GATX’s partnership with Make-A-Wish® Illinois started with employee giving, more than two decades ago. Since then, through employee and corporate contributions, we have given more than $4 million to support the organization's mission to grant wishes to children of Illinois with life-threatening conditions. These donations make us the largest single corporate donor to Make-A-Wish® Illinois.
"I am thrilled that GATX's employees continue to support this organization in such an enthusiastic way. It is heartwarming to see the positive impact Make-A-Wish® has on these children and their families. My only wish is that we could do more," said Brian Kenney, President and CEO of GATX.
Each year, GATX uses the charitable giving as an opportunity to have fun and build morale among all of our employees through a fundraiser filled with raffles, team events, and themed parties with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® of Illinois. Staying connected to the mission of the charitable organization is important for GATX leadership and employees. We also host Wish Children and their families each year at our fundraiser kickoff, giving these guests and our employees an opportunity to meet and build a relationship.
"In working with GATX over these past several years, we've found a very compassionate group of people who have helped to change so many lives through their support of our wish-granting efforts," said Stephanie Springs, Chief Executive Officer Make-A-Wish® Illinois. "This is truly an example of a caring corporate partnership. With their help, we look forward to granting wishes to Illinois children for many, many more years to come."
Our employees continually rise to the occasion to support a great cause through their fundraising efforts and we look forward to the opportunity to support the wish granting mission well into the future.