The Wishwall in Marlton, NJ Update

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As I wrote previously, the event for the Wishwall in Marlton NJ on December 10th was a huge success. We had over 200 people in attendance posting their wishes and reading other wishes of those in the community. It was a beautiful day as we dedicated the Wishwall in honor of the late Christina Grimmie, who was from Marlton and represented herself well on the NBC show the voice. Pictured left, Mark Grimmie, Simonetta Lein- The Wishmaker, and myself. What an amazing day, you could just feel the love in the room. Pictures tell only part of the stories heard with so many wishes of those in attendance. My heart was filled with so much love and joy that day, I cannot even explain it in words.

As some of you may be aware of, the Evesham Library decided that once the event was over that they no longer wanted to hang the sign permanently in their location because they didn’t want holes in their walls nor liked the size of the sign. So, as of now, we are still looking for a permanent location for The Wishwall- in Marlton – where we can come together to view what our community needs are and maybe help one another. The Wishwall is good-hearted international mural project that is made by the people and is a point of attraction for all to see. Also, with this wishwall being dedicated in the memory of Marlton’s own Christina Grimmie, who was taken from us in an act of violence, it is a sign of love and hope for peace. I hope someone from the community of Marlton will step up and embrace the message The Wishwall Foundation & Girl Talk has brought to the town. I thank each person and business that has helped along the way thus far.

9c32e26deb6318921cd5e590932f003aThe Wishwall Foundation board members have been working very hard going through each wish that was submitted for the December 10th event. What a hard task to pick the wish to grant that will make the most impact on the community. Once the wish is picked, it is not over but only just begun. The Wishwall Foundation and the board members will get to work to make that wish a reality. There is much planning that is involved and I can’t give too much away to spoil the surprises but I can tell you that there are 3 wishes that will be granted from this wall. Each of these 3 wishes are ones that will impact the community the most. I am so very excited! Be sure to stay tuned to get all the details!

image15-1The Wishwall Foundation also has a huge online and social presence. People post wishes every day on the website www.thewishwall.org and The Wishwall Foundation spends many hours and dollars to help others. Please consider continuing to donate to this wonderful organization, this is my wish this week. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact The Wishwall Foundation or myself at any time.

 

“Confidence is not ‘they will like me’. Confidence instead is ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t’.”-Christina Grimmie

Mary Beth Iannarella

Girl talk Marlton/The Wishwall Foundation

http://thewishwall.org/desideri/the-wishwall-in-marlton-nj-update/

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WISH GRANTED BY THE WISHWALL FOUNDATION

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WISH GRANTED BY THE WISHWALL FOUNDATION
About 5 months after it began, The Wishwall Foundation made Girl Talk Marlton’s wish a reality. After seeing The Wishwall in Philadelphia, I reached out to The Celebrity Wishmaker Simonetta Lein sharing my wish of having The Wishwall in my hometown Marlton, and she decided to grant it.

611boi5ny2l-_sl250_On December 10th 2016 at the Evesham Library at approximately at 1:30 pm during a well-attended ceremony, the Wishwall in Marlton was dedicated in memory of Christina Grimmie and the first wishes were posted to the new Wishwall.

The beautiful dedication speech was given by Kailey Gaffney, a Cherokee High School Senior and leader in Girl Talk Marlton. Kailey went on to tell the crowd how Christina was her hero and how her music got her through many tough times. The library was packed with many people that brought their hopes and dreams as they waited to put wishes onto the new Wishwall.

Mark Grimmie posted the first wish. He wished for strength and support while continuing her legacy. Christina’s friends and family made a wish for Christina’s mom to meet Celine Dion, as she had tickets to go see her in May 2015 but had to cancel due to chemo treatments.

There were wishes of world peace, love, end to hunger, no more bullying, anti-violence, and a cure for cancer. Some wished for others such as a Xbox for the pediatric cancer unit at CHOP hospital for the older children, or a service dog for their sister. Some wished for themselves to find peace and serenity in their home, a transportation vehicle for their community outreach program to be able to help others, and even more art in the schools. I myself added a wish for Girl Talk Marlton to have a psychical “home base” where the girls can hang out and meet up here in Marlton and call our own. So many beautiful wishes and the above was only a small sampling of what amazing wishes were received.

image17The Wishwall Foundation now has a huge task in front of them as they read through all the wishes that were submitted. And I want to thank everyone that has helped this wish to become a reality. Stay tuned to see all the wonderful things yet to come from The Wishwall Foundation.

Mary Beth Iannarella

Girl Talk Marlton/The Wishwall Foundation

WISHES DO COME TRUE, COME SEE FOR YOURSELF. THE WISHWALL IN MARLTON NJ IN MEMORY OF THE VOICE SINGER CHRISTINA GRIMMIE.

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The WISHWALL FOUNDATION comes to Marlton NJ this Saturday, Dec 10th from 12:30-4:30PM and all are welcomed to attend.

Go ahead, make a wish…If you were given the opportunity to have just one meaningful wish granted for you or someone special what would it be? Come to the new Wishwall event in Marlton, NJ this Saturday, December 10th and give your dreams a chance-for free!

All wishes posted during our event will be eligible to come true!

Girl Talk Marlton is a local chapter of the nonprofit international mentoring program for girls ages 10-18- Girl Talk Inc. & The Wishwall Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization and social community (www.thewishwall.org), invites all to come post their meaningful wishes, for themselves or someone special, on the NEW and 2nd physical wishwall during our FREE fun event.

During our spectacular event, there will be entertainment, local celebrities, DJ,  food, vendors, door prizes and fun for all. All wishes posted during our event are eligible to come true!

611boi5ny2l-_sl250_It was my wish to have the Wishwall come to our town of Marlton after seeing our town suffer a major heartbreak when our hometown superstar Christina Grimmie was taken from us 6 months ago, in a horrific act of violence. After watching a segment on Fox 29 news, I called Simonetta Lein, the Wishmaker and asked her to teamed up with Girl Talk Marlton, my nonprofit mentoring chapter to make this wish in our community come true.

Now, here we are…. countdown to my wish coming true. Will you be there? Will you please join in my wish? I invite you to be a part of this special event and make my heart overflow with joy.

After this event, The Wishwall Mural will be displayed permanently in the library and represent a clear message of hope and peace against violence and hate in the world. This is Girl Talk Marlton’s way of giving back to the local community while helping to promote a positive goodwill movement that we feel strongly about.

Give your dreams a chance!

If you would like more information about the event, sponsorship, or donations, please email GirlTalkMarlton@gmail.com or visit http://www.girltalkmarlton.org or visit the online Wishwall  http://www.thewishwall.org

http://thewishwall.org/desideri/wishes-do-come-true-come-see-for-yourself/

*Wishes will also be accepted Sun.Dec.11th 1-5pm*

**Event not affiliated with Evesham library**

Mary Beth Iannarella

Girl Talk Marlton/The Wishwall Foundation