Employees grant Make-a-Wish to Tokyo
Conway Corporation employees donated to grant a wish through the Make-a-Wish Foundation and surprised seventeen-year-old Kortnei and her family last week with a trip to Tokyo, Japan.
Kortnei and her family arrived at the Conway Corporation business office last week where she was greeted by Conway Corporation employees and more than a dozen family members – some who had come from neighboring states to take part in the celebration. Kortnei had no idea why she was at the office but soon discovered she was getting the trip of a lifetime to see the sights and fashion of Japan during her school spring break in a little more than a week.
That afternoon, Kortnei was also treated to a party complete with her favorite foods and a Japanese-inspired photo shoot with professional photographer Mike Kemp to jumpstart her dreams of being a fashion model.
Conway Corporation employees donate to the organization from their personal paychecks throughout the year to help fund wishes for children in the Conway community who have a life-threatening medical condition. Through their giving, six wishes have been funded and more than $33,000 has been raised to benefit Make-a-Wish Mid-South.
“Volunteering is one of the great things about being a local company. Our employees not only care about our customers, but about the community we all share,” Conway Corporation CEO Richard Arnold said. “I am proud to be a part of our great community and very proud to work with such a generous group of people.”
According to a study conducted by Make-A-Wish America, ninety-five percent or more of volunteers and wish parents agreed that a wish experience contributes to improvements in wish children’s mental and emotional health by producing a positive outlook characterized by hope, joy and happiness.
“Conway Corporation is a local company, making a difference in the life of a child in their own community,” Amy Westlake, Arkansas Development Coordinator for Make-A-Wish Mid-South, said. “Kortnei’s had such an amazing day and it was all because of the generosity of Conway Corporation’s employees. That is one of great things about sponsoring a wish – the employees actually get to see how their hard work and generosity benefit a child with a life-threatening medical condition.”