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Nelson Reveals Wish at East Bay Walk for Wishes

Posted On08/07/2017

ContributorTracy Fischer

Nelson is proud to support a wide variety of community philanthropic initiatives, including the 2017 Walk for Wishes events benefiting Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area. We’re proud that not only is our company a presenting sponsor of all three 2017 Bay Area Walk for Wishes events, but our teams also embraced the cause – partnering with others in our communities to band together to support Make-A-Wish both at the corporate and grassroots community level. 

The first 2017 Walk for Wishes took place on Saturday, August 5th, in San Ramon. This East Bay Walk for Wishes was a huge success! The event exceeded its original $75,000 fundraising goal, raising more than $92,000 so far to grant wishes to children with critical illnesses. Nelson’s East Bay Walk for Wishes team, the Golden State Wish Warriors, raised more than $10,300.

For nearly everyone who attended, the highlight of the morning was the moment when Nelson was able to tell a special young man that his wish was coming true. Carter, age 10, wished to serve his country and go through U.S. Air Force pilot training in Hawaii. Both of Carter’s grandparents served in the armed forces, and having the opportunity to serve his country means a lot to Carter.

Nelson welcomed a C-5 instructor pilot from the United States Air Force to help us tell Carter his wish was being granted. Watch the video below to share the moment when Carter learns he will be traveling to Hawaii for a once-in-a-lifetime U.S. Air Force experience.

A huge thank-you to everyone who donated, volunteered, and walked to help Nelson make wishes come true through our partnership with Make-A-Wish. If you weren’t able to join us in our support of Walk for Wishes East Bay, it’s not too late! Fundraising for the Golden State Wish Warriors will remain open through the end of the month. Nelson will also be participating in two other upcoming Bay Area Walk for Wishes events, on August 12 in Petaluma and August 19 in Mountain View. Please join us!

We look forward to sharing fundraising totals and more event updates from the next two Walk for Wishes events very soon!

Event-day photos: 

Co-captain of Nelson’s Golden State Wish Warriors Team, Alex Maturin (right), signs the “big check” celebrating the team’s fundraising total with Nelson EVP Joe Madigan looking on.

Signing the large fundraising check

The Courageous Carter Club, Carter’s team of friends and family members, celebrates the news that Carter’s wish will be coming true!