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Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation Sponsors Make- A-Wish Fundraiser

Ramiro Vargas, of East Fishkill, who benefited from the Make-A-Wish foundation, will be the  featured speaker at the fundraiser.
Ramiro Vargas, of East Fishkill, who benefited from the Make-A-Wish foundation, will be the featured speaker at the fundraiser. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation, a division of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors (HGAR), is hosting a “Red Carpet Spectacular” Cocktail Party on Thursday, May 5, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Clubhouse at Patriot Hills in Stony Point.

The event will benefit Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley, a non-profit group that grants the wishes of Hudson Valley children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

“Wish” recipient Ramiro Vargas, 15, of East Fishkill, will be the featured speaker at the event. Now a sophomore in high school, Ramiro was diagnosed at 13 with a rare blood cancer and required a bone marrow transplant. His sister Elena, now 13, donated her bone marrow to save his life.

“Our whole lives were changed,” said their mother, Jennifer Vargas. “Everything was happening so quickly and during this time, a social worker at the hospital reached out to Make-A-Wish.”

Vargas said Ramiro always wanted to surf, from the time he was a little child watching surfers at his grandparents’ home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. “He loved boogie-boarding and talked constantly about visiting Surfer’s Paradise in Australia. He always said that place had the best waves in the world,” she said.

“This could have never happened without Make-A-Wish and their donors,” said Vargas.

This year’s special event will feature a real red carpet entryway, keepsake photos of attendees in front of a special “Make-A-Wish” backdrop, exciting raffle items, door prizes, and more.

“Our Association has been involved with this wonderful organization for many years and we are delighted to be able to help make a difference in the lives of children like Ramiro who are living in our area,” said Richard Haggerty, HGAR chief executive officer. "This is just one of the many ways that we like to give back to our local communities.”

Tickets are $75 per person and include a two-hour open bar, appetizers, passed hors d’oeuvres, buffet dining, coffee and dessert, plus a DJ and dancing. For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets, visit this link.

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