Ware Presbyterian Village Residents Enjoy Trip to Walmart

Five residents of Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford, PA had their simple wish for a shopping trip to Walmart granted recently.  During the past school year, Avon Grove High School National Honor Society students raised funds to grant the simple needs wishes of eight residents of the nursing home. The students raised $1,000 by selling cake pops after school and hosting a 5K run.  The students visited the school in May 2012 and visited with the residents and gave them their gifts, including Walmart gift cards for these five women. According to Tami Bennett, Ware Presbyterian Village Activity Director, they had a wonderful day and were able to purchase things they would not have been able to purchase without the students’ generosity.

Happy Birthday to Our Oldest Volunteer!

Congratulations to Josefina (Fina), our oldest volunteer, who just turned 100 on August 12, 2012.  Although she is almost completely blind from macular degeneration, Fina still knits and crochets lap blankets and scarves for elderly recipients.  Fina is known for her sense of humor and strong faith and is an inspiration to all who know her.  She lives with her son-in-law and does the cleaning, cooking and laundry for the household.  When asked what the secret to her longevity is, she replied “I guess it’s the one Corona I have every weekend!”  Happy birthday to Fina!

Family Fall Fest & Moonlight Movie to Benefit Twilight Wish

Bucks Business Professionals, a local business networking organization, and Twilight Wish are hosting the first annual Family Fall Fest & Moonlight Movie at the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works Museum in Doylestown on Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Rain date is Sunday, September 23rd.  This family-friendly event will feature pony rides, face painting, moon bounces, a photo booth, sand & spin art, food, live music and vendors.  The fun-filled day will culminate with the showing of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, under the stars in the Tile Works’ courtyard.

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring this event or being a vendor, please contact Jan Stumpf at 215-230-8777 ext. 102. 

If you can’t attend but would like to donate to our event, click here.

Twilight Wish Welcomes New Director of Volunteer Management and Special Events

We are excited to announce that Jan Stumpf  has joined our Doylestown staff as part-time Director of Volunteer Management and Special Events.  Jan has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare field and most recently was Assistant Volunteer Coordinator at the Family Service Association of Bucks County in Langhorne.  In addition, Stumpf is also active in the community and volunteers with Contact Philadelphia, Habitat for Humanity and the Delaware Valley Philharmonic. Welcome, Jan!

Gloria Dei Senior Communities Partners with Twilight Wish

Local Veterans Honored During Doylestown Airport’s “Celebration of Flight”

Two local veterans helped kick off  Doylestown Airport’s annual “Celebration of Flight”  open house by taking off into the wide blue yonder as passengers in an airplane on Saturday, June 2, 2012.  Their flights were arranged by Twilight Wish.  This year’s open house was held in conjunction with the week-long Doylestown County Seat Bicentennial Celebration and included free airplane rides, music, food and radio-controlled aircraft demonstrations.

Robert Crossett of Doylestown and Jack Jameson of Danboro flew in a Cessna 182 piloted by Jim McEachern of the Warrington Flying Club. Crossett served 26 years in the Navy and took part in Operation Desert-Storm.  Jameson seved in the Air Force during both the Korean and Vietnam wars and fought in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu.

Thanks to Twilight Wish volunteer, Michael Ellenbogen, who represented Twilight Wish at the event and presented the veterans with their wish certificates.  Photo, from left: pilot Jim McEachern, Robert Crossett and Jack Jameson.



Avon Grove NHS Students Grant Wishes to Nursing Home Residents

Over the past few months, Avon Grove High School National Honor Society students raised funds to grant the simple needs wishes of eight residents of Ware Presbyterian Village nursing facility in Oxford, PA.  The students raised $1,000 by selling cake pops after school and hosting a 5K run.  The wishes were for simple items including a CD player, a gospel music CD and Dove body wash.  The students visited the facility on Thursday, May 24, 2012 and handed out the gifts during a special reception.

To engage the seniors, the students showed them the cake pops they had been selling and asked about their favorite flower.  In turn, one of the seniors told the girls she used to live in Sweden and another shared that both of her parents were born in Poland.  She taught the students a little Polish by speaking in Polish and having them repeat what she said.  One of the students made the seniors laugh by sharing that her Irish family displays their family tree at gatherings and that she is only a small twig off the Irish branches.

This wish granting was arranged through Twilight Wish’s Intergenerational Education Program (IEP) which matches local schools with nearby nursing homes, enriching the lives of both the students and the elderly nursing home residents. For more information about the IEP, please contact Tasia Kavalek at 215-230-8777 ext. 102.

Twilight Wish Welcomes New Chapter in Southern California

Twilight Wish Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Crista Sullivan and Kelly Shemonis as co-directors of the newly-formed Southern California chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation. The new chapter will be based in Santa Monica, CA.

Sullivan has worked in the defense and aerospace industries as a design and product support engineer for the past decade.  Since 2003, Sullivan has been volunteering for Make-A-Wish as a wish granter for children with life-threatening illnesses.  She is looking forward to using this experience as a wish granter to help launch Twilight Wish Foundation’s Southern California chapter.

“I am excited to be a part of Twilight Wish,” said Sullivan. “I’m hopeful that the addition of the Southern California chapter will enlighten the community on the needs of many deserving seniors in our area.”

Shemonis is currently a wound care nurse with Country Villa Health Services.  Prior to this, she worked with a home health agency in New Jersey, providing non-medical homecare and assistance with daily living activities to elderly.  This one-on-one experience in homecare led her to her career in nursing.  Shemonis eventually hopes to open a board and care for seniors, to give them a home away from home.

 “There is a huge need for care in working with seniors, more than providing medical services” said Shemonis.  “Seniors deserve attention, our respect and an ear to listen to them in their later years.”

For more information on the Southern California chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation, visit the website at www.twilightwish.org or call (310) 314-3980.

Twilight Wish Welcomes New Chapter in Dallas, TX

Twilight Wish Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Denise Tennison as director of the newly-formed Dallas, Texas chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation.  Tennison brings with her more than 15 years of experience as a volunteer in several nursing homes and two years as a Community Relations Director for a local assisted living facility.  As chapter director, she will be making wishes come true for deserving seniors in Texas and making our world a nicer place to age.

 “I have always had a strong desire to help the elderly have a better quality of life,” said Tennison. “I am excited and look forward to making wishes come true here in Dallas.”  For more information on Tthe Dallas chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation, visit the website at www.twilightwish.org or call (972) 345-2766.


Twilight Wish Partners with Bucks Business Professionals for Second Zumbathon

Twilight Wish Foundation, in conjunction with Bucks Business Professionals, hosted a Zumbathon fundraiser on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Cold Spring Elementary School in Doylestown.  Over 50 participants attended the charity fundraiser which featured three certified Zumba instructors who donated their time and energy to make the event a success.  Over $1,500 was raised to benefit Twilight Wish Foundation and the low-income seniors it serves.

Several local businesses donated to the event including Team Capital Bank, B Spa, Savor, Giant, Acme, Arbonne and SJR Catering.  In addition to being a major supporter of the event, Bucks Business Professionals sponsored a dance team of four members who raised $600 for Twilight Wish.