“This partnership is a wonderful opportunity for us to have a positive impact on the lives of people in the places we cherish,” said President and CEO of City Electric Supply Thomas Hartland-Mackie. “Many thanks to our Social Impact Manager Karen Gray and the CES Cares team for helping us to live out our commitment to serving others and providing CES with a new way to spread hope and kindness to our neighbors.”
Gray says partnering with Make-A-Wish is an honor. “Knowing that we’re helping provide wishes for kids with critical illnesses is the best feeling in the world,” she said.
“We are proud to partner with City Electric Supply as one of our newest national corporate partners,” said LuAnn Bott, Vice President of Revenue and Partnership Services for Make-A-Wish America. “We’re excited to see what we can do together to help grant the wish of every eligible child.”
Make-A-Wish is committed to its mission of creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Wishes give children renewed energy and strength, bring families closer together and unite entire communities. Gray recalls one particular wish that has inspired her — a North Texas kid named Anderson who wished to play hockey with the Dallas Stars.
“Anderson’s wish was to play with the Dallas Stars, but Make-A-Wish went above and beyond that,” she said. “He put a team together with his friends and actually played against the Dallas Stars. It’s such a beautiful moment and seeing that impact and the joy on his face makes it so real.”
That’s more than 340,000 wishes granted by Make-A-Wish in the U.S. and its territories, and it’s exactly why City Electric Supply has decided to partner with the organization.
“For us, it is important that employees and customers understand that these wishes can be truly life-changing for children with critical illnesses, their families, and their communities,” Bott said. “When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, anxiety with hope, and sadness with joy.”
“Every wish has a real impact,” Gray added. “How do you show that these wishes improve their health? Attitude has a lot to do with recovery and fighting disease. You can’t watch these wishes come true without seeing the difference it truly makes.”
And CES is fully prepared to help transform lives nationwide with its latest partnership. It’s not just a partnership where the company can feel good about the impact it will make. It’s an organization that CES employees and customers can get behind.
“It was just a natural fit for us. Make-A-Wish is a national nonprofit, but they have local chapters all over the U.S. Our branches can raise money and host events that affect their communities directly,” said Gray. “They’re in it with you. They truly value each and every company that contributes to their organization, and every person as well. It’s a really good feeling knowing that they’re just as invested as you are.”
“This is just the start of our partnership, and the opportunities that lie ahead are endless,” said Bott. “Your engagement, enthusiasm, and dedication will be key to the success of our partnership.”
Make-A-Wish has 59 local chapters across the U.S. and a ton of virtual volunteer opportunities. There is no doubt about the success it will achieve – despite the challenges caused by the pandemic.
“We have been pursuing new and creative ways to bring the power of a wish to kids because hope can’t wait. By holding fundraising events or asking for donations, you can become a champion for a child who is waiting for their wish to come true,” said Bott.
“One of our biggest goals is to get people engaged, to get them to give back to their communities,” Gray said. “Whether it’s with Make-A-Wish or another charity, CES Cares is here to help the people who are already doing it and to try to ignite passion in people who aren’t by giving them the opportunity to get involved.”
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