Whirlpool raises $48K for Make-A-Wish

By KAITLIN GEBBY
Posted 8/23/19

More than 10 wishes will be  granted for sick children in East Tennessee through Whirlpool's donation of $48,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.For the last 23 years, Whirlpool has made it an …

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Whirlpool raises $48K for Make-A-Wish

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More than 10 wishes will be  granted for sick children in East Tennessee through Whirlpool's donation of $48,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

For the last 23 years, Whirlpool has made it an annual tradition to hold a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish. Each year, Whirlpool plans and hosts a silent auction and golf tournament to raise money for the organization, which is dedicated to granting the wishes of children and teens battling life-threatening illnesses. 

Having donated $60,000 for the 20th anniversary of the fundraising, Whirlpool’s $48,000 check was the second highest donation made by the company in recent memory, according to Whirlpool’s Jeremy Monger.

Monger said the 25th anniversary will be coming up soon, “and I think they can expect something bigger and better than we’ve ever done” in 2021. 

Planning for the 48-hour  fundraiser started in January. Kia Taylor said she and a group of other Whirlpool employees tasked with planning the two-day event started recruiting support as early and as often as they could. 

Whenever they traveled, they passed around flyers and promotional materials, asking businesses to donate to the silent auction event held in conjunction with a golf tournament to raise money for Make-A-Wish. On the day of the silent auction, the group worked from 5 a.m. to midnight. An exhausting day, but worth it. 

“So it takes a lot of time from the moment we come in until we leave. It's an all day situation,” she said. “Not all events are open to the community like this, and for a lot of reasons I think that’s what makes this event really special.” 

For Make-A-Wish, the money means about 10 wishes across East Tennessee will be granted for children facing life threatening illnesses.

Garrett Wagley, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish of East Tennessee, said wishes do wonders for kids battling the odds. 

When a granted wish is on the horizon, Wagley said kids “fight harder.” 

“Kids eat what they're supposed to eat. They take their medicine on time. They know there’s that hope out there,” he said. “And then after that, once you have your wish, and you see that that's possible. Well then anything is possible, you know, even beating my disease as possible.”

The company gave special thanks to their sponsors and donors, including Midsouth LSV, who donated a golf cart for the silent auction. 

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