Mueller’s managing partner David J. Nissen said he asked Plote president Dan Plote for help brainstorm fund-raising ideas.
“Our firm had been a longtime supporter of Make-A-Wish Illinois and Dan’s company had been a very active supporter of a number of charities across Northern Illinois,” Nissen was quoted as saying in a community news story in The Chicago Tribune. “We were looking for a fundraising vehicle that would engage employees from both companies to benefit a deserving charity, give back to our local community, and provide a fun and enjoyable event for all the participants and supporters. We agreed that Make-A-Wish Illinois and its mission of fulfilling wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions was the perfect partner for us.”
“Bowling for Wishes” and worked closely with Make-A-Wish Illinois officials to establish web site awareness pages and host the fundraising event at Pin Stripes Bowling in Barrington on Jan. 9. “Organizers had custom bowling shirts created for participants and supporters and commemorative bowling pins made for top fundraisers, as well as organizing a silent auction featuring golf packages, Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks game tickets and gift certificates from local merchants,” writer William Keegan reported.
“It was very heartening to see all the wonderful collaboration between Mueller and Plote employees in organizing the event and exceeding our fundraising goal,” said Nissen.
In the end, the initiative raised, $60,000, with more than 200 participants and supporters on hand to help generate $10,000 for each of the six granted wishes.
Nissen said that Mueller is already planning for an even larger “Make-A-Wish” fundraising event with other Chicago-area companies in 2016. “We were extremely pleased with the outcome of ‘Bowling for Wishes’ and look forward to continuing our terrific partnership with the organization.”