2023 Polar Bear Splash - Long Beach, NY

TEAM CONNOR 2023
TEAM CONNOR 2023

TEAM CONNOR 2023

Why We're Fundraising for Make-A-Wish

Team Connor was formed in memory of Connor Troy, who was fortunate enough to receive a life-changing wish in 2012 because of the efforts of the Long Beach Polar Bear Club and their supporters. Unfortunately, Connor passed away shorty after receiving his wish, but his family fundraises and takes the plunge in his memory in the hopes of making wishes come true for other sick/terminal children and their families.


WHY WE DO THIS - Connor loved every minute of his Make A Wish Trip and we did too. He was more alert and healthier than he had been in years. He was happier than we had seen him in a long time. It was like someone gave him some magic medicine that took away his pain and gave him super energy. But not only was it a great trip for Connor, Make a Wish took care of every detail and made things so easy for us as parents. We were used to everyday obstacles but Make A Wish made sure that there were none for a very special week. We didn’t know it at the time, but it would be the last trip that Connor would make ever. Connor lost his battle with his disease just 4 months after his Wish trip! We look through the wonderful wish trip pictures and are reminded of how amazing the trip was and we are so lucky to have those memories. 

In 2014 the Long Beach Polar Bears dedicated the sweatshirts in memory of Connor - there were yellow ones and black ones with yellow writing.  If you knew Connor, you knew yellow was his favorite color.  If you have a yellow one, you are lucky enough as there was only a limited amount. When we see someone with one on (especially a stranger) it makes a smile, and we know Connor is saying hello.

That year we raised about $8,000 by asking our friends and family to support our efforts.  We were amazed and overwhelmed. The next year we raised $10,000!!!!  Truly amazing.  Since then, we strive to raise that $10,000 which is just about the cost of one wish. In 2020 we hit $15,000!!!! And did it again in 2022!!!  I am not sure, but I think we have raised over $100,000 in total.

We hope you will join Team Connor this year and take the plunge, make a donation to Make-A-Wish or buy a sweatshirt (or just wear yellow and think of Connor). 

Your donation makes a very huge difference in the lives of so many.  It did for our family here in Long Beach and we are ever so grateful.



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GOAL REACHED!

Raised:

$10,580.30

Goal:

$10,000.00

Team Donors:

TOP TEAMS
Aunt Dot
$2,100
Skudin Surf
$787
Long Beach Catholic Regional School
$735
Anonymous
$262
CSEA
$262
Troy Family
$210
Karen McInnis & Terry Blackburn
$210
Mike and Kim
$105
Maureen Condon
$105
Musella Family
$105
Sardis Family
$105
McCarthy Family
$105
Gina and Patrick McLoughlin
$105
Mrs. Kristin McKenna
Mrs. Janice McCreay
$105
Dan & Robin Ryan
$105
Kuna Family
$105
Tina Wagner
$105
Mr. Michael Rainone
$105
Fleming family
$105
Tom & Marianna Rhatigan
$105
Ginny and Joe Rhatigan
$105
Jim and Jo Ann Joyce
$105
The Bolz Family
$105
Denise Tolan
$105
Finnerty Family
$105
Joan & Damian Sciano
$100
Terri Bohm and family
$100
Ms. Patricia Farrell
$100
John Zimmerman
$100
Anonymous
$100
Mrs. Eileen Costello
$100
Annemarie & Tom Carey
$100
Ted & Diana Candella
$100
Tara & Billy Gaydar
$100
Ms. Carole Ann Razza
$100
Chuck,Kathleen & Patrick Geiger
$100
Maura & Paul Turner
$100
Theresa Reed
$100
Mr. Robbie Michaelis
$100
In Memory of Sharon
$88
Anonymous
$75
LBCRS-Teach Family
$55
The Toritto Family
Kemins Family
$52
Erin and Chris Zelles
$52
Michael Musella
$52
Afraz kamrudin
$52
Merry & Jack
$52
Siobhan Clarke LBCRS
$52
Diane Sedat
$52
Mrs. Chris Bergoffen
$52
Melissa Schneiderman
$52
Ms. Pauline Glennkn
$52
Mrs. Tara Dowd
$52
Motisi family
$52
Peggy & Dave Fraser
$52
Ariel and Casey
$52
LBCRS Kathy Carey
$52
Sankar Family - LBCRS
$52
Miss Jen Murphy
$52
The Hoeffner Family
$52
Duffys
Ms. CHUMI R DIAMOND
$52
Mrs. GAIL and Michael Richter
$52
Lina Carrello
$50
Ryan Troy
$50
The Dancas
$50
Mr. Matthew Duran
$50
LBCRS Family
$50
Brett Wilkes
$50
Deirdre and John Phelan
$50
Miss Liz and Macgyver
$50
Torreblanca Family
$50
Ms. Christine Kelly
Bridget Bohan Cody
$50
Debbie Donnelly
$50
Mrs. Margaret Apple
$50
Mrs. Jennifer Levitan
$41
Ms. Susan Feld
$36
Denise J
$27
Ms. Susan O'Neill
LBCRS family
$26
Jeanne Allen
$26
Anonymous
$26
Mary Claire
$26
Anonymous
$26
Tracy McGowan
$26
Katie
$26
Maureen Walsh
Connie Breindel
$26
Debbie Mantia
$25
Janie Donovan
Mrs. Collyn Possidel
Mrs. Jennifer Buonocore
$25
Santiago J Ramirez
$25
Neil S
Johnson Family LBCRS
$21
Anonymous
The Ortegas
$20

Team Roster

GOAL REACHED!

