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“The moment we visited the Make-A-Wish Castle, and heard the stories, we were 100 percent committed. Knowing that the efforts of Valcourt and the Business Development Alliance will help make a child’s wish come true is nothing short of moving.”
— Dane Sprague, Valcourt Building Services
Getting together for the industry and the community has long been a goal of the New Jersey team at Valcourt Building Services, and the Business Development Alliance (BDA). This group of leading organizations includes Valcourt, Planned Companies, City Fire, Liberty Elevator, Cooper Pest, and Lawns by Yorkshire — all committed to routinely host industry functions and educational seminars throughout the year. In 2019, giving back to the community ranked high again for the group, so they set their sights on a much more impactful way to engage with their clients and colleagues. Valcourt’s Brian Keenan had a noble idea to reach out to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, and see if there was a way for the BDA to pitch in. After an emotionally moving tour of the “castle,” the BDA instantly set out to raise $10,000 — the average cost for Make-A-Wish to fulfill a dream for the family of a child with a critical illness.
So, now with a goal of $10k, how do you raise it? Commitment. Throughout the year, Valcourt and the BDA partners hosted happy hours, golf outings and other industry events, inching closer and closer to their goal. On August 14, Valcourt joined the Make-A-Wish Foundation at a special event, and along with the BDA, presented a check for $10,000! Over a decade ago, Valcourt helped found the BDA, which is a networking group that unites best-in-class service providers in the area’s commercial real estate industry. Beyond the professional impact we’ve had, it’s heartwarming to know that the BDA is changing lives on a personal level, too.
On behalf of the BDA team, Valcourt wants to again thank Make-A-Wish for their mission of affording children and their families the opportunity to smile in the face of hardship, plus a big salute to the clients and industry friends who attended the events and supported our $10k mission to grant a wish.