Though all of the work we do at ABCO is important, there’s nothing quite like giving back to the community that has given so much to us. Through our involvement with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and charity-driven events such as our Annual Dream Classic Golf Tournament, we’ve been able to touch the lives of young children throughout the New York state area—a gift that keeps on giving for ABCO, our sponsoring manufacturers, and our contributors.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation
Michael Senter, the CEO of ABCO, is also Chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Metro New York and Western New York Chapters, and he knows from his long-time involvement how significant the charity’s impact can be on children living with life-threatening illnesses. Founded in 1980, Make-A-Wish is the world’s largest wish-granting organization, and has granted more than 27,000 wishes to children in New York state alone.
Since becoming involved with the organization in 2002, ABCO has raised approximately $1.4 million dollars for the organization through the contributions of its members and supporting community. “What makes Make-A-Wish so spectacular is how intimate it is,” says Senter. “The families that Make-A-Wish touches…are facing [their] worst nightmare: a child who has a life-threatening illness.”
The Dream Classic
Celebrating its third annual incarnation in 2015, ABCO’s sponsored Dream Classic, a golf event presented with the partnership of 21 HVACR manufactures, including Presenting Sponsor Luxaire and Title Sponsors Mitsubishi, DuPont & Bohn/Heatcraft, has become a centerpiece of our involvement with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
In what’s quickly become a fun-filled tradition, the day begins with a welcome brunch, which quickly transitions into entertainment provided by Dan Boever, an entertainer and former Long Drive Champion who invites the audience to join him in a trick shot competition. Then the nearly one hundred golfers team up in foursomes and hit the links, engaging in friendly competition across the scenic 18 holes of the top-rated Quaker Ridge course.
A Reason to Come Together
Fun-filled, sunny, and relaxing, visitors easily lose themselves in the enjoyment of the day, but Pat Clemency, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish New York, made sure to take a moment at last year’s event to remind participants of the broader meaning of their contributions after the 2nd Annual Dream Classic raised $140,000 for the organization.
“I come with a profound thanks to the entire organization,” said Clemency. “So much of what has happened in this partnership with ABCO … has really allowed our kids to imagine the future. It allows them to imagine a world beyond illness.”