2024 Polar Bear Splash - Long Beach, NY

TEAM CONNOR 2023
TEAM CONNOR 2023

TEAM CONNOR 2024

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!!!  ILast year we raised a record $21,000 +  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:

$18,254.46

Goal:

$10,000.00

Team Donors:

TOP TEAMS
In memory of Connor, With love, Aunt Dot
$2,100
Anonymous
$787
Long Beach Catholic School
$624
Long Beach CSEA
$500
G2H Foundation in memory of Gerrin Hagen
The Leddys
Anonymous
$262
Lisa Varallo
$262
Margaret and Bob
Mr. John Mooney
$262
Ginny and Joe Rhatigan
$250
Ladies AOH
Chrissie & Walter Fowler
$210
Liz and Don Silz
LB Ladies Tuesday Bowling
Frank & Joyce Dikranis
Lion Club of Long Beach
Various Donations
Kelly Ann Troy
$180
Karen McInnis & Terry Blackburn
$157
Tara, Dawn and Chris Hagen
$157
Musella Family
$105
The Geiger Family
$105
Danielle Nitkewicz
$105
Anonymous
$105
Carole Ann & Joe Razza (w love)
$105
Mary Bold
$105
Miss Kathy Morrow
$105
Mrs. Teresa McCarthy
$105
Maureen Condon
$105
Tara, Billy & Liam Gaydar
$105
Mrs. Kristin McKenna
$105
Eileen Cos
$105
MAYERS FAMILY
$105
Jake J
$105
Chris Porr
$105
Najia Sultana
$105
Ericka Montalvan
$105
Donna Reilly
$105
Anita LaSpina
$105
Kelly Rhatigsn
$105
Jeff Rossbach
The Bolz Family
$105
Mrs. Stacy Adler Anselmo
$105
Anne & Billy Nolan
$105
The McDermott Family
$105
Maryellyn Feiler
$105
The Duffy's
$105
Jim ans Jo Ann Joyce
$105
Mrs. Janice McCreay
$105
Ann Coffey
Tom and Marianna Rhatigan
$105
Peter Ryan
$105
Dennis and Julie Haug
$105
Rose and Scott Nigro
$102
Jane Waterman
Danny Vargas & family
Kim and Amy Trani
$100
Traci Kilduff
$100
Liz O'Brien
$100
Daria and Nick D'Andrea
$100
Barbara McElwain
Ms. Patricia Farrell
$100
Fiona Zenie
$100
Dan and Robin Ryan
$100
Ms. Maura Turner
$100
Terri bohm and family
$100
Debbie & Tom Donnelly
Kelley Mahony & Family
Ms. Kimberly Schulze
$100
Mrs. Rosemary Alton
$100
Theresa Reed
Fundraising Boost
$100
John and Kacey
$100
Ms. Christine Kelly
$100
Joan & Damian Sciano
$100
Mr. Robbie Michaelis
$100
Ryan Troy
$100
Diane & Pat Hagen
Rodshi and Sareem
$84
Peach
$78
Mrs. Geri Licurse
Pinto family
$75
Melissa Schneiderman
$52
Hector & Theresa Duran
$52
Eric Paganini
$52
Diane Sedat
$52
Nancy Rhatigan
$52
Eileen Tarasco
$52
Stevie Lynn
Bridget Bohan Cody
$52
Henoch M.
$52
Ms. jane marie donovan
$52
The Cozine Family
$52
Matthew Duran
$52
Maureen Walsh
$52
Theresa Paganini
$52
Carolyn Shannon
$52
Brodericks
$52
Jane, Nick and Allison
$52

Team Roster

GOAL REACHED!

Raised:

$18,254.46

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
In memory of Connor, With love, Aunt Dot
$2,100
Anonymous
$787
Long Beach Catholic School
$624
Long Beach CSEA
$500
G2H Foundation in memory of Gerrin Hagen
The Leddys
Anonymous
$262
Lisa Varallo
$262
Margaret and Bob
Mr. John Mooney
$262
Ginny and Joe Rhatigan
$250
Ladies AOH
Chrissie & Walter Fowler
$210
Liz and Don Silz
LB Ladies Tuesday Bowling
Frank & Joyce Dikranis
Lion Club of Long Beach
Various Donations
Kelly Ann Troy
$180
Karen McInnis & Terry Blackburn
$157
Tara, Dawn and Chris Hagen
$157
Musella Family
$105
The Geiger Family
$105
Danielle Nitkewicz
$105
Anonymous
$105
Carole Ann & Joe Razza (w love)
$105
Mary Bold
$105
Miss Kathy Morrow
$105
Mrs. Teresa McCarthy
$105
Maureen Condon
$105
Tara, Billy & Liam Gaydar
$105
Mrs. Kristin McKenna
$105
Eileen Cos
$105
MAYERS FAMILY
$105
Jake J
$105
Chris Porr
$105
Najia Sultana
$105
Ericka Montalvan
$105
Donna Reilly
$105
Anita LaSpina
$105
Kelly Rhatigsn
$105
Jeff Rossbach
The Bolz Family
$105
Mrs. Stacy Adler Anselmo
$105
Anne & Billy Nolan
$105
The McDermott Family
$105
Maryellyn Feiler
$105
The Duffy's
$105
Jim ans Jo Ann Joyce
$105
Mrs. Janice McCreay
$105
Ann Coffey
Tom and Marianna Rhatigan
$105
Peter Ryan
$105
Dennis and Julie Haug
$105
Rose and Scott Nigro
$102
Jane Waterman
Danny Vargas & family
Kim and Amy Trani
$100
Traci Kilduff
$100
Liz O'Brien
$100
Daria and Nick D'Andrea
$100
Barbara McElwain
Ms. Patricia Farrell
$100
Fiona Zenie
$100
Dan and Robin Ryan
$100
Ms. Maura Turner
$100
Terri bohm and family
$100
Debbie & Tom Donnelly
Kelley Mahony & Family
Ms. Kimberly Schulze
$100
Mrs. Rosemary Alton
$100
Theresa Reed
Fundraising Boost
$100
John and Kacey
$100
Ms. Christine Kelly
$100
Joan & Damian Sciano
$100
Mr. Robbie Michaelis
$100
Ryan Troy
$100
Diane & Pat Hagen
Rodshi and Sareem
$84
Peach
$78
Mrs. Geri Licurse
Pinto family
$75
Melissa Schneiderman
$52
Hector & Theresa Duran
$52
Eric Paganini
$52
Diane Sedat
$52
Nancy Rhatigan
$52
Eileen Tarasco
$52
Stevie Lynn
Bridget Bohan Cody
$52
Henoch M.
$52
Ms. jane marie donovan
$52
The Cozine Family
$52
Matthew Duran
$52
Maureen Walsh
$52
Theresa Paganini
$52
Carolyn Shannon
$52
Brodericks
$52
Jane, Nick and Allison
$52

2024 Polar Bear Splash - Long Beach, NY

TEAM CONNOR 2023
TEAM CONNOR 2023

TEAM CONNOR 2024

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!!!  ILast year we raised a record $21,000 +  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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