Young New Yorkers kicked off the holiday season on Thursday night at the fifth-annual Toast To Wishes, a charity event organized by Make-A-Wish New York's under-40 board.

The event took place at Marquee in Chelsea, and had been sold-out for six weeks. (Last year's event was so packed that the organizers had to limit the tickets this year to 650, down from 750.)

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"[Make-A-Wish] really gives a child a reason to hope and to dream and to really want to live, at times when they might not want to," Zach Coopersmith, the co-chair of Make-A-Wish's under-4o board and partner at Leading Ridge Capital Partners, told Business Insider. 

Coopersmith first came up with the idea for Toast to Wishes five years ago with a group of friends in the Hamptons.

"We were a few years out of school, we were enjoying going to clubs... and we said, 'Hey, could we put something together for a great cause and still have a lot of fun doing it?'"

Short answer: yes.

With so many things to do, and so many places to give, why Make-A-Wish? For me its simple and thats the mission. The mission to grant wishes and strength and joy to children battling life-threatening illnesses. And for me, the impact that Make-A-Wish has on kids and their families dealt such a tough hand is unmatched, unparalleled," Coopersmith told the attendees.

Take a look inside one of young New York's annual charity events...

On Thursday, New Yorkers attended the 5th annual Toast to Wishes event organized by Make-A-Wish New York's under-40 board.

29-year old Zach Coopersmith, a partner at Leading Ridge Capital Partners, started the event and it has grown incredibly over the last few years.

This year, over 650 people showed up (and several hundred stuck around for the after party.)


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