Ally’s Wish Raises Funds To Grant Wishes For Terminally Ill Moms

By Cynthia Smoot          Photography by Bob Manzano

THE SETTING: The Fifth Annual Boots & Blessings gala took place at Austin Ranch to benefit Ally’s Wish. Attendees kicked off the night by perusing an extensive silent auction as TV personality Scott Murray served as emcee for the evening and gathered everyone to their seats. The program began with a rousing game of Heads or Tails with the winner receiving a pair of Dallas Cowboys football tickets. Guests then enjoyed live country-Western entertainment from The Breckenridge Band as they dined on  traditional BBQ fare.

THE STYLE: Larry and Pat Conner took to the stage to remember their daughter, Allyson Hendrickson, the inspiration for the creation of Ally’s Wish and the organization’s first wish recipient. They reminisced about her obsession with candy sprinkles and then invited each guest to take the small bottles of candy sprinkles at their place setting and dose their cupcake in memory of Allyson.

THE PURPOSE: The Flower Mound-based organization grants wishes to mothers battling terminal illnesses, so they may create lasting memories with their children and loved ones. Since its inception, Ally’s Wish has granted over a hundred wishes to mothers who’ve battled inflammatory breast cancer, Leukemia, colon cancer and other terminal illnesses. Ally’s Wish currently has 43 moms waiting to have wishes granted with new requests arriving daily.