Guests were treated to cake by Wendy Kromer Confections, with the help of Katie Secord, a 10-year-old who loves to bake. It was for the Big Wish Gala presented by Toledo Refining Co. to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, on Feb. 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Perrysburg.
Wish child Katie, who has Burkitt's leukemia, was granted her wish in December, 2013, to meet Buddy Valastro of Cake Boss in New York.
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That was just a few of the heart-warming stories that night. The wish of Michael Hudson was celebrated with a happy memory, one that is what Make- a-Wish is all about. His wish — to meet Randy White and the Dallas Cowboys — was granted. His brother, Dean Vollmar, shared the experience that is still fresh in his mind, after 30 years, that his late brother had of walking on the practice field to meet the Cowboys.
The event was attended by 400 guests and reaped an estimated net profit of $160,000. The night included a social hour, gourmet dinner, and silent and live auctions.
All smiles was Marcy McMahon, founder of the local chapter that has grown over the 30 years since it was started.
Among the 20-some other sponsors were RMF Nooter, WNWO-TV, ProMedica, and Taylor Automotive.