Bond Auto Parts has teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We do many things throughout the year to help out the local chapters, such as drop boxes in our stores, selling of Wish Clouds, Team Member payroll contributions, the Walk For Wishes, and much, much more.

The Make-A-Wish Walk for Wishes will be held in 2 locations this year on weekend of September 15th & 16th. This event will raise awareness and funds for wish children throughout the state of Vermont.

This event has been very popular and we are the title sponsor for the 8th year in a row!! Our hope is to provide a challenging and rewarding opportunity for all who participate. It is an event to raise funds for wishes for the growing number of children in Vermont who are living with life-threatening illnesses.

There are two events happening on the same day in different parts of Vermont. The Burlington area event takes place at Oakledge Park on the waterfront and utilizes the bike path. This event has all kinds of activities for everyone. It kicks off with a 5 mile walk; then has lunch and activities. The other event takes place in Grafton, Vermont. This also is a day packed with all kinds of events and activities to participate in.

The minimum pledge per walker, to participate in this event, is $500. This event raised over $150,000 including in-kind donations last year. We are hoping for 75 walkers in 2012.

Bond Auto Parts has challenged each one of our stores to send a least one registered walker to this event. If you’d like to help our your local Bond Auto Parts store raise their $500, stop in and make a pledge.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont was established as a chapter in 1989. To date, they are proud to say that have over 475 wishes granted to children in Vermont. They are one of 67 chapters nationally and 21 internationally. The Vermont chapter is a 501c3 organization. They grant wishes to children between the ages of 2½ and 18.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

People everywhere will SHARE THE POWER OF A WISH.

In Vermont, Make-A-Wish expects to grant between 40-50 wishes in a fiscal year. Each child determines what their wish will be, ranging from playhouse to trips to Disney, even an African Safari. The wishes are as unique as each child.

Currently, the average wish cost is approximately $10,000, although, wishes are not limited unless the cost of the wish will have a detrimental effect on the financial security of the chapter.

Click Here if you would like to go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation website.

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