Hank Goehring, 80, and his wife, Loretta, lived in the small town of Kimmswick, Missouri, for over 14 years and were very involved in the community there. Now, with them getting on in years and being unable to live on their own, they live together in the Marymount Senior Living Community in Eureka. Goehring’s simple, poignant wish is to return for the day to their beloved town of Kimmswick and revisit some of their favorite places including City Hall where Goehring used to work as an Alderman. In addition to serving as an Alderman, Goehring was a police officer for over 30 years, both in St. Louis and in Kimmswick where he was Chief of Police. In addition, he is an Army and Marine Corp Reserve veteran and ran the museum at Jefferson Barracks Historic Park for ten years. Besides City Hall, the Goehring’s drove past the Anheuser Estate, their own family home, and then had lunch at one of their favorite restaurants, The Dough Depot. Special thanks to Mobility 4 U, The Dough Depot and Right at Home St. Louis for helping to grant this special wish.
Telford resident Donna Caldwell recently had her wish for dentures granted, thanks to nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation and Dr. Beth Snyder, both located in Doylestown. Caldwell, 69, has been a resident of Grundy Manor, a low-income housing facility for seniors for the past four years. According to her nominator, Mary Haesemeyer, her case manager, Caldwell is always helping other residents in the building and served on the Grundy Manor council for three years. In addition, Caldwell has worked for over 15 years as a caregiver for older adults. She has been without dentures for over two years, but couldn’t afford to get a new set because of her limited income. Now, thanks to the generosity of Dr. Beth Snyder and her team, Caldwell is smiling again! Pictured:Donna Caldwell, with staff members from left: Heather Kieper, Dr. Beth Snyder and Jessica Casso.
Barbara Arp, 75, a resident of Telford, PA, had her wish for dinner at her favorite restaurant with a friend granted, thanks to funding received from the Kistler-Tiffany Foundation. Arp, a retired home health aide, is a resident of Grundy Manor, a low-income senior housing facility. According to her case manager, Arp is selfless and always puts others first. In fact, for several years now, she has provided care to a developmentally disabled resident, cooking and cleaning for him and accompanying him to doctor appointments, expecting nothing in return. Because she lives on a fixed income, she could not afford this special dinner on her own and was so grateful that her wish was granted. Pictured: Michelle Bowren, Director of Wish Management, presents Arp with her wish certificate.
Virginia Kirby, a resident of Santa Cruz, CA recently had her poignant wish to visit her family's gravesites in Los Angeles granted by our Southern California chapter. Kirby has not been able to visit their graves in years because of the cost and distance. At the age of 87, this wish is very meaningful and important to her. Kirby has been very involved in her community throughout her life. Even now, she is an active member of three senior centers in Santa Cruz and works as a volunteer for both the Democratic Women's Club of Santa Cruz County and the Symphony League of Santa Cruz County.
Rowena Pattee Kryder, a visionary artist and author, had her Twilight Wish to see her work brought to a broader receptive audience through a gallery granted, thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation, a locally-based nonprofit, and the Friends of Rowena. Kryder, a resident of Reno, Nevada, is 79 years old and in failing health. She has been forced to live from her savings, which are dwindling rapidly. Her last wish is to have her collection of artwork framed and shown in a gallery. Her work has been called "sacred art" and illustrates her expansive world view. Through this exhibit at a private gallery in New Hope, her art will be brought to the world, giving her the recognition she deserves. Although Kryder is too ill to travel from Reno to New Hope, she was present for part of the exhibit via skype.
In Josephine Dresser's own words: "I adore animals!" Every year, Dresser, a resident of Toledo, OH makes a trip to the Toledo Zoo, which she very much enjoys. However, she has always wanted see the exhibits at the Columbus Zoo, but never had the opportunity. Finally, at the age of 88, her wish came true. Dresser is a World War II veteran who served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service of the British Army, an organization similar to the U.S. Women’s Army Corps. She emigrated to the U.S. in 1953 and has dual British and U.S. citizenship. Dresser and her late husband raised a family together and she worked for years as a legal secretary. For the past 12 years, Dresser has volunteered at Little Sisters of the Poor. Twilight Wish arranged for Dresser to make the trip to the Columbus Zoo on Saturday, September 20, 2014 during Jack Hanna’s Fall Fest. To make her wish even more special, Dresser had a front row seat for Hanna’s 1 p.m. show and met him privately before the show. Special thanks to Jim White Toyota for donating the transportation for Dresser and to the Columbus Zoo for donating the cost of admission and arranging for her to meet Hanna.
