Twilight Wish Welcomes John Uetz to Board of Directors

Twilight Wish is pleased to announce that John Uetz recently joined their board of directors.  Uetz, a resident of Brookhaven, Pa., is a recent graduate of Villanova University School of Law and is currently an Associate Attorney with the law office of Haviland Hughes in Philadelphia.    

During his time at Villanova, Uetz participated in various pro bono and public interest law programs including the Homeless Advocacy Project, an organization that provides a variety of legal services to Philadelphia’s homeless population free of charge.  Uetz also participated in Villanova’s Civil Justice Clinic, which serves indigent members of the community by providing pro bono representation in civil matters including landlord-tenant disputes and civil forfeiture cases.

“When I first heard about Twilight Wish Foundation, I knew it would be a great fit for me because I had seen firsthand the impact that granting a wish can have on a senior’s life,” said Uetz. “My grandmother is an amazing cook, but she had only ever cooked at home.  Her wish was to be a sous chef in a local restaurant for a day.  When her retirement home granted her wish, she talked about how much she enjoyed the experience for months.  I saw how much joy it gave her to have that experience and I am very excited to have the opportunity to play a part in making a positive impact on my community by being involved with Twilight Wish.” 

 

Volpe and Koenig, P.C. Announces Twilight Wish Is One of the Recipients of Its 2013 IPromise Charitable Giving Fund

PHILADELPHIA (November 12, 2013) – Volpe and Koenig, P.C., an intellectual property (IP) law firm with offices in Philadelphia, Pa. and Princeton, N.J., announced that Mighty Writers and the Twilight Wish Foundation will each receive grants through the firm’s 7th Annual IPromiseTM Charitable Giving Fund (“IPromise”). Established in 2007, IPromise helps two qualifying Greater Philadelphia and Princeton, N.J. area non-profit organizations continue their good work by awarding them each a $20,000 grant. This year, local ‘education’ and ‘veteran services’ organizations were eligible to apply. Of over 100 organizations that applied, six were selected as finalists whose representatives presented on the particular projects / missions that would benefit from the grant. Volpe and Koenig’s IPromise Charitable Giving Fund has presented more than $220,000 to date to local non-profit organizations, including those that support: community development; arts and culture; education; animal welfare; health and human services; and veteran causes.

Mighty Writers, located in Philadelphia, Pa., was founded in 2010 with the mission to teach Philadelphia kids (ages seven to 17) to think and write with clarity so they can achieve success at school, at work and in life. The organization offers a daily afterschool academy, plus long- and short-term writing classes at night and on the weekends. The IPromise grant will help Mighty Writers to support their Mighty Teen Scholars program, mentorships, intensive SAT prep courses and college essay writing classes, which are all free to Philadelphia students. Said Mighty Writer Executive Director Tim Whitaker, “We are extremely grateful to Volpe and Koenig for their generous gift. We focus on college in our Teen Scholars program, and this grant will go toward helping our kids get ready for their higher education.”

The Twilight Wish Foundation (TWF), located in Doylestown, PA, honors and acknowledges seniors for all they have given to others by bringing comfort and joy into their lives through individual wish granting celebrations. The organization grants wishes to deserving elderly, age 68 and older, who earn less than 200% of poverty level annually, or who live in a nursing facility – many of these wish recipients are honored veterans. The IPromise grant will provide the funds to fulfill wishes of several qualifying veterans, including such requests as: the opportunity to visit a sibling that a veteran discovered he had, getting much-needed dentures, and a ride in a fighter jet that the veteran used to work on in the Korean War. Said Cass Forkin, founder and chairman of the board of TWF, “We are pleased and honored to have been selected for Volpe and Koenig’s IPromise grant for this year. The grant will allow us to bring smiles and joy to local elderly veterans during their twilight years as we honor them by granting their poignant wishes. We want our senior veterans to know that they are remembered and thanked for their services and sacrifices for our freedoms.”

Based in Philadelphia, Pa. and Princeton, N.J., Volpe and Koenig, P.C. provides worldwide client counseling on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, technology transfers, due diligence, licensing and enforcement. For additional information, please visit www.vklaw.com.

 

 

Twilight Wish Foundation and Parentgiving Announce Winner of First Annual Caring for the Caregiver Contest

Doylestown, PA – Caregiving is the core of the U.S. long-term care system. In fact, the value of care provided by unpaid informal caregivers is estimated at $306 billion annually. Sadly, many of the over 39 million Americans who provide care to elderly family members themselves suffer from poor health. The strain of caring for frail or disabled relatives often results in emotional, physical and mental health problems for the caregiver.

To recognize and reward caregivers who often put their own needs last, national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation and Parentgiving created the “Caring for the Caregiver” award.  Twilight Wish and Parentgiving are excited to announce that Claudette Tuttle of Riverhead, New York has been chosen as the winner of the contest, coinciding with the celebration of National Caregivers Month in November.

Tuttle, 65, has been caring for her 92-year-old bedridden mother, Alice, since 2000.  She is responsible for all daily care of her mother, takes her to all her doctor appointments and keeps track of all her medications, continuing even after she herself suffered a terrible fall five years ago that left her with a broken sternum and debilitating pain in her hip and back.  It was only two years ago that Tuttle who worked for the Riverhead Central School District for 22 years, 13 of them as a full-time bus driver, retired, while continuing to provide care for her mother. In March 2013, a devastating fire destroyed her family home and all her possessions.  Tuttle’s beloved pets, two dogs, a puppy and several cats, also died in the tragic fire.  Luckily, Tuttle escaped injury as did her mother who was staying in a small cottage on the property.  Tuttle was nominated by her sister, Nancy Hansen of Stratham, New Hampshire for her dedication to caring for their mother, despite all her own hardships. Tuttle and a friend will get her wish of going to the Christmas Spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall, followed by dinner in Manhattan, while her sister takes care of their mother for the day.

