Windemere’s Make a Wish program was inspired by our desire to fulfill our resident’s lifelong dreams and to give them a gift that they would never forget.

The idea for the Make a Wish program came from a resident who wanted to fly over the Island for her 80th Birthday. Windemere made arrangements with the owner of the Red Baron Bi-plane in Katama on Martha’s Vineyard to do just that. Her friend agreed to go ride in the plane. It was an absolutely beautiful day and she said that it was a moment that she would never forget.

We started thinking “What if there were other residents who had wishes that they thought would never come true? Can we ask the resident’s if there was one wish that they would like to have full filled in life, what would it be?’

So, we had our mission. We set out to ask as many residents as possible. Many of the residents stated that they had done everything that they had ever wanted to do, but a few of the residents came up with some very creative ideas. Over the past five years we have been able to make many of those wishes come true. Past wishes that have come true have been a deep sea fishing trip, flying in the Red Baron bi-plane, chocolate making, facials at the Mansion House, massages, horseback riding with Rising Tide, having lunch in Menemsha with the Coast Guard, lunch in Falmouth at a Chinese restaurant, seeing a Smokey Robinson concert at the Tabernacle, swimming at the YMCA, and a lobster lunch at the Aquinnah Shop Restaurant.