Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place / spotlight
The second floor is the heart
and soul of the Wishing Place.
Here there are special areas for
the wish children and their families, areas that are designated for
the wish-making and
wish-granting experience. With a Harry-Potter-meets-Lord-of-the-Rings motif, these
spaces were designed to
stimulate the imagination and reveal what is
possible. To protect the
integrity and wonder in
these rooms, the foundation does not provide
photos or videos of these spaces,
ensuring that wish children are seeing these areas for the first time.
In the Chris Greicius Inspiration
Room, named after the child who
inspired the Make-A-Wish organization, wish children can contemplate the opportunity that lies before them and consider their wish.
The room is decorated with images
that stimulate their imagination
without influencing their decision.
The children and their families also
journey through Inspiration Grove,
a pathway surrounded by life-sized
flowers and a canopy of trees. Here,
the children get a chance to see the
stirring stories of other children
who have had their wishes granted.
At the end of Inspiration Grove
is the Wishing Room, which sits
behind two large doors flanked by
greenery. The foundation believes
that the act of wishing should
be a uniquely magical moment.
Standing under a canopy of leaves
and trees with the sounds of an
enchanted forest flowing through
THE TWO-STORY, 20,000-SQUARE- FOOT CASTLE IMMEDIATELY TRANSPORTS WISH CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES INTO MAGICAL PLACES JUST FOR THEM.
faux medieval wall tapestries depicting dragons and unicorns. A
gorgeous, double-height atrium in
the Joseph Plumeri Welcome Hall
instantly fills the space with life
and light, while a large
floor maze encourages
children to wander and
play. The first floor is
designed as a whimsical, enchanted forest
with oversized trees,
flowers and greenery
and forest sounds soaring throughout the interior.
Stained glass windows depict fairytale princes and
princesses. One stained glass window shows a beautiful, strong
princess who has no hair. Another
window depicts a strapping young
prince in a wheelchair.
“Where else will they see such
images? The children who come to
us see themselves in these images
and smile,” said Weatherall.
ANATOMY OF A WISH:
ROOM BY ROOM
The first floor also has a multipurpose room and theater with a stage
used for events, training and functions. Recently, several children
whose wishes were granted performed a talent show on the Marino
Family Stage for their families, staff
members and volunteers. The Administrative Wing is located on the
opposite end of the building and
takes up less than a quarter of the
“This is not so much a headquarters as it is a magical, wish-granting
castle,” said Weatherall.