MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Making wishes come true has been a mission at Lakeview Elementary School for the past 22 years. The month of May was busier than usual as Lakeview set out to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley, as well as for Erika’s wish.

On Wednesday, May 23, Lakeview held its 22nd annual students vs. staff fundraiser basketball game. The school was buzzing with excitement as this event is a favorite among students, staff members and Lakeview families.

The outcome resulted in more than enough money to fund at least two wishes, with a grand total of $19,246.  

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Twelve-year-old Erika from Ossining selected a Hollywood wish. Accompanied by her family, Erika recently traveled to Hollywood and said that her experience was a “dream come true.” 

In attendance for the game was Tom Conklin, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley Chapter, along with Mike Bennett of WHUD radio. Bennett gave a shout out to Lakeview on the air the next morning and referred to Lakeview as a “fundraising machine.”  He also noted that Lakeview has raised the most money of any school in Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley’s history, according to Conklin.

In 2017, Lakeview funded now-4-year-old Trevor’s special “Batman Room Renovation” wish. Trevor and his parents, Bret and Dawn, also attended this year’s event to support Erika’s wish. Trevor was all smiles as he spent time visiting with his old friends from Lakeview.

Lakeview has supported the Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley in countless ways over the past two-plus decades. As a school community, it has raised approximately $300,000 through various fundraisers. The students have had countless opportunities to learn the importance of helping others while building character in the process. Earlier this year, Lakeview students participated in the Believe Campaign and raised more than $2,000 for Make-A-Wish by writing thoughtful letters to Santa stating that they “believed in wishes.”

After being inspired by previous Make-A-Wish events, Lakeview student Mikey McMahon took fundraising into his own hands and began Mikey’s Make-A-Wish. With the help of his family, Mikey sold popcorn at other events throughout the school year and raised $2,150. Mikey and grandfather, Gil McMahon, delivered the entire $19,246 that was raised to the Wish House last week.

Lakeview Elementary School and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley thank all the volunteers, area businesses and people who helped to make Erika’s wish come true.

Article provided by Denise Hembury, third-grade teacher/event coordinator for Make-A-Wish Foundation Hudson Valley.