We are pleased to unveil our 2014 El Tour de Tucson Team Twilight Wish Cycling Jersey. If you register as a rider on Team Twilight, we will pay your registration fee and give you this jersey! The Pin Up art was graciously donated by Greg Hildebrandt who has an amazing body of work, including his most well known piece for the original Star Wars movie poster. A big thank you goes out to Mr. Hildebrandt, Jean Scrocco and his staff, as well as Susie Conner and the folks at Pactimo. Special thank you to Felipe Garcia for the concept and design of our Team Twilight Wish jersey. To register or to pre-order this jersey, please call Lisa at (520) 419-9303.
Please join us and ride in the 32nd El Tour de Tucson on November 22nd, presented by Casino Del Sol Resort and sponsored by Special Olympics. Our Tucson, Arizona chapter is excited to have the opportunity to raise funds on behalf of Southern Arizona Honor Flight by cycling in this fun and amazing event. The Tucson chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation has been granting wishes to low-income veterans and seniors since 2006. In supporting Honor Flight through Twilight Wish, you can give a proud Arizona WWII veteran the chance to feel the impact of all their services, as well as our nation's gratitude by sending him or her on a very special flight to Washington D.C. to see the WWII memorial. Event distances for El Tour are 1/4, 5 and 12 mile fun rides or 40, 55, 75 and 104 mile rides for the more advanced cyclist. Register with us today and as an official Twilight Wish cyclist, we will pay your registration fees totaling $145 and provide you with a Twilight Wish cycling jersey. We only ask that you raise at least $250 (per rider) to help support this great cause. Help us share in the responsibility of keeping our deserving veterans from being forgotten. Join Twilight Wish today in our effort to "Ride to Unify" in El Tour de Tucson 2014. Follow the Twilight Wish team on their journey to event day on both Twitter and Instagram at @Ride2Unify. For more information, please contact Lisa at TwilightRide2Unify@aol.com or 520-574-9303. For registration form, click here.
William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, a South Philly native and World War II vet who was portrayed on the television miniseries, “Band of Brothers,” died on Saturday at the age of 90. Twilight Wish founder Cass Forkin had the pleasure of meeting this national hero in 2011.
Twilight Wish is pleased to announce that John Uetz recently joined their board of directors. Uetz, a resident of Brookhaven, Pa., is a recent graduate of Villanova University School of Law and is currently an Associate Attorney with the law office of Haviland Hughes in Philadelphia.
During his time at Villanova, Uetz participated in various pro bono and public interest law programs including the Homeless Advocacy Project, an organization that provides a variety of legal services to Philadelphia’s homeless population free of charge. Uetz also participated in Villanova’s Civil Justice Clinic, which serves indigent members of the community by providing pro bono representation in civil matters including landlord-tenant disputes and civil forfeiture cases.
“When I first heard about Twilight Wish Foundation, I knew it would be a great fit for me because I had seen firsthand the impact that granting a wish can have on a senior’s life,” said Uetz. “My grandmother is an amazing cook, but she had only ever cooked at home. Her wish was to be a sous chef in a local restaurant for a day. When her retirement home granted her wish, she talked about how much she enjoyed the experience for months. I saw how much joy it gave her to have that experience and I am very excited to have the opportunity to play a part in making a positive impact on my community by being involved with Twilight Wish.”
Volpe and Koenig, P.C. Announces Twilight Wish Is One of the Recipients of Its 2013 IPromise Charitable Giving Fund
PHILADELPHIA (November 12, 2013) – Volpe and Koenig, P.C., an intellectual property (IP) law firm with offices in Philadelphia, Pa. and Princeton, N.J., announced that Mighty Writers and the Twilight Wish Foundation will each receive grants through the firm’s 7th Annual IPromiseTM Charitable Giving Fund (“IPromise”). Established in 2007, IPromise helps two qualifying Greater Philadelphia and Princeton, N.J. area non-profit organizations continue their good work by awarding them each a $20,000 grant. This year, local ‘education’ and ‘veteran services’ organizations were eligible to apply. Of over 100 organizations that applied, six were selected as finalists whose representatives presented on the particular projects / missions that would benefit from the grant. Volpe and Koenig’s IPromise Charitable Giving Fund has presented more than $220,000 to date to local non-profit organizations, including those that support: community development; arts and culture; education; animal welfare; health and human services; and veteran causes.
Mighty Writers, located in Philadelphia, Pa., was founded in 2010 with the mission to teach Philadelphia kids (ages seven to 17) to think and write with clarity so they can achieve success at school, at work and in life. The organization offers a daily afterschool academy, plus long- and short-term writing classes at night and on the weekends. The IPromise grant will help Mighty Writers to support their Mighty Teen Scholars program, mentorships, intensive SAT prep courses and college essay writing classes, which are all free to Philadelphia students. Said Mighty Writer Executive Director Tim Whitaker, “We are extremely grateful to Volpe and Koenig for their generous gift. We focus on college in our Teen Scholars program, and this grant will go toward helping our kids get ready for their higher education.”
The Twilight Wish Foundation (TWF), located in Doylestown, PA, honors and acknowledges seniors for all they have given to others by bringing comfort and joy into their lives through individual wish granting celebrations. The organization grants wishes to deserving elderly, age 68 and older, who earn less than 200% of poverty level annually, or who live in a nursing facility – many of these wish recipients are honored veterans. The IPromise grant will provide the funds to fulfill wishes of several qualifying veterans, including such requests as: the opportunity to visit a sibling that a veteran discovered he had, getting much-needed dentures, and a ride in a fighter jet that the veteran used to work on in the Korean War. Said Cass Forkin, founder and chairman of the board of TWF, “We are pleased and honored to have been selected for Volpe and Koenig’s IPromise grant for this year. The grant will allow us to bring smiles and joy to local elderly veterans during their twilight years as we honor them by granting their poignant wishes. We want our senior veterans to know that they are remembered and thanked for their services and sacrifices for our freedoms.”
Based in Philadelphia, Pa. and Princeton, N.J., Volpe and Koenig, P.C. provides worldwide client counseling on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, technology transfers, due diligence, licensing and enforcement. For additional information, please visit www.vklaw.com.