Senior Wishes Hosts Garden Party for Williamsville Resident
Nanette Clark, a Park Creek Senior Living Community resident, recently enjoyed an afternoon party at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens hosted for her by Senior Wishes. Clark, an avid gardener and former garden club president, wished to share her love of horticulture with her youngest son, David, by hosting a small gathering of family and friends for an afternoon surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers.
Senior Wishes’ first wish was granted in March 2014, and since then the organization has been recognizing WNY’s seniors in increasing numbers with the support of community members and corporate sponsors. The non-profit’s mission is to foster respect and appreciation for seniors through wish fulfillment.
According to Wendy Miller Backman, Senior Wishes Executive Director, “Senior Wishes was created to recognize that our aging seniors still have things they want to do, places they want to go, or people they want to see. We transform those dreams into a reality.”
Other wishes granted have included travel to reunite family members, including a recent trip allowing a grandmother to visit her sick granddaughter; trips to sporting or cultural events; painting, photography and swim lessons; makeovers; and museum tours.
Wish recipients must meet the following requirements: Age 65+ and a resident of WNY; U.S. Citizen; Annual income $38,000 or less for a household of one or $44,000 or less for a household of two; cognitively, emotionally and physically capable of communicating and experiencing the wish; and unable to fulfill the wish on their own.