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Thursday
Mar132014

Rest in Peace "Band of Brothers" WWII Vet William Guarnere

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.

 

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Band-of-Brothers-WWII-Vet-Bill-Guarnere-Dies-at-90-249198891.html

Tuesday
Feb042014

Twilight Wish Welcomes John Uetz to Board of Directors

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.” 

 

Thursday
Nov212013

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.

 

 

Tuesday
Nov122013

Twilight Wish Foundation and Parentgiving Announce Winner of First Annual Caring for the Caregiver Contest

Doylestown, PA – Caregiving is the core of the U.S. long-term care system. In fact, the value of care provided by unpaid informal caregivers is estimated at $306 billion annually. Sadly, many of the over 39 million Americans who provide care to elderly family members themselves suffer from poor health. The strain of caring for frail or disabled relatives often results in emotional, physical and mental health problems for the caregiver.

To recognize and reward caregivers who often put their own needs last, national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation and Parentgiving created the “Caring for the Caregiver” award.  Twilight Wish and Parentgiving are excited to announce that Claudette Tuttle of Riverhead, New York has been chosen as the winner of the contest, coinciding with the celebration of National Caregivers Month in November.

Tuttle, 65, has been caring for her 92-year-old bedridden mother, Alice, since 2000.  She is responsible for all daily care of her mother, takes her to all her doctor appointments and keeps track of all her medications, continuing even after she herself suffered a terrible fall five years ago that left her with a broken sternum and debilitating pain in her hip and back.  It was only two years ago that Tuttle who worked for the Riverhead Central School District for 22 years, 13 of them as a full-time bus driver, retired, while continuing to provide care for her mother. In March 2013, a devastating fire destroyed her family home and all her possessions.  Tuttle’s beloved pets, two dogs, a puppy and several cats, also died in the tragic fire.  Luckily, Tuttle escaped injury as did her mother who was staying in a small cottage on the property.  Tuttle was nominated by her sister, Nancy Hansen of Stratham, New Hampshire for her dedication to caring for their mother, despite all her own hardships. Tuttle and a friend will get her wish of going to the Christmas Spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall, followed by dinner in Manhattan, while her sister takes care of their mother for the day.

Tuesday
Nov122013

Allegheny Chapter of Twilight Wish Receives Donation

The Allegheny County chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation, Western Pennsylvania, was the recipient of a generous donation from Highland Park Care Center. Marianne Pisano, the administrator of Highland Park, recently presented a check for $500 to Lisa Dalena of the Allegheny County chapter. Highland Park also donated Lexus Club Pirates tickets for a wish earlier this year.