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Our History

Since receiving its charter in 1986, Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley has granted the wishes of more than 2,900 children in the Hudson Valley region with critical illnesses. Our first office was located in Mt. Kisco, NY over Danny's Cheese Shop. In 2001, we moved to the Wish House in Tarrytown, NY. 

Serving the eight counties of Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester, the Chapter’s mission is to ensure that every child residing in the Hudson Valley who qualifies for Make-A-Wish services is granted his or her fondest wish. While wishes are referred and completed on an ongoing basis, we average 120 wishes granted a year. 

A volunteer Board of Directors and staff of 11, together with volunteers, donors and medical professionals from throughout the region, make wish granting possible. Among the Hudson Valley Chapter’s recently completed wishes include: to have online shopping sprees, meeting celebrities (virtually), traveling to Hawaii, a trip to Disney World and being a pop star for a day, to name a few.

Make-A-Wish® America provides the Hudson Valley Chapter with technical assistance, training, national coordination and support; however, all funds required to grant wishes are raised entirely within the Hudson Valley.

For more information, call Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley at (914) 478-9474 or e-mail us at [email protected].

Counties We Cover

Counties

Our Staff

Tom Conklin

Tom Conklin

President & CEO

My Wish
To be there in person to watch the NY Giants win a Superbowl. (Wish granted in 2008)
Denise D'Amico

Denise D'Amico

Vice President of Program & Operations

My Wish
To go on a Mediterranean Cruise with my family and friends.
Sara Rizzi

Sara Rizzi

Manager of Events

My Wish
To go to a tropical island and swim with dolphins or to be a guest on the Ellen Degeneres show.
Jillian Rodriguez

Jillian Rodriguez

Volunteer Coordinator

My Wish
To hang out for the day with Ed Sheeran or to travel to the set of Grey's Anatomy and meet the cast.
Clare Bucci Sharrock

Clare Bucci Sharrock

Community Outreach Coordinator

My Wish
To go on an Italian beach vacation on the Amalfi Coast with my Husband!

Our Board

Cathy Sifre

Cathy Sifre

Board Chair

Debbie A. Flynn

Debbie A. Flynn

Vice-Chair

Jennifer M. Herodes

Jennifer M. Herodes

Secretary

Jason Anthony

Jason Anthony

Treasurer

Careers & Internships

At Make-A-Wish, we are more than a great place to work — our work is life-changing. We are an inclusive and diverse group of people who, through a mosaic of backgrounds, thought and experiences, are united in purposeful work. We are fueled and guided by our values — values that are represented in the inspired people we work with and the life-changing work we do, every day. 

We are always on the lookout for great talent who share in our passion. If you are interested in a career or internship with Make-A-Wish, check out our current open positions. 

There are no job openings at this time.

Managing Our Funds 

Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley finances endeavors through corporate sponsorships, special events, foundation grants and individual contributions. However, we do not solicit funds by telephone and receive no federal or state funding. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, all contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our financial statements are audited locally by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. 

At Make-A-Wish, we take our responsibility for the monies donated to our cause very seriously and are pleased to confirm that according to the fiscal year 2019 audit results, Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley spent 73% of every dollar on wish granting and related program expenses. Only 12% of every dollar was spent on management and general costs and 15% was allocated to fundraising. For full financial details please review our most recent FY19 Audited Financial Statements or our latest 990.  

We are proud to be a BBB New York Accredited Charity Seal Holder, having met all 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. 

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How Your Gift Is Spent

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