Raised:

$10,580.30

Goal:

$10,000.00

*Gifts made through this fundraising campaign are a gift to the entire Make-A-Wish mission. The needs shown are symbolic of the common wish elements associated with each wish and are only representative of our many wish-granting activities. Gifts made will not actually be used to purchase the item or grant the wish described. All gifts will be pooled to meet the needs of Make-A-Wish.

Team Roster

Team Donors:

TOP TEAMS
Aunt Dot
$2,100
Skudin Surf
$787
Long Beach Catholic Regional School
$735
Anonymous
$262
CSEA
$262
Troy Family
$210
Karen McInnis & Terry Blackburn
$210
Mike and Kim
$105
Maureen Condon
$105
Musella Family
$105
Sardis Family
$105
McCarthy Family
$105
Gina and Patrick McLoughlin
$105
Mrs. Kristin McKenna
Mrs. Janice McCreay
$105
Dan & Robin Ryan
$105
Kuna Family
$105
Tina Wagner
$105
Mr. Michael Rainone
$105
Fleming family
$105
Tom & Marianna Rhatigan
$105
Ginny and Joe Rhatigan
$105
Jim and Jo Ann Joyce
$105
The Bolz Family
$105
Denise Tolan
$105
Finnerty Family
$105
Joan & Damian Sciano
$100
Terri Bohm and family
$100
Ms. Patricia Farrell
$100
John Zimmerman
$100
Anonymous
$100
Mrs. Eileen Costello
$100
Annemarie & Tom Carey
$100
Ted & Diana Candella
$100
Tara & Billy Gaydar
$100
Ms. Carole Ann Razza
$100
Chuck,Kathleen & Patrick Geiger
$100
Maura & Paul Turner
$100
Theresa Reed
$100
Mr. Robbie Michaelis
$100
In Memory of Sharon
$88
Anonymous
$75
LBCRS-Teach Family
$55
The Toritto Family
Kemins Family
$52
Erin and Chris Zelles
$52
Michael Musella
$52
Afraz kamrudin
$52
Merry & Jack
$52
Siobhan Clarke LBCRS
$52
Diane Sedat
$52
Mrs. Chris Bergoffen
$52
Melissa Schneiderman
$52
Ms. Pauline Glennkn
$52
Mrs. Tara Dowd
$52
Motisi family
$52
Peggy & Dave Fraser
$52
Ariel and Casey
$52
LBCRS Kathy Carey
$52
Sankar Family - LBCRS
$52
Miss Jen Murphy
$52
The Hoeffner Family
$52
Duffys
Ms. CHUMI R DIAMOND
$52
Mrs. GAIL and Michael Richter
$52
Lina Carrello
$50
Ryan Troy
$50
The Dancas
$50
Mr. Matthew Duran
$50
LBCRS Family
$50
Brett Wilkes
$50
Deirdre and John Phelan
$50
Miss Liz and Macgyver
$50
Torreblanca Family
$50
Ms. Christine Kelly
Bridget Bohan Cody
$50
Debbie Donnelly
$50
Mrs. Margaret Apple
$50
Mrs. Jennifer Levitan
$41
Ms. Susan Feld
$36
Denise J
$27
Ms. Susan O'Neill
LBCRS family
$26
Jeanne Allen
$26
Anonymous
$26
Mary Claire
$26
Anonymous
$26
Tracy McGowan
$26
Katie
$26
Maureen Walsh
Connie Breindel
$26
Debbie Mantia
$25
Janie Donovan
Mrs. Collyn Possidel
Mrs. Jennifer Buonocore
$25
Santiago J Ramirez
$25
Neil S
Johnson Family LBCRS
$21
Anonymous
The Ortegas
$20

2023 Polar Bear Splash - Long Beach, NY

TEAM CONNOR 2023
TEAM CONNOR 2023

TEAM CONNOR 2023

Why We're Fundraising for Make-A-Wish

Team Connor was formed in memory of Connor Troy, who was fortunate enough to receive a life-changing wish in 2012 because of the efforts of the Long Beach Polar Bear Club and their supporters. Unfortunately, Connor passed away shorty after receiving his wish, but his family fundraises and takes the plunge in his memory in the hopes of making wishes come true for other sick/terminal children and their families.


WHY WE DO THIS - Connor loved every minute of his Make A Wish Trip and we did too. He was more alert and healthier than he had been in years. He was happier than we had seen him in a long time. It was like someone gave him some magic medicine that took away his pain and gave him super energy. But not only was it a great trip for Connor, Make a Wish took care of every detail and made things so easy for us as parents. We were used to everyday obstacles but Make A Wish made sure that there were none for a very special week. We didn’t know it at the time, but it would be the last trip that Connor would make ever. Connor lost his battle with his disease just 4 months after his Wish trip! We look through the wonderful wish trip pictures and are reminded of how amazing the trip was and we are so lucky to have those memories. 

In 2014 the Long Beach Polar Bears dedicated the sweatshirts in memory of Connor - there were yellow ones and black ones with yellow writing.  If you knew Connor, you knew yellow was his favorite color.  If you have a yellow one, you are lucky enough as there was only a limited amount. When we see someone with one on (especially a stranger) it makes a smile, and we know Connor is saying hello.

That year we raised about $8,000 by asking our friends and family to support our efforts.  We were amazed and overwhelmed. The next year we raised $10,000!!!!  Truly amazing.  Since then, we strive to raise that $10,000 which is just about the cost of one wish. In 2020 we hit $15,000!!!! And did it again in 2022!!!  I am not sure, but I think we have raised over $100,000 in total.

We hope you will join Team Connor this year and take the plunge, make a donation to Make-A-Wish or buy a sweatshirt (or just wear yellow and think of Connor). 

Your donation makes a very huge difference in the lives of so many.  It did for our family here in Long Beach and we are ever so grateful.



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