By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Aug 18, 2023 at 3:01 PM

On Sept. 9, you can take a lakefront walk to help make children’s dreams come true.

The Walk For Wishes will raise funds for Make-A-Wish, which grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

At the moment there are more than 450 children waiting for wishes to be granted by Make-A-Wish and your steps can help. As if you needed more incentive than that, you’ll also get free admission to Festa Italiana that day at the Italian Community Center as a thank you for participating.

Registration for the Walk for Wishes is free, but you are then asked to get pledges or (and!) make a donation yourself to the cause.

Gates open at 8 a.m. for the drop-off of pledges and then at 8:45, a Kids Dash takes place. The walk begins at 9 and starting at 9:15 there will be activities, entertainment and refreshments.

You can register for the Walk for Wishes here.

The Walk also offers sponsorship opportunities for individuals, organizations and businesses, with levels ranging from $500 to $20,000. To learn more about those, go here.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.