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Taking the Vision & Making it a Reality


The Samuel & Josephine Wishing Place was funded solely through private, philanthropic donations. The project was completed without government funding and without taking a single penny away from wish granting.

The cornerstone donation was a $2 million donation from Joe Plumeri, Chairman and CEO of Willis Group Holdings, which he then increased to $3 million after becoming more involved with Make-A-Wish and further inspired by the children we serve. This was the first seven figure gift in the history of Make-A-Wish®, nationally or internationally, and helped bring a Wishing Place from a vision to a reality. The official name of the building is the Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place, after Mr. Plumeri’s parents.

We will forever be grateful to all who have made this magical building possible. For surely we know, it is a place to rekindle the inner spirits of all wish children who pass through these halls.

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Land & Location

As plans for the Wishing Place were put into motion, we recognized it was essential to find a location that was accessible to all of our wish children. Fortunately, we found a perfect plot of land in the centrally located Middlesex County. The land is in an ideal location and surrounded by beautiful forestry, which served as inspiration for our interior designs.

The land on which the castle sits was donated by Jack Morris, CEO of Edgewood Properties. Mr. Morris initially donated a seven-acre parcel, but as he became more involved with Make-A-Wish and inspired by the mission, he increased the donation to 14 acres.

Joe, you’re an incredible guy. This would have been a vacant piece of land if it weren’t for you. I can’t thank you enough because you’ve given me an opportunity to do such a beautiful thing. ”

— Jack Morris, about Joe Plumeri, at the grand opening ceremonies

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Make-A-Wish® New Jersey
Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place
1384 Perrineville Road
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
(609) 371-9474
Toll Free (800) 252-9474