Harry Snyder served in the U.S. Army during World War II, participating in the invasion of Normandy, Operation Cobra, the Battle of the Bulge and the Allied occupation of Berlin. He was a member of the 67th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Divison. His wish to travel back to the shores of Omaha Beach in France where he fought during the invasion of Normandy, 70 years ago was granted, thanks in part to funding received from the Volpe & Koenig, P.C. IPromise Charitable Giving Fund. Snyder's journey back will be part of a documentary titled "Normandy: A World Apart."
Mary Ann Reid, a 71-year-old resident of John Fraser Hall in Turtle Creek, had her wish for a lift chair granted August 1st. Reid recently returned to her apartment after spending several months in the hospital and rehabilitation. She lives alone and has medical issues that limit her mobility, making it difficult for her to remain independent. Reid's service coordinator, Melissa Allenbaugh, submitted the wish on her behalf, requesting an electric lift chair that will make it easier for her to get up and out of her chair more frequently. Special thanks to Christine McGuire, lead on this wish, pictured presenting Reid with her wish certificate. Also a big thank you to the Wexford Office of Home Helpers and Cedars Senior Living and Home Health Services for helping to grant this wish.
At the age of 86, Clara Parrish has lived a long, full life, but, she did have one regret. Years ago, Parrish was supposed to go on a trip with her girlfriends, but her husband wouldn’t let her go. According to Parrish, he thought she was too cute and that other men would flirt with her. So, she did not go, but, she always wished to have a night out with her friends before it’s too late. Her wish came true on Friday, July 11th when Parrish, her nominator, Mary Ann McFeely, and three of her friends enjoyed an oldies dinner cruise on the Gateway Clipper. Pictured, Clara with Allegheny County chapter volunteer Shelly Bastin.
Jim Miller, a 79-year-old veteran, had his wish to hear again granted, thanks to the Allegheny County chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation and Zounds Hearing. Miller, a resident of Portvue, Pennsylvania, lost his hearing at a young age because of an illness. Although he does use an amplifier, Miller still struggled to hear and could not carry on conversations with others, keeping him isolated from friends, family and others around him. As so many other seniors, Miller lives on a fixed income and cannot afford hearing aids on his own. Thanks to the generosity of Justin Braver, owner of Zounds Hearing Centers in Monroeville and South Hills, Miller received hearing aids. Miller was presented with a wish certificate at Zounds Hearing in Monroeville on Thursday, July 10, 2014.
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of our Southern CA Chapter, Virginia's wish has been granted!
Virginia is an active member of three senior centers. She enjoys teaching canasta to the other seniors there. She also volunteers her time at The Symphony League and her church. Her greatest wish is to visit the graves of her family and leave roses for them. They are buried in the Los Angeles area. We need to raise $1,000 to cover the cost of the trip for her and her and her daughter who will accompany her.
Gloria Dei Senior Communities and Twilight Wish Foundation worked together to fulfill a wish for the elderly residents of Delaware Valley Veterans Home in Philadelphia. As part of Gloria Dei’s CARE Community Outreach Program, residents in their Bucks and Montgomery county facilities raised funds over the past few months to purchase a new television for the veterans’ newly renovated rec center at the VA home. Representatives from Gloria Dei and Twilight Wish visited the facility to present the new television to the veterans on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
Seven elderly residents of Neshaminy Manor, a nursing facility in Warrington, Pennsylvania, had their wish to go to a Phillies game granted, thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation and the Phillies. All seven residents are lifelong Phillies fans, but, because of their limited financial means, cannot afford to go to a game on their own. These seven residents attended the Phillies vs. San Diego game on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Twilight Wish staff accompanied the residents and all enjoyed a wonderful day at the ballpark. The seniors had great seats and were treated to a ballpark lunch of hot dogs, Philly cheesesteaks, and burgers.
