Number of Participants: 14
Hours Donated: 10
Value of Time Served: $1,183
Event Amount Raised: $6,000
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: January 2, 2019
Connetquot High School
7th Street, Bohemia
The Connetquot High School community recently gathered in the school’s large group instruction room to show their full support for 11th-grade student Diana Santillan-Gress, who had her wish fulfilled by the Make-A-Wish Foundation during a recent “Sendoff Party.”
Prior to the big reveal that Diana’s wish had been granted, student-members of Connetquot High School’s Concert Choir were on hand to display their dazzling musical talents and show Diana that she always has a friend in music.
Thanks to the overwhelming support of the high school community’s fundraising efforts, a check valued at more than $6,000 was presented to Make-A-Wish Community Relations Coordinator Alexis Alpert. Connetquot High School graduate Marina Duszak, along with her mother Patty Duszak, brother Joe Duszak and the school’s Interact Club, were instrumental in raising funds for Make-A-Wish as they’ve held an ornament drive for the past few years in celebration of the holiday season.
Diana was joined by her family members, student-members of the Connetquot High School Interact Club, the Duszak Family, and fellow Connetquot High School students when she learned Make-A-Wish granted her wish and would meet WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair at the WWE Live Holiday Tour at Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 27, 2018. All in attendance were thrilled to see Diana’s wish fulfilled, and rounds of applause thundered throughout the room in support of her.
The district would like to thank Susan Schiappa and members of the Interact Club, the Duszak family, the staff members, administrators and students who attended the event, along with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for their efforts in making this dream a reality for Diana.