MILWAUKEE — The Luxaire brand of Johnson Controls, in partnership with distributor ABCO HVACR Supply + Solutions, was a sponsor of the recent Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York Power of a Wish gala.

The annual gala, held in New York City, raised $1.7 million to support the organization’s mission of creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Actor Kenan Thompson hosted the event, which featured performances by several talented Make-A-Wish wish children. ABCO HVACR Supply + Solutions CEO Michael Senter served on the Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York Board of Directors from 2002-2016, serving as Board Chair from 2014-2016.

Luxaire heating and air conditioning is the only sponsor in the HVAC category that supports the organization on a national level and the only alliance that donates on behalf of its distributors and contractors.

Make-A-Wish grants a wish of a child with a critical illness every 34 minutes, on average, somewhere in the country. Luxaire and its distributors help make those wishes a reality, giving wish children the emotional strength they need to fight their illnesses. Since 2001, Luxaire has donated more than $4 million to 23 Make-A-Wish chapters across the country.

“We are so grateful for all of our supporters, including Luxaire, for their generosity and contribution to making this year’s gala a success,” said Phil Lussier, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York. “Raising $1.7 million brings us closer to our goal of reaching every eligible child in our communities, helping even more children replace fear with confidence, anxiety with hope and sadness with joy.”

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