April 17, 2017
Houston – Transwestern today announces it raised more than $184,000 for Make-A-Wish® in less than a year, allowing the charity to fulfill the wishes of 18 children with life-threatening medical conditions. The resounding success of the partnership has prompted Transwestern to recommit to Make-A-Wish for another year.
“Giving back to causes near and dear to each of us has always been an important part of Transwestern’s culture,” said Chip Clarke, President │ Americas. “By uniting in support of a common purpose, we experienced an outpouring of creativity and camaraderie across geographies and service lines. The response from our team members – both financially and through their time and talent – makes me enormously proud to be part of the Transwestern family.”
Transwestern’s fundraising efforts contributed to granting wishes for Ruth, a 14-year-old girl from Falls Church, Va., and Yasaar, a 14-year-old boy from Houston. Ruth’s wish was to visit Australia, courtesy of Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, where she toured the Sydney Opera House, relaxed on the beach and met a koala. Yasaar’s wish to see “Hamilton” live on Broadway is currently in progress.
“We are extremely grateful to have partners like Transwestern that help us grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses,” said David Williams, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “It is only through their dedicated efforts that wish kids are able to experience the transformational effects of a wish-come-true.”
In addition to a nationwide casual dress day where team members paid $5 to wear jeans to the office, Transwestern offices held a multitude of creative fundraising events, including happy hours, stair climbs and more. To see photos from the fundraising events, go to http://twurls.com/make-a-wish-photos.
To support its recommitment, Transwestern plans to work with its tenants, vendors and owner clients to organize local fundraising events during the month of May, as well as participate in Walk for Wishes events throughout the year.
Transwestern’s national partnership with Make-A-Wish was recommended by Transwestern’s Emerging Leaders Council, which comprises 22 of the firm’s up-and-coming professionals.
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Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 33,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 34 minutes. It has granted more than 285,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 15,300 in 2016 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.