Pennsylvania-based D&H Distributing has partnered with Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware and Susquehanna Valley to facilitate wishes for children across Dauphin County, Pa., for a full year beginning in April 2020, ensuring that all of the year’s granted wishes – estimated to amount to more than a dozen - will be funded. The company’s headquarters have been in the county for nearly 70 years.
The distributor worked with Make-A-Wish in 2018, sponsoring a trip to Universal Studios for Max, a Lancaster, Pa., 13-year-old with a neuromuscular disorder, and his family. Max and family members were on hand at the Dauphin County Offices on June 17 this year for the new partnership announcement at a celebration ceremony. The event was attended by D&H Co-Presidents Dan Schwab and Michael Schwab; Dennis J. Heron, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware and Susquehanna Valley; and three Dauphin County Commissioners: Hon. Jeff Haste, Mike Pries, and George P. Hartwick, III.
Wish-kid Max vacationed at Universal Studios, courtesy of Make-A-Wish, after a D&H-held wish reveal event for him and his family attended by more than 700 of D&H’s local co-owners/employees at the company’s headquarters last October.
“Since sponsoring Max was such a rewarding experience, D&H was eager to find a way to accommodate more wishes for the young people involved with Make-A-Wish,” said Dan Schwab. “We’re thrilled for the opportunity to support additional projects with this foundation, creating uplifting experiences for children that help distract from their conditions and provide some vital, positive encouragement in their lives.”
“As a company with an extended history in our area, D&H is looking to reinforce its commitment to Dauphin County,” said Michael Schwab. “We therefore also hope our involvement helps to enhance awareness of Make-A-Wish, in this county and throughout the Harrisburg business community. Thanks go to Max for his inspiration.”
“For many years we have had a cadre of exceptional donors and volunteers doing extraordinary work in Dauphin County on our behalf, but year after year the number of children awaiting wishes exceeded our ability to fund them all. D&H is going to close that gap,” Dennis J. Heron, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley, said.