Make-A-Wish Connecticut hosted its first \u201cWish Family Celebrations\u201d at its headquarters on Monroe Turnpike in Trumbull Sunday Sept. 27. Each year, Make-A-Wish Connecticut grants over 200 wishes to children battling life-threatening medical conditions. The organization has begun hosting occasional celebrations that will bring Wish Families whose wishes were granted in the past three or four months together for an afternoon of food, games, and entertainment, as well as sharing wish experiences with one another. \u201cIt was a thrill to have Joe here to entertain our Wish Kids, their siblings and their parents,\u201d said Michael Dominick, community and media relations manager for Make-A-Wish Connecticut. \u201cOur mission is to make wishes come true for kids with life-threatening medical conditions, and our hope is to put smiles on our Wish Kids\u2019 faces during difficult times.\u201d Over 100 guests were in attendance for the fall celebration, which was a carnival-themed event featuring games, prizes, cotton candy, popcorn, and entertainment by none other than Joe Barney of Center Ring Productions in Bridgeport. Center Ring was created by Joe Barney and family, spreading smiles across the country for over forty years. He was born into a show business family, and has spent his life performing as a Clown, Comedy Magician, Master of Ceremonies and P. T. Barnum for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. He has performed at Radio City Music Hall, Walt Disney World, The Big Apple Circus and Circus Sarasota. Joe\u00a0has also served as\u00a0an entertainment coordinator for The Six Flags theme parks, creating and directing\u00a0 shows and parades throughout the country. \u201cJoe was a perfect fit for our first ever Wish Family celebration, as he embodies that same spirit and vision of putting smiles on kids\u2019 faces when they need it most,\u201d Dominick said. More wishes coming Make-A-Wish Connecticut granted 209 wishes in its most recent fiscal year, and hopes to grant 240 in the year ahead. \u201cWe hope to continue to reach more children each year than the year before,\u201d Dominick said. \u201cHosting our Wish Family celebrations has helped us create a sense of community and family among our Wish Kids, and we hope to continue to grow that family each year.\u201d For more information on Make-A-Wish Connecticut, to refer a child or get involved, visit CT.WISH.ORG.