Ollie Clanton, 68, an Army veteran and resident of Gadsen, Alabama, who served during the Vietnam War, recently had his wish to reunite with his older sister who is ailing granted , thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation and Volpe and Koenig, P.C. Clanton, along with his niece, Teresa Clanton, traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in early June to see his sister Elaine Carnevale, 77. Although Clanton and his sister are close and talk on the phone frequently, they hadn’t seen each other in more than 15 years. With Carnevale in declining health and housebound, Clanton wanted to make the trip to see her before it is too late. While in Philadelphia, Clanton and his niece, Teresa Clanton, attended the annual West Point Society of Philadelphia Founders Day Banquet on Saturday, June 7th. Twilight Wish founder Cass Forkin presented Clanton with a wish certificate honoring him for his service during the banquet. This wish was funded through Volpe & Koenig’s 2013 IPromiseTM Charitable Giving Fund (IPromise). Twilight Wish was chosen as one of the two recipients of this annual grant in 2013. Pictured, Ollie with Twilight Wish founder, Cass Forkin.
Dorothy Cooper, 78, recently had her wish for hearing aids granted, thanks to our New Castle, PA/Youngstown, OH chapter and Centers for Hearing Care. Dorothy is a widow of five years; after her husband passed away, she had to give up their family home and now rents. She couldn't afford hearing aids on her own because of her limited income. Her hearing loss made her withdraw from others; she was afraid to be around others and not be able to hear what they were saying. She had trouble talking on the phone and could no longer hear the minister in church. Thanks to her new hearing aids, Dorothy will no longer "feel alone in a room with other people." Pictured: Dorothy with New Castle chapter director Tom Ford and Dr. Sheryl Figliano of the Centers for Hearing Care.
Louise Cassidy, 81, a resident of Summit Ridge Center in West Orange, New Jersey, had her wish to work with a Girl Scout troop on a badge granted on Friday, April 25, 2014. Cassidy taught elementary school at St. Rose Catholic School in Newark for over 23 years. She also volunteered for eight years as a den mother for St. Rose’s Cub Scout troop. Having spent a lifetime around children, Cassidy now misses the time participating in their emotional growth and development and would like to again be involved with children. Twilight Wish arranged for Cassidy to help the members of Pleasantdale Junior Girl Scout Troop #20274 work on their “Playing the Past” badge. Each troop member researched a period in time and shared it with the group with a poster and historically-correct paper doll. During the third and final troop meeting at Summit Ridge Center, troop members, their parents and Cassidy shared refreshments and learned about each Girl Scout’s period in time.
Thanks to a very generous donation, Phylli' wish was granted!
Phyllis is a member of the Senior Music Program which performs at her Senior Center in Reno. She also holds bingo every Sunday afternoon at her low income senior apartment complex where she lives. Phyllis and her husband would love to attend her 50th High School Reunion in Red Bank, NJ this fall. Unfortunately, due to their limited income, they cannot afford to go. Her wish is to once again connect with her former classmates, perhaps for the last time.
National Honor Society students from Avon Grove High School in West Grove, PA raised $1,000 over the past few months to grant the wishes of 20 elderly residents of Luther House in West Grove, Pennsylvania. Luther House is a low-income apartment complex for senior citizens. Sadly, the seniors’ greatest need is for food so the money raised by the students was used to purchase Giant gift cards for them. The participating students visited the apartment complex and distributed the gift cards to the grateful residents on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. This intergenerational wish-granting was arranged through Twilight Wish Foundation.
Elizabeth Znidarzich, 75, a resident of John Fraser Hall, a public housing complex in Turtle Creek, PA, recently had her wish to reunite with her sister granted by the Allegheny County chapter of Twilight Wish. Znidarzich volunteered for 12 years as a senior companion through the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging. Her wish was to visit her older sister who lives in a nursing facility in Texas; they have not seen each other since their mother passed away in 1979. She and her sister are no longer able to communicate by phone or letters now because of her sister's medical condition. Her wish was granted in late April.