Ensuring all wishes are 'cool'
June 9, 2016 -- In 1984, when 11-year old Catina wanted to meet Michael Jackson, Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin offered its assistance and granted Catina her wish. Soon after that time, in a small office located in Butler, WI, there were just two employees, capable of granting about 30 wishes a year.
Fast forward 28 years and Make-A-Wish Wisconsin had grown to 21 employees plus interns and volunteers working in three offices around the state. Annually, this team grants about 365 wishes across the state. In 2015, the Chapter realized the small office in Butler had reached its capacity and in order to accommodate the next generation of wishes, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin looked for a new location.
On June 1, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to open the doors to the new 9,000 square foot facility in Wauwatosa, WI. This new location will enable the Make-A-Wish Wisconsin team to grant even more wishes to the deserving children of Wisconsin. Since 1984, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin has granted more than 5,600 wishes to children across Wisconsin who are living with a life-threatening medical condition. The team plans to keep growing for 2016 as they have put in place a goal to fulfill at least one wish a day, every day, all year long.
Design Air, in cooperation with Johnson Controls and their Luxaire® product brand, donated a significant portion of the HVAC system to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin’s new offices, and Capital Heating and Cooling completed the installation.
Jeffrey Hurt, Regional Account Manager - Unitary Products said, “Being involved in the Luxaire and Make-A-Wish partnership is one of the best parts of my job. It's an honor to be a small part of a big cause that has such a positive impact on the lives of the Wish children and their families.”
Luxaire, has donated more than $3 million nationally to Make-A-Wish®. As local companies, Design Air, Capital Heating and Cooling, and Johnson Controls are all proud to support and partner with the local chapter to help make the next generation of wishes come true in Wisconsin.