Make-A-Wish Monster Truck unveiled at Walk for Wishes Saturday

On Saturday May 9, the annual Walk for Wishes will take place once again at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo to benefit Make-A-Wish Connecticut, whose mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Connecticut’s offices are based in Trumbull.

At this year’s event, a 3-year-old boy named Ethan’s wish to go to Walt Disney World will be delivered to him by 1,000 guests in attendance, and by Wish Kid Isabelle, who was surprised with her wish to go on a Disney Cruise at the Walk for Wishes last year. Isabelle will pay it forward with the help of all in attendance and make another historical wish come true. Guests are encouraged to wear anything superhero-related; Ethan and his brother are avid superhero fans.

New to this year’s event will be the first official use of Make-A-Wish Connecticut’s recently donated Monster Truck, known as the Wish Truck. Donated by Make-A-Wish Connecticut Board Member and President of Robins Tesar Inc. Mark Haversat and his team, the Monster Truck will be unveiled for the first time at the 2015 Walk for Wishes out in front of the zoo and used as an event stage to conduct the Opening Ceremonies and official Walk Send-Off.

“We are so excited to have the Wish Truck at our Walk this year, the first event it has ever been revealed at,” shared President & CEO Pam Keough. “Mark and his team did an incredible job in designing it, and even went so far as to implement a new sound system so we can use the truck as a sound system and event stage anywhere we take it. It’s truly a unique element to bring to events like the Walk and we are very fortunate to have a friend like Mark always thinking of how we can further our brand in the community.”

Haversat, who lives in Monroe joined the Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish Connecticut just a few short months ago and has already shown his passion and commitment to the organization through special events and special in-kind services like the Monster Truck. Robins Tesar Inc. is based in Bridgeport.

“Bringing the Wish Truck to life has been a very rewarding experience for me, my staff and some of our valued vendors,” commented Haversat. “The instant enthusiasm that is being generated around it is overwhelming. I am proud to be a part of the Make-A-Wish family and look forward to seeing all the excitement and joy it will bring to children and adults alike.”

Guests of all ages are encouraged to join the Walk for Wishes Saturday May 9, at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and the Walk will begin at 5:30, followed by the Wish Celebration at 6:30. Guests mayregister in advance at There are incentives involved for those who fundraise certain amounts prior to Saturday. For those who do not register in advance, a donation will be accepted at day-of registration on Saturday.

For more information, visit CT.WISH.ORG.

Make-A-Wish Monster Truck

Make-A-Wish Monster Truck

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