spotlight / Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place
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the space, a child answers the question: “If you had one wish, what would
“I have yet to see anyone exit that room without smiles and tears of joy
running down their faces,” said Weatherall.
Also upstairs is a Teen Lounge, designed for the teen wish kids in order to
make their wish experience just as magical, in an age-appropriate way. The
teen lounge has a cool vibe with bean bag chairs, couches and throw pillows.
A flat screen television and high-tech sound system cater to teenage tastes.
The message wall has an image of a large birch tree and leaf decals with
messages from the wish teens.
WISHING PLACE SENDS RIPPLES THROUGH
“Some of the notes have been thank yous to the donors who allowed their
wish to come true, some say, ‘I love my cardiologist,’ and others say, ‘Thank
you for saving my life. My wish was just as important as the medicine I re-
ceived,” said Weatherall. “It is a powerful and emotional room.”
Since opening in December 2011, the Wishing Place has helped raise the
Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey’s profile within the community.
Donations and volunteer registration have increased, which ultimately al-
lows the foundation to grant more wishes and improve the overall Make-A-
The generous donations allowed the foundation to expand the magic be-
yond the castle walls. The building is surrounded by gorgeous forestry and
landscaping, and there is an expansive courtyard that can be used for pic-
nics, outdoor concerts, receptions and other special celebrations. There is
also a Pond of Hope and a fountain
that help further create a serene and
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