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2013-12-25 / Front Page

Clarence home sale nets big donation for Make-A-Wish

by STEVEN JAGORD
Editor


Meghan Kleinlein was able to relax on a beach in Hawaii a few years ago thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The recent sale of a Natale Builders home in the Rivera Greens subdivision of Clarence raised $50,000 for the foundation and will support about seven wishes. Meghan Kleinlein was able to relax on a beach in Hawaii a few years ago thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The recent sale of a Natale Builders home in the Rivera Greens subdivision of Clarence raised $50,000 for the foundation and will support about seven wishes. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York is going to be able to grant a few extra holiday wishes this year thanks to Clarence-based Natale Builders.

The developer recently sold its second Make-A-Wish home, this one in the Rivera Greens subdivision located off the north side of County Road near Transit Road. The proceeds from the sale of the home resulted in a $50,000 donation for Make-A-Wish.

Owner and President Angelo Natale presented representatives from Make-A-Wish with the funds during a meet and greet with Bob and Janet Gosch, who purchased the home, as well as Meghan Kleinlein, a 16-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient from Clarence. Natale said he was thrilled that his company will be benefiting the nonprofit foundation once again.

“There are really two things about Make-A-Wish that we are passionate about,” Natale said. “First, we feel really strong about the actual foundation because the funds go right to the kids. We did some investigations early on and said, ‘Gee, this not-for-profit group really puts a large percentage of the donations towards the recipients.’

“Also, all you have to do is meet one of the recipients and you’ll know what you want to do and that you want to help.”

Natale did a similar project in 2005 when the company also donated the proceeds from the sale of one of its homes to the foundation. He said he hopes to do another home project for Make-A-Wish in the next few years “when the right home in the right place presents itself.”

That’s music to the ears of Mary Hazel, manager of development for Make-A-Wish of WNY. She said Natale’s donations have been an incredible gift for the families served through them.

“With the average wish cost about $7,500, it will allow us to grant about seven wishes,” Hazel said. “We grant about 150 wishes here every year, and we always have about 80 in the pipeline or referral process.

“Being a part of that presentation yesterday, anyone in attendance was just so inspired by Natale stepping up and the Goschs not bartering on the price, which so many of us do when we try and buy a home.”

The Clarence couple had been looking for just the right home to downsize into when the Rivera Greens subdivision caught their eye. With two of their three children grown and living out of the house, they were hoping to find something a little smaller and simpler.

“We walked into the house, and it was exactly what we were looking for,” Janet Gosch said. “The man representing Natale told us the story behind the Make-A-Wish house, and when he told us that, it was like it was meant to be and we did it and we’re thrilled.

“Really though, we’re just riding on Angelo’s coattails. He put the whole vision together, and we were just lucky enough to have found the right house and be a small part of the situation.”

Gosch said she was moved by the story she heard from Kleinlein, who was able to go with her family on vacation a few years ago after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

“I had heard about Make-A-Wish, but I didn’t know much about it. We were so moved meeting the people that it affects,” Gosch said. “Meghan was able to take her whole family to Hawaii, and when she spoke, she said that Make-A-Wish has brought so much joy in her life.”

To find out more about Make-A-Wish, visit www.wny.wish.org. To find out more about Natale Builders, visit www.natalebuilders.com.

email: sjagord@beenews.com

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