Fundraiser to help grant wishes to senior citizens

April 3, 2018

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

We’ve done quite a few stories about seniors who’ve had amazing wishes granted.

Senior Wishes, an organization dedicated to honoring WNY’s lower income seniors by bringing their wishes to fruition, is hosting its fifth annual Sips, Suds & Sweets fundraiser from 6-9pm on Thursday, April 19 at Fox Run at Orchard Park.

Presented by M&T Bank, with additional support by dozens of other caring community organizations, this year’s event will include samples of beer, wine, spirits, desserts and appetizers provided by local businesses.  Music will be performed by Michael Ross Nugent.



Tickets for Sips, Suds & Sweets are $50 pre-sale, and can be purchased at  Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $60.

Attendees can participate in a silent auction, basket and wagon of cheer raffles, and a wine pull.  A complimentary candy buffet is offered to guests, along with a photo booth and chocolate fountain.  Free valet parking is available.


Wendy Backman, Executive Director, says this event is crucial to the organization’s mission: “Sips, Suds and Sweets is our main fundraiser for the year. Funds raised from event guests, auction supporters and sponsors will help us continue to fulfill wishes and further our mission. When you attend Sips, Suds and Sweets, you’re helping people who have dedicated their lives to their families and communities, but now find themselves isolated, physically challenged or financially strapped.

“The idea behind Senior Wishes is that just because someone is aging it doesn’t mean there are not still things they want to do, places they want to go, or people they wish to see. We help make that happen.”


For more information, contact Wendy Miller Backman at 508-2121 or visit


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