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Make-A-Wish kicks off campaign Monday

December 10, 2011

(From left) Volunteers Debbie Himes, Cheryl Ploucha and Brittany Reiter accept last-minute contributions during the last day of the 2010 “Light Up a Child’s Life” campaign. The 2011 effort begins at 7 a.m. Monday at Ragley’s True Value Hardware. (File photo by Holly Shok/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — At some point in 2011, a child saved his or her birthday money.

A group of teachers pitched in a couple of bucks to wear jeans to school on a Friday.

Spare change from the grocery store wound up in a special savings place, where it would eventually find its way to a greater good.

A high school senior dedicated his or her senior project to the cause.
And this coming week is when those who saved money, pitched in a few bucks, stashed some change and performed fund-raisers realize that it was all worth it to light up a child’s life.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday at Ragley’s True Value Hardware, the Punxsutawney regional office of the Make-A-Wish Foundation will again kick off its annual “Light Up a Child’s Life” campaign.
Once again, throughout

the week, WPXZ-FM will broadcast live from various locations on the campaign, as well as from Make-A-Wish’s afternoon headquarters in the lobby at the Pantall Hotel.

The schedule thus far:
• 7 a.m. Monday, Ragley’s; 1 to 4 p.m., Pantall.

• 7 a.m. Tuesday, Fox’s Pizza Den; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pantall; 5 to 7 p.m., Fox’s Pizza Den.

• 7 a.m. Wednesday, Caterina’s Dolce Cucina; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pantall Hotel; 3 to 4 p.m., Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

• 7 a.m. Thursday, Punxsutawney Area Middle School, then Punxsutawney Area High School.

• 6 to 9 a.m. Friday, Fezell’s County Market; 11 a.m. until whenever at the Pantall.

This year, the annual auction begins at 3 p.m. Friday, and those who want to check out auction items may do so by viewing them in the Pantall lobby throughout the week.

The campaign will end for this year with the conclusion of the auction Friday night.

Last year, as usual, the “Light Up a Child’s Life” campaign broke all its previous records, collecting $73,285 to provide wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

The average cost for a wish is about $3,400, according to Wish Assistant Polly Mills.

This year, the Punxsy office provided 60 wishes to children in the area.
“We have 11 counties, so we have a lot of wishes,” Mills said Friday afternoon, as Make-A-Wish was preparing to wrap-up its fund-raising efforts in DuBois for the week.

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