The local Make-A-Wish chapter benefitted from the 17th annual Tournament of Wishes Monday, July 8, at the Webster Golf Club.

The local Make-A-Wish chapter benefitted from the 17th annual Tournament of Wishes Monday, July 8, at the Webster Golf Club on Salt Road.

During the event, members of the community came out for a day on the green, raising heartfelt dollars for local “wish children” and their families.

In total, the event raised more than $8,000, which goes directly towards wish-granting for children in the greater Rochester area who qualify for a wish. Any child with a life-threatening medical condition who is between the ages of two and a half and 18 at the time of referral qualifies for a wish.

Teams who played included those from Canandaigua National Bank, First Niagara Bank, Woods Oviatt, Harper Family Foundation and Ames Amzalak Memorial Trust.

Make-A-Wish grants more than 150 wishes each year in the western New York area and each wish experience costs on average $7,500. Wishes can be anything from “I wish to go, I wish to meet, I wish to be, I wish to have.”

Money raised from third-party events and fundraisers like the recent golf tournament directly benefits local wish-granting and helping to ensure that all eligible children get their most heartfelt wish.

“We appreciate the support of our golf lovers and community members who come out each year to raise heartfelt dollars for local wish children,” said board member and tournament organizer Joel Harper. “We can’t give enough thanks to our supporters and volunteers for their efforts to bring the power of a wish to the Rochester area.”