The Luxaire® brand of residential and light-commercial HVAC equipment recently sponsored the Fourth Annual Runway Wishes Fashion Show. The event raised more than $6,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Kansas, including a $2,000 donation from Luxaire Heating & Air Conditioning.
More than 80 guests enjoyed the show, which highlighted new trends from the finest boutiques and fashion outlets in Wichita for the fall and holiday seasons. Also, guests participated in a silent auction of jewelry, beauty items and spa packages.
“The event was fun, informative and made me want to give more,” said Krista Gard. The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted her daughter Ayla’s wish to visit Walt Disney World® Resort. During the event’s intermission, Gard spoke about the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s impact on her family and expressed thanks for such a beneficial event.
Several wish kids and their family members were fashion models for the event, along with Miss Kansas 2010 Lauren Werhan and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Kansas board members and volunteers. Television personality Sierra Scott was the show’s emcee.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Kansas serves 99 of 105 counties in Kansas and grants about 65 wishes a year. “Having Luxaire as a sponsor of the Runway Wishes Fashion Show enables us to grant more wishes in our territory,” said Ashley Scheideman, interim executive director and director of program services.
Luxaire’s sponsorship of the Make-A-Wish Foundation began in 2001 and has resulted in donations totaling more than $2 million. The most recent agreement between the two organizations extends the relationship into 2011 and commits $675,000 in Luxaire contributions over three years to the national program.
“Events like the Runway Wishes Fashion Show make a huge difference in the lives of children and their families,” said Mary Mocarski, Luxaire brand manager. “Luxaire dealers and distributors are proud to join Make-A-Wish® chapters in these types of fundraising activities.”