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Make-A-Wish New Jersey Can Score Big Tomorrow


February 01, 2014


East Rutherford, NJ

Charity Could Reap $100,000 – Depending on How Many Times Play Calling Includes “Omaha” From the Line

The next time Peyton Manning shouts “Omaha,” a child’s wish could be funded through Make-A-Wish New Jersey.

All eyes at Make-A-Wish New Jersey will be on Number 18 when he takes the field tomorrow and begins calling plays. That’s because of a unique fundraiser, in which the charity scores big whenever Manning calls “Omaha.”

Wish Dad and Make-A-Wish America Board Member John Crowley and his daughter, Megan, have pledged $500, up to $25,000, to Make-A-Wish New Jersey each time Manning makes his now-famous call. 

The Crowley family has drafted others to get into the game. Two Make-A-Wish New Jersey supporters are also committing $500 a call. Wheels for Wishes is pledging up to $20,000, while Frank & Debbie Bolte have generously committed up to $25,000.

Five more Make-A-Wish New Jersey supporters have teamed up to total $500 per "Omaha" call, giving the chapter an opportunity to raise up to $100,000 during tomorrow’s big game in the Meadowlands.

"None of our local teams are in the big game - the Giants, Jets and, in South Jersey, the Eagles, so we thought we'd have some fun with a certain quarterback’s proclivity to call out a city name in Nebraska,” said Tom Weatherall, president & CEO, Make-A-Wish New Jersey

“Before we knew it, John Crowley stepped up and pledged $500 per call with a maximum donation of $25,000. His $500 per call challenge to other Make-A-Wish New Jersey supporters was answered by Wheels for Wishes and Frank and Debbie Bolte,” Weatherall added.

“So, now we're rooting for Peyton and his Broncos offense to be on the field all day on Sunday,” he said. “The bottom line for our mission is we'll be able to fund more wishes and have some fun as we count these football calls."

If you would like to join the Crowley's and pledge a donation for every “Omaha,” email Todd Shellenberger at

Press Contact

Michael Dominick
Director of Communicaitons
Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place 1347 Perrineville Road
Monroe Township, NJ  08831

Phone : (609) 371-9474
Fax : (609) 371-8919


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Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place
1347 Perrineville Road
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
(609) 371-9474
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