Rafters’ 44 hours on Lake Winnipesaukee pay off for Make-A-Wish kids
By DAN SEUFERT
Union Leader Correspondent | August 04. 2013 6:34PM
Make-A-Wish child Salina, right, and her friend Morgan just before her wish was granted Friday, which was to meet the members of the band Rascal Flatts. COURTESY
But Tremblay, director of philanthropy for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire, said seeing the happiness in the smile of Salina, a 15-year-old from Georgia with a life-threatening illness, was worth it. Tremblay was joined by Jason Perry, director of sales and marketing for Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena, on one 45-person raft from 6 p.m. Wednesday until Friday at 2 p.m., when they came ashore.
Eight other rafts with 15-member teams surrounded Tremblay and Perry. Each team member was asked to raise $300 toward the event’s $44,000 goal, or $1,000 for each of the state’s “Wish Kids.” The goal was reached, Tremblay said.
“People were even driving up in boats to make donations,” he said. “It was amazing to see the whole New Hampshire community come together like that.”
“Very often, these wishes are life-changing experiences; it gives them a pivot point from which they can look beyond their illness,” Tremblay said.