Raising money for Make-A-Wish with Wheels, Wings & Wishes!
How It All Started...
Back in the fall of 2014, while working at Glassworks, a classic Corvette restoration shop, I found a deal on a 1980 Corvette that I couldn't pass up. I have a friend that has a few classic and collector cars that wanted to see it because he also had a Corvette at one time. But with winter closing in, our schedules never gave us time to meet up for him to check it out.
In the spring of 2015, I posted on Facebook that Big Shot Bob's had moved up to my #1 favorite wing place. This is where an argument between friends started. Instead of arguing back and forth, we decided maybe it would be a good idea to meet at one spot and bring our show cars and an order of our favorite wings for each other to try. We decided to hold our get together at Settlers Cabin Park in Robison Township in mid July, 2015.
Unbeknownst to everyone else, I contacted Make-A-Wish and asked them if they would be interested in sponsoring us and any money we made would be donated to them. They said absolutely and even said they could send a couple wish kids to spend the day with us at the event. I informed my friends of my secret phone call and they all were on board with my idea.
We decided that we were going to give these kids an experience at a car show they never thought possible. Any show car at this event had an open door policy, which meant they could take a ride in any of them! What happened that day was truly magical. Smiles from ear to ear, full bellies of delicious wings, a parking lot full of new and classic cars and $3,300 raised for Make-A-Wish! After the event we realized that we created something that was going to be bigger than anything any of us has ever done.
What We Achieved
The first year, Wheels, Wings & Wishes raised $3,300 for Make-A-Wish through donations and an auction; in 2016, the event raised $10,000 for the organization that grants wishes for children diagnosed with a critical illnesses. In 2017 we completely smashed our previous years by raising $13,600 to personally grant three wishes to area wish kids! 2018 brought us a new venue and the ability to adjust our event to be more family-oriented. With the help of the community, family & friends and our volunteers we not only set a record, but we raised more at this event than we have the past three years combined! This year’s check to Make-A-Wish was a total of $28,400! Enough to grant six wishes!
About Our Event
All proceeds go to Make-A-Wish to help grant "wishes" for children with critical illnesses.