Trumbull-based Make-A-Wish CT gets $1 million gift

The James and Eileen Manning Charitable Remainder Trust has given a historical $1 million gift to Make-A-Wish Connecticut, in support of its mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. This is the second contribution the Trust has made to Make-A-Wish this year, having donated $500,000 in February.

Jimmy Satalino, grandson of the James and Eileen Manning Charitable Remainder Trust founder, became closely involved with Make-A-Wish through his lifelong friend and Make-A-Wish Connecticut Board Member Denny Gates. Gates has continued to be an advocate for Make-A-Wish and its mission, bringing many members of the community into the Make-A-Wish Family. Satalino and his family’s decision to support the organization in such a substantial way comes at a time of great need for the chapter, as more wishes are being granted every day.

“My grandfather was a very successful businessman,” Satalino stated in an interview earlier this year. “But he was also always a huge giver. From his church, to the local schools, he has always been about children. When we learned of the mission and the impact Make-A-Wish has on the children they serve, we knew this was where we wanted to share our support.”

Make-A-Wish Connecticut has seen a dramatic increase in the number of wishes granted each year. A deeply focused and strategic effort is driving the chapter closer to its vision of reaching every eligible child. Granting more wishes than ever before has been ongoing effort, and the result has been a 30% growth in wishes granted annually.

“Our mission is never-ending,” stated Pam Keough, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Connecticut. “Last year, we granted 185 wishes to Connecticut children, and this year we will grant 220 deserving wishes. According to our research, there are as many as 300 children in Connecticut each year that are diagnosed with a qualifying life-threatening medical condition, and our vision is to reach every one of them.

“This gift is an opportunity for us to build a foundation for our future,” Keough continued. “We are 100% donor-funded and rely on gifts from our community to grant every eligible wish each year. This is our first capacity-building gift which will help us to bridge the gap between our annual budget and our increased wish demand in coming years. It is truly because of the generosity of the Manning Family that we are able to start building towards our next 30 years of wishes.”

For more information Make-A-Wish Connecticut, visit