Representatives from Johnson Controls, its Luxaire distributor Design Air and Luxaire contractor Capital Heating & Cooling joined families, business leaders, community members and Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin staff, board members, volunteers and wish families as they celebrated the grand opening of the new Make-A-Wish Wisconsin offices in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, on June 2.
Among the many businesses that contributed to the new office space, Design Air, in cooperation with Johnson Controls and its Luxaire brand of heating and air-conditioning equipment, donated a significant portion of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system for the offices. Additionally, Capital Heating & Cooling completed the installation of two Luxaire packaged heating and cooling units, ductwork for the units and a Luxaire ductless mini-split system.
The Luxaire brand of Johnson Controls has donated more than $3 million nationally to Make-A-Wish®. Along with the support of Design Air, Capital Heating & Cooling and other Luxaire distributors and contractors, Johnson Controls has helped to grant 458 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
“We are very proud of the commitment we’ve been able to make to Make-A-Wish over the past 15 years,” said Steve Hoffins, director of marketing, Unitary Products, Johnson Controls. “It’s especially heartwarming to know that our contributions are supporting children and their families in many of the communities where we live and work.”
One of those children, four-year-old Natalie, is the daughter of Capital Heating & Cooling HVAC installer Joe Brensinger. A year ago, Natalie’s wish to visit the Florida theme parks was granted through Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, and she and her parents made the trip to Florida in May.
“It was a trip we’ll never forget and a reminder of the many caring people I work with,” said Brensinger. “It means more than I can put into words to work for a company that supports an organization like Make-A-Wish. I can tell you from personal experience that Make-A-Wish is definitely a good cause, and supporting it is just the right thing to do.”
The Brensinger family attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony in Wauwatosa and participated in the presentation of a $5,000 check to Make-A-Wish from Capital Heating & Cooling.
“The check isn’t about Capital Heating & Cooling,” said Jason Fox, owner of the HVAC company that services much of southeastern Wisconsin. “It’s about children like Natalie, employees like Joe and all the families whose lives are forever changed by the generosity of strangers and the granting of wishes.”
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin opened its doors in 1984, granting its first wish to 11-year-old Catina, who wished to meet Michael Jackson. It has now granted more than 5,600 wishes to children across the state of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin chapter has grown from granting 38 wishes a year to more than 365 anticipated wishes this year alone.
The move to Wauwatosa will allow the chapter to move closer to its goal of granting the wish of every Wisconsin child who is medically eligible to participate in the wish-granting program.
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