More than 15 years after it entered into a relationship with Make-A-Wish, the Luxaire brand of Johnson Controls continues to raise money for the organization and helps deliver wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
Earlier this year, the brand provided a $5,000 sponsorship to the Swim to a Wish event in Kansas. Started in 2013 by Wish dad and Campus High School swim coach, Kelly Kennedy, the annual event challenges swimmers to join together to swim a 100-mile marathon in relay format over the course of a weekend. In its five-year run, the event has raised more than $100,000 for Make-A-Wish Kansas and increased the number of participating high schools from one to seven.
The Luxaire brand also supported fundraising activities in Oklahoma. The Bag Full of Wishes event in Oklahoma City raised more than $140,000 for Make-A-Wish Oklahoma, including a $9,900 donation from Luxaire. In addition to a luncheon, the event included a silent auction of handbags, jewelry, luggage and accessories.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children living in the U.S. and its territories, on average, every 34 minutes. Luxaire first embarked on a sponsorship of Make-A-Wish in 2001. Since that time, the brand has donated more than $3.7 million to 23 chapters in the organization—enough to grant 509 wishes to children.
“We could not do what we do without companies like Luxaire,” says Beverly Mullen, development officer at Make-A-Wish Oklahoma. “We appreciate what they do to support our mission and the children we serve. Thanks to them, there are fewer children waiting on their wish to come true.”
The Luxaire brand is a sponsor in the HVAC category that supports Make-A-Wish on a national level and an alliance that makes a donation on behalf of its distributors and contractors. In addition to supporting a variety of fund-raising activities, donations from Luxaire underwrite individual wishes, which average $10,130 per wish.
Examples of the wishes already granted with the help of Luxaire distributors include a trip to Paris; a snowy vacation in Colorado; swimming with sharks in Hawaii; digging for dinosaurs in Montana; a bedroom makeover; and the construction of a backyard castle.
“We are proud of our history with Make-A-Wish,” says Angela Bonovich, senior marketing manager, Unitary Products, Johnson Controls. “It’s gratifying for all of us who sell the Luxaire brand to know that we are making a difference in the lives of children who live in the areas where we live and work. At the same time, our relationship with Make-A-Wish provides our distributors and contractors with a program that differentiates them in the marketplace and offers their customers an important reason to choose the Luxaire brand.”
To learn more about the relationship between Luxaire and Make-A-Wish and how you can get involved, visit the website.