WNY Woodturners reach donation milestone in helping Make-A-Wish WNY


(WIVB) — During this summer’s Erie County Fair, the Western New York Woodturners raised more than $30,000 for Make-A-Wish WNY.

While they broke a record, giving back is nothing new to the group. Its members from across the area donate their time and materials to create wooden household items for children fighting critical illnesses.

This latest donation propelled the group to an achievement nearly 18 years in the making. They’ve now donated in total, a quarter of a million dollars toward Make-A-Wish WNY.

Joe Wiesnet and the members of WNY Woodturners one and two work all year long making their products for the best 12 days of summer. They create everything from wooden bowls and toys, to goblets and cutting boards.

They encourage anyone interested to come to try it out.

And raising money each summer for Make-A-Wish WNY is a tradition those involved plan to continue for years to come.

“Every dollar matters and we rely on the support of the community and community organization groups like the Western New York Woodturners to make wishes possible here,” said a Make-A-Wish representative.

Members of the Western New York Woodturners had a chance to meet some of the kids they will help at this year’s fair.

Gabrielle Mediak is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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