DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. A Dobbs Ferry man known for his local restaurants and 11-year service as a New York City firefighter can now add another accolade to his biography after being elected to the Hudson Valley Make-A-Wish Foundation Board of Directors. The organization announced Tuesday that Brian Doyle, and four others, were elected to the board. Doyle lives with his family in Dobbs Ferry and is the co-owner of The Celtic Corner in Dobbs Ferry and J.P. Doyles Restaurant in Sleepy Hollow. Although this is his first official position with Make-A-Wish, he has been supporting the organization, which grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions, for several years through his restaurants. We always just try to do our part and help out with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Doyle said. We started helping out with small things like catering food for the annual gala, and it just kind of steam rolled from there.
In addition to catering events for the foundation, Doyle and his business partner, Nicholas Dell, hosted a golf outing in July and gave the proceeds to Make-A-Wish, Doyle said. Its mostly small things, a thousand here, a thousand there, but it adds up, though, he said. Doyle said his experience with the foundation often puts life into perspective and credits the volunteers and staff with keeping the organization successful.
Its unbelievable to see people like that, he said. They never stop. When you think youre having a tough time, you just go up there and it changes your whole perspective. Regardless of the economy, theres still sick children and they always need our help. Owning two restaurants affords Doyle the opportunity to interact with many different people from all walks of life who are looking to get involved and help out, he said. The biggest problem for most people is simply not knowing how to help, Doyle said, and his position allows him raise awareness about things everyone can do to make a difference. Doyle said his goal as a member of the board is to raise awareness and enough funds to grant wishes for all 145 children in the Hudson River Valley on the foundations wish list. When asked how he manages to find the time to
Doyle said finding time to serve as an FDNY firefighter, own two restaurants and work with Make-A-Wish can be tough, but it is worth the effort. It seems like a lot, but you just do it, he said. For more information about the Hudson River Valley Make-A-Wish Foundation, including upcoming events and how to get involved, visit the Make-A-Wish website .
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