One Newfield high school student is driving in style thanks to Make-a-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County.
Right before Newfield High School’s homecoming game Sept. 22, the nonprofit presented 17-year-old Conor Wesch with a special wish — his grandfather’s 2006 Chevy Impala SS restored. The Newfield senior was referred to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December. The nonprofit grants the wish of those between 2 ½ years- and 18-years-old and battling a critical illness.
Kellie Ryan, community relations manager for MAW in Suffolk County, said Wesch was told his grandfather’s car, which had sentimental value for him, wouldn’t be completed until a few weeks later. The nonprofit wanted to surprise him at homecoming because the Middle Country Booster Club and members of the community raised funds for the car refurbishment.When Wesch heard the announcement before the homecoming game to come down to the field, Ryan said he sprinted to his car and was surprised and delighted.
In addition to the Middle Country Booster Club making Wesch’s dream possible, local businesses contributed time and material to refurbish the Impala. Michael Calvitto, owner of Class Act Auto Collision, restored the vehicle, while Pioneer USA, Grand Prix Auto Stereo & Alarm, Reliable Rim Repair Inc., and Miller Place Auto Upholstery have contributed to its restoration which included new upholstery, rims and a stereo sound system.
Wesch, who received his driver’s license in July, envisions himself driving his new car to the beach and enjoying road trips with friends, according to a MAW press release.