II vet who was portrayed on the television miniseries, “Band of Brothers,” died on Saturday at the age of 90. Twilight Wish founder Cass Forkin had the pleasure of meeting this national hero in 2011.

 

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Band-of-Brothers-WWII-Vet-Bill-Guarnere-Dies-at-90-249198891.html