The Luxaire brand of Johnson Controls has sponsored two annual Make-A-Wish Walk For Wishes events in Milwaukee, and Oklahoma City, to benefit the Wisconsin and Oklahoma Make-A-Wish chapters. In total, the two events raised more than $300,000 to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
Luxaire has been an active sponsor of Make-A-Wish since 2001, participating in an average of 18 events per year throughout the U.S. To date, Luxaire and its partners have donated $4.6 million to the organization – enough to help grant nearly 500 wishes to children, including several children of Johnson Controls employees, and:
- Five-year-old Bianca who was able to meet her favorite princesses at Disney World
- Hanna, 12, who swam with the dolphins on Paradise Island in the Bahamas
- Andrew, 18, who went ziplining, snorkeling and fishing in Hawaii
At the 31st annual Make-A-Wish Walk For Wishes event in Milwaukee, Luxaire and distributor partner, Design Air LLC, rallied the community of Milwaukee to help raise funds for the organization. In total, the event raised $230,000 for Wisconsin children.
“Supporting the communities where our employees and partners live through Make-A-Wish is an incredibly important commitment of Johnson Controls,” says Nina LoCicero, director of marketing and digital, Ducted Systems, Johnson Controls. “It’s particularly gratifying when we have the opportunity to join efforts with our valued distributor partners to benefit local Make-A-Wish chapters.”
As presenting sponsors, Johnson Controls and Luxaire, in partnership with Design Air, led a team who participated in a 5K walk and run. Held at Milwaukee’s Henry W. Maier Festival Park, the event also included a one-mile walk and celebration.
“We are delighted to be able to support this noble cause and offer hope to families that have handled significant medical adversity,” says Mike Gallagher, president, Design Air, an independent distributor serving Wisconsin and neighboring states. “Our team is proud to support our local community and Make-A-Wish in partnership with Luxaire.”
At the ninth annual Oklahoma City Walk For Wishes event, Luxaire served as the Hope and Hospitality Sponsor, where company employees, family and friends rallied together to support the Oklahoma Make-A-Wish chapter, which has granted more than 3,000 wishes to Oklahoma children. In total, the event raised $75,500.
At the fundraiser, Johnson Controls and Luxaire led a team who participated in a one-mile walk around Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens. Guests also participated in various activities and entertainment such as a DIY craft station, photobooth and ticket raffle.