On Friday, October 12, A Birthday Wish will celebrate four years of granting special wishes for children in New Jersey foster care. The fourth annual Wonder of Wishes event will be held at the Stage House Tavern in Mountainside, New Jersey, and it promises to be one of the highlights of the fall season. Eleven Eleven will be preforming this year, bringing their high-energy set list packed with current songs and old favorites. General admission tickets ($35) and sponsorships are available at www.ABirthdayWish.org.

A Birthday Wish was founded in 2014 by Westfield resident, Jane Hoffman. The organization is headquartered in Westfield and operates throughout New Jersey in twelve counties. Each month they receive lists of children in foster care who will be celebrating their birthday in the upcoming months.  Donors grant the children’s wishes and volunteers wrap each gift, include a special card, and deliver the packages across the state. 

The children celebrated by A Birthday Wish have not had an easy life.  Many have been the victims of extreme abuse or severe neglect. They have lost parents to due substance abuse, incarceration, or death.  This is an opportunity to remind them that they are special and thought of on the anniversary of their birth. Due to the chaos in their young lives, many have never had a birthday party or even opened a special gift.

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Jane Hoffman is quick to mention that, “A Birthday Wish wouldn't exist without the generosity and commitment of so many Westfield residents, young and old.” The idea first came to Hoffman after a chance encounter with a CASA of Union County supervisor at Festival in downtown Westfield.  The ladies of the Tuesday Club of Westfield were the original donors and volunteers. School children, church groups, book clubs, and many families throughout Westfield have granted thousands of wishes, wrapped as many gifts and delivered carloads of special treats to eager children. Hoffman commented, “Our Wonder of Wishes event is an opportunity to celebrate that intangible quality that makes a town like Westfield so special. It’s people who care about people and want to make the world a kinder place.”

To learn more about A Birthday Wish and the special children they celebrate each month, visit their website at www.ABirthdayWish.org.

2018 Wonder of Wishes Event Committee

Olivia Board, Erin Cetera, Amy Cook, Suzanne Cicia, Kelly Cleary, Alyson Germond, Vilma Gonzalez, Sarah Himmelbaum, Jane Hoffman, Jessica Lasota, Connie Martines Corcoran, Emily McDonagh, Jeaneen McGuire, Meaghan Murphy, Erinn Murray, Wendy Nitche, Marisa O’Brien, Stacie Paterson, Renee Rapuano, Kathy Sartorius, Courtney Thein, Colleen Thorburn and Mary Weldon

2018 Wonder of Wishes Sponsors

Silver Sponsorships 

DiMattina Design Group 

Dream Factory Balloons

Elegant Homes by Ralph Rapuano Jr

James Foerst Spector Foerst & Associates

David and Vilma Gonzalez

Michael and Denise Marigotta

Ted and Emily McDonagh

Jean Marie Morgan of Coldwell Banker

Mr. B Printing

Team Murphy

Tracey Thomson & Michael Byrne

The Szot Family 

Wyse Advisors LLC

Zype

Gold Sponsorship 

Michael and Jennifer Basta

Brody Brodo Photography

Anthony and Suzanne Cicia

Cotapaxi Custom Design and Manufacturing

William and Carolyn Hoffman

McGuire Cadillac

Kevin and Michelle McGurn

Brendan and Erinn Murray

Patrick and Gia O'Keefe

Kevin and Marisa O'Brien

Kathy and Scott Sartorius

The Main Event

Timothy and Courtney Thein

The Thorburn Group, J.P. Morgan Securities

Brian and Carolyn Wanat 

Matthew and Ditte Witte​​​​​​​

Platinum Sponsorship 

Anonymous

Ryan and Ellen Bernholz

The Britain Family 

Ferraro's Restaurant of Westfield

Jane and Christian Hoffman

Arthur and Stacie Paterson

Mitchell and Nancy Shivers

The Stage House Tavern

Westfield Living

Event Sponsor 

The Weldon Family