Allegheny Chapter of Twilight Wish Receives Donation

The Allegheny County chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation, Western Pennsylvania, was the recipient of a generous donation from Highland Park Care Center. Marianne Pisano, the administrator of Highland Park, recently presented a check for $500 to Lisa Dalena of the Allegheny County chapter. Highland Park also donated Lexus Club Pirates tickets for a wish earlier this year.  

Twilight Wish and Parentgiving Announce Caring for the Caregiver Contest

Twilight Wish Foundation and Parentgiving know how much hard work and dedication are needed to provide care for an elderly loved one. We also understand how stressful and time-consuming it can be. Many caregivers often put themselves last and struggle with their own physical, mental and financial needs. To recognize the selflessness of caregivers, we created the Caring for the Caregiver award. One lucky caregiver will receive a getaway of their choice: a two-night hotel stay, tickets to a show or event, restaurant meal(s), or a relaxing spa treatment(s). While they relax, a local senior homecare organization will provide professional in-home non-medical senior care services for the winning caregiver’s loved one, ensuring them a worry-free getaway. To enter the contest, simple nominate yourself or a deserving caregiver you know and tell us why that person deserves to win.  Click here to download the application now.  Or, click here to fill out form online. Deadline for entries is October 15, 2013.

Twilight Wish Receives Generous Donation from Dominion Foundation

Twilight Wish Foundation, recently received a donation from The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion, one of the nation’s largest energy companies. Robert Sauer, Station Director of Fairless Works, one of Dominion’s generating stations, presented a check for $5,000 to the staff of Twilight Wish Foundation.  The funding received from The Dominion Foundation will be used to grant simple needs wishes for deserving, low-income elderly. 

“Twilight Wish is proud to receive this grant from Dominion towards our simple needs 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 the generosity of Dominion.”

The Dominion Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion companies. Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 28,200 megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,300 miles of electric transmission lines.  Dominion operates the nation’s largest natural gas storage system with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 15 states.   For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s website at www.dom.com.

Pictured, Robert Sauer of Dominion presents Sandy Guinan, Director of Individual and Corporate Giving, Twilight Wish Foundation, with the check.

Twilight Wish Opens Chapter in Indiana!

Twilight Wish is pleased to announce the appointment of Sunee Fleshman as director of the newly-formed Indiana chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation.  A recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame and an alumnae of St. Mary’s College, Fleshman, 23, was very involved with campus ministry and often performed music at masses for the Sisters of the Holy Cross who reside on campus. Fleshman grew close to many of the women there, especially Sister Marilla Dyer, 92.  For Sister Marilla’s birthday last September, Fleshman surprised her with a ticket to the Notre Dame-Purdue football game and pushed her in a wheelchair all the way from St. Mary’s to Notre Dame to attend the game.

“It was one of the best days of my life,” said Fleshman.  “And, it inspired me to want to grant wishes for the elderly.”  However, as a busy college student, Fleshman had no idea how she could manage, much less afford, such an ambitious endeavor until she was crowned Miss Collegiate North in March.  Her platform, “Shining Light through Twilight,” provides her the opportunity to help those seniors who have inspired her throughout her life.  As chapter director, Fleshman will be making wishes come true for deserving seniors in Indiana, making our world a nicer place to age.

New Chapter Opens in Illinois

Twilight Wish is excited to announce the appointment of Terese Klinger as director of the newly-formed Elburn, Illinois chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation.  Klinger has been an occupational therapist for over 10 years, working in a variety of settings.  Currently, she is working full-time in home healthcare.  Klinger is also a registered therapeutic riding instructor and provides occupational therapy services part-time in an outpatient clinic that specializes in hippotherapy.  

Klinger was inspired to join Twilight Wish after an incident involving her elderly father.

“My dad fell while out for his morning walk and two high school senior girls on their way to school saw him fall.  Not only did they walk home with him, but they stopped by after school to make sure he was okay,” said Klinger. “On that day, my faith in humanity was restored.  It’s all about people helping people, regardless of age.  And, in my work with the elderly, I have the perfect opportunity to help make seniors’ wishes come true.”

Welcome, Terese!

Twilight Wish Welcomes New Hampshire Chapter

Twilight Wish is pleased to announce the appointment of Beverly Mutascio as the director of the newly-formed New Hampshire chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation.   

Mutascio has been working with the elderly in her community for many years, first as a licensed nursing assistant (LNA) in a nursing facility and later in home care.  She also volunteered with Friend to Friend, an organization that matches volunteers with shut-ins, providing companionship. Mutascio resides in Rochester, NH with her husband and daughter. 

 “When I heard about Twilight Wish, I just knew that this was a way for me to make a difference beyond my immediate community and to get others involved as well,” said Mutascio.  “My desire is for everyone to see and enjoy all the treasures the elderly have to share with us and to give back to them for all they have given and sacrificed for later generations.”  For more information on the New Hampshire chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation, visit the website at www.twilightwish.org or call Beverly Mutascio at (603) 264-5351.

 

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