‘Happily Ever After: At Home’ directed by 2019 Person of the Year
Although there will be another concert this weekend to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Zoe Wagner will again be directing the benefit. This year’s concert will be unlike any other — this one will be a virtual concert from home.
Performing the locally produced Disney-themed concerts since she was 9 years old, Wagner took over the reigns as director a few years ago when her brother Zane moved from the area.
This year’s concert, dubbed the “Happily Ever After: At Home” songfest will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday.
“Happily Ever After: At Home” benefits Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virgina.
In prior years, the concerts, which usually drew hefty crowds were staged in one of the Williamsport School District’s middle school auditoriums.
But this year, Wagner will be hosting the virtual concert, featuring about a dozen cast members from previous concerts, singing “Disney songs for you to enjoy a magical evening.”
Although the event is free to watch, Wagner lists a link, site.wish.org/goto/happilyeverafter, where viewers will be able to watch the concert as well as leave donations if financially able.
In 2015 while working on one of the annual concerts, Wagner was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkins Lymphona.
Little did this persistent high school student ever imagine that she would be a recipient of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which sponsors trips for children to Disney World.
Her own wishes were granted when the Make-A-Wish Foundation sent Wagner, her mother and two brothers to meet all the beloved cartoon characters at Disney World.
And in December 2019, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette named Wagner as the Person of the Year.
Now cancer free for the last few years, the Williamsport Area High School senior was honored for her efforts to raise over $20,000 by the annual fundraising concerts and other philanthropy efforts for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Since 2010 the Wagner family has raised over $40,000 in support of local wishes.
And speaking from first-hand experience as she prepares for the unique virtual concert this weekend, Wagner often repeats “Never underestimate the power of a wish!”