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CareOne Hosts Sets One Day Fundraising Record for Make-A-Wish New Jersey in Newark

The Courtright family poses for a photo at a media event.
(From L-R) Adam Davis of the Devils management, Corey Schneider of the Devils, Daniel and Elizabeth Strauss, Make A Wish NJ CEO Tom Weatherall and Nancy Kerrigan pose with a $1.3 million check.
(From L-R) Lexi Pourakis, 7, Cassidy Burke, 7 and Olivia Vanderhoof, 7, all of Hillsdale, pose with Belle at the Feb. 26 carnival.
Make-A-Wish New Jersey staff members (from left) Ali Intravatola, Victoria Bollhardt, Sarah Ruana and Meagan Plichta

NEWARK, NJ – For the Courtright family, the 200 Wishes carnival on Sunday, February 26 at the Prudential Center in Newark was about spreading the message of Make-A-Wish New Jersey and all it is able to accomplish for so many families across the state.

The Courtright family certainly knows the value. Two of their four children – Matthew and Mitchell – have cystic fibrosis. For Matthew, age 12, that meant a wish was granted to surf in Hawaii. For little Mitchell, age 7, it meant he finally got to see his true hero, Pluto, during a trip to Disney World.

“It is really hard to put in words what Make-A-Wish New Jersey has meant for our family,” said Gregory Courtright, who attended the Sunday event with Mitchell, as well as his two daughters, Makenzie, 15, and Miranda, 9.

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The Courtright family showed its appreciation recently, donating the family’s 1968 convertible Corvette to raise money for the charity. “If that doesn’t show how appreciative we are, nothing will,” Courtright said. “I learned how to drive stick on that car.”

Another way the Courtrights showed their support was to tell their story to the gaggle of media who attended Sunday’s event, generously presented by CareOne, a family-owned healthcare company. It was a record-setting day, with $1.3 million generated for Make-A-Wish New Jersey – enough to generate 200 wishes.

The impact of funding 200 wishes from a one-day event is tremendous, as the non-profit is typically able to raise enough money through the year to grant on average 500 wishes. Yesterday’s event included about 30 wish children and their families, who participated in a dizzying number of attractions, from jumping castles, to photos with Darth Vader, to building stuffed animals.

Spearheaded by CEO Daniel E. Straus and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Straus, the family-oriented event included ice skating on the New Jersey Devils’ ice rink, carnival games and prizes, a Build-A-Bear Workshop experience, and special guest appearances by Olympic Medalist Nancy Kerrigan, Corey Schneider of the Devils and Miss New Jersey Brenna Weick.

“I feel like I am the fortunate one here,” said Schneider, the Devils goalie, and a resident of Short Hills. “I am fortunate to be here, lift some spirits and help make their day. Any time you can help make wishes come true, it means a lot.”

Another featured guest at the carnival was  Kerrigan, who met with wish families and led two ice shows. “It is really great to be here,” she said, adding that Care One has done a terrific job create a family event that has been able to raise so much money for Make-A-Wish New Jersey.

Care One is New Jersey’s largest privately-owned post-acute and long-term care provider, and one of the largest privately-owned health care companies in the United States.

Each year, CareOne selects a charitable organization to support, with past initiatives raising more than $5 million in funds for organizations including: Superstorm Sandy relief efforts, Boston’s One Fund, The Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

“As health care providers, we are committed to improving the quality of life of our patients and their families,” said CareOne CEO Daniel E. Straus. “Partnering with Make-A-Wish New Jersey enables us to extend this commitment to children and families throughout New Jersey.” According to Make-A-Wish New Jersey, wishes impact everyone involved - wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities.

“Our entire CareOne team was excited to participate in this monumental fundraising event,” said CareOne Executive Vice President Elizabeth Straus. “This is an incredible opportunity to make wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.”

All proceeds raised at the 200 Wishes event are going directly to Make-A-Wish New Jersey to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

“A wish experience has a magical way of unifying people around the powerful mission of bringing hope, strength, and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions,” said Tom Weatherall, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish New Jersey. “The leadership and staff of CareOne have certainly proven this to be true through their inspiring efforts to help grant us grant wishes through their upcoming 200 Wishes event.” 

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