MILWAUKEE — The Luxaire brand of Johnson Controls Inc. recently reached the milestone of granting its 500th wish to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Since 2001, Luxaire has donated more than $3.7 million to 23 chapters in the organization — enough to help grant 509 wishes made by children with critical illnesses.

“Reaching the 500-wish milestone is not about celebrating our achievement, but reflecting on the countless lives that are touched annually by the Make-A-Wish foundation,” said Liz Haggerty, vice president and general manager, Ducted Systems, Johnson Controls. “We are not only grateful for their efforts, but also want to recognize our contractor and distributor network who have generously donated to Make-A-Wish over the past 17 years.”

Luxaire donates on behalf of its distributors and contractors.

“We are proud to support Make-A-Wish and the families that benefit from their great work,” said Mike Gallagher, president, Design Air, an independent distributor of the Luxaire brand in Wisconsin. “This partnership provides meaning and perspective to the Design Air organization. It is our absolute pleasure to be affiliated with the Make-A-Wish team.”

Donations from Luxaire underwrite individual wishes, which currently average $10,000 per wish. This sponsorship helps to make the wishes of children with critical illnesses come true including: 5 year old Bianca, who was able to meet all her favorite princesses at Disney World; Hanna, 12, who swam with the dolphins on Paradise Island in the Bahamas; and Andrew, 18, who went ziplining, snorkeling, and fishing in Hawaii.

Other wishes granted with the help of Luxaire and its distributors include a trip to Paris, a snowy vacation in Colorado, swimming with sharks in Hawaii, digging for dinosaurs in Montana, bedroom makeover, and construction of a backyard castle. The sponsorship from Luxaire also helps to support fundraising activities by Make-A-Wish throughout the year. 

Publication date: 8/28/2018

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