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2018-03-14 / Local News

Make-A-Wish dodgeball tournament set for March 28

by ANNA DEROSA Editor


The Mullen Elementary School dodgeball team gathers for a group shot during the Make-A-Wish dodgeball tournament and basket raffle in 2013. The Mullen Elementary School dodgeball team gathers for a group shot during the Make-A-Wish dodgeball tournament and basket raffle in 2013. A child at Mullen Elementary brought Tooth Fairy money to school for a particular reason: to help grant the wish of another.

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Sue Davison’s kindergartners have gotten to know a “Wish Kid” named Gene throughout the school year. The 6-year-old from Niagara Falls is battling chronic kidney disease, which is a life-threatening illness.

According to Make-A-Wish, Gene loves Minions and his greatest wish is to take a family vacation to Disney World. He also enjoys football, soccer and playing board games with his family.

To help make his wish a reality, the school has been sponsoring Spirit Days — where students pay $1 to dress up for “Star Wars,” Hawaiian or other themes. The district has also been planning its annual dodgeball tournament and basket raffle.

The tournament is scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the Tonawanda High School gym, 600 Fletcher St., Tonawanda.

Teachers from Fletcher, Riverview, Mullen, Tonawanda

Middle and Tonawanda High School will come together to battle at 6 p.m.

The basket raffle tickets will be sold from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m., with the basket raffle beginning at 7:20 p.m.

Admission costs $1 per person, with a family cap of $5. The basket raffle is $5 for a sheet of tickets, and there will be a 50/50 raffle. Pizza and other concessions will be available during the event as well as a bake sale.

All money raised will go directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and will help to fund Gene’s wish. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions through fundraising campaigns and educational outreach.

For the past six years, the tournament and basket raffle has been a district event, and the committee works hard at each school.

“We need to teach these kids to have heart,” Davison said adding that the goal is to teach students about service but also teach them about empathy and caring for others.

Davison, who founded the event, would like to thank the community for its support.

“It says a lot about the heart of our city.”

The district is accepting monetary donations as well as donations gift cards for the basket raffle. For more information, call 694-6805, ext. 1723.

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