When Tony Cote returned from Disney World in Florida a couple of years ago — a guest of the Make-A-Wish Foundation — he promised to raise money to repay the foundation for the trip.

He solicited help from his best friend, Jared Cardello, a fellow ninth-grader at Hampden Academy. With the help of family and other friends, the two youngsters began the work of recognizing what the foundation had done for other area youngsters afflicted with life-threatening diseases.

Cote has cystic fibrosis and he and his family enjoyed a fully paid, week-long vacation in Disney World as guests of Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“Now, it’s time to pay them back by raising enough money to sponsor at least one more kid like me to have such a fun time as I did,” said Cote. “That’s our goal by holding this Carnival of Wishes.”

The two students appeared before the Winterport Town Council and gained approval to use Abbott Park for their “Carnival of Wishes” from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 15.

Tony and Jared then made posters that were posted in all the schools in SAD 22 and began the work of soliciting prizes and raffle items from many area businesses. Donations ranged from prepaid credit cards to wooden baskets, tools and gift certificates.

With help from Cote’s mom, Missy Gould, of Winterport, and Cardello’s mom, Tamara Cardello, of Hampden, a teacher at the Wagner School in Winterport, a team of adults was organized to help with the raffle and auction at the afternoon event.

“Our friends from school will help us with the games,” Cote said. “We want this to be a fun event; and we want to raise lots of money for kids like Tony,” Cardello added.