Kretschmar® Premium Deli Meats & Cheeses partnered with Make-A-Wish® to help grant a young Pennsylvania boy’s wish. Michael, an 11-year-old fighting cerebral palsy, is a country music fan with the ultimate wish of attending the CMA Music Festival in Nashville.
“Kretschmar is committed to supporting the important efforts of Make-A-Wish, and helping to make wishes come true for children like Michael,” said Michael Baughman, Smithfield Foods director of marketing. “We are privileged to partner with Make-A-Wish to help make this unforgettable experience possible for him.”
Living with cerebral palsy is an ongoing challenge, but Michael maintains a positive outlook. When he is not listening to his favorite country music stars on the radio, he enjoys reading, camping, and spending time with his family.
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“Kretschmar went above and beyond to ensure Michael had a truly unforgettable wish experience,” said Kathy Forshey, Make-A-Wish America vice president of corporate alliances. “It is because of donors and sponsors like Kretschmar that we are able to continue granting more, and better wishes for Wish Kids nationwide.”
Since 2012, Kretschmar has contributed more than $650,000 to Make-A-Wish nationally, and sponsored more than 12 wishes with local chapters through the brand’s Legendary Wishes campaign.
With the help of retail partners, Kretschmar has raised more than $85,000 through sales of Make-A-Wish paper stars sold at stores’ registers for $1 donations, employee donations, and sandwich fundraisers. The brand gives these funds to local Make-A-Wish chapters to grant more wishes.