The coronavirus pandemic caused quite a stir for many, but it sadly put granted wishes on hold for Make-A-Wish Central New York. Over 30 wishes were deemed in progress and to be completed by the end of 2020, but months and months passed with nothing being able to be done for the sick children awaiting.

It also has been a time the organization used for raising funds to make sure, as soon as they were able, they could proceed with making more wishes come true. They held fundraisers and brainstormed events that could be held in light of the pandemic.

That's how the Drive-In on the Wild Side was born. An event held annually by Make-A-Wish CNY has been flipped to accommodate the current state of the world.

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Happening Saturday, September 12th, gather for a family-friendly, double-feature drive-in movie and other fun activities at the Fingerlakes Drive-In in Auburn.

This safe, socially-distanced spin on their “Walk on the Wild Side” event lets you enjoy “The Lion King” and “Cars,” as well as a hamburger or hot dog for each passenger in your vehicle.

If that's not enough family fun, they have the chance for you to play some bingo and win prizes.  Game boards are $5 each and four games will be played (two winners per game). “Drive-In on the Wild Side” also offers a 50/50 raffle and a bottle and can drive. Bring your bottles and cans and be entered for a chance to win a Dunkin’ gift card!

If you're interested in attending, admission is $15 for adults, $10 for ages 5 to 11, and FREE for ages 4 and under! Attendees are offered an alternative fee of $50 per carload, regardless of number of passengers.

It's a great way to spend time with the family while also supporting so many local children with critical illnesses and helping their wishes come true. The gate opens at 5 pm and first movie begins at 7:30pm.

Our friends at Make-A-Wish CNY suggest purchasing a ticket in advance. You can do so by visiting

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