California dealership and Make-A-Wish surprise local youth with trip to Hawaii
Capitol Subaru in San Jose, Calif., part of Del Grande Dealer Group, partnered with Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area to throw a surprise beach-themed party at the retailer’s showroom to reveal to a local Hayward youth that his life-changing wish to travel to Hawaii with his family was coming true.
Moises De Paz, a 20-year-old with end-stage kidney disease, thought he was going out to run errands with his sister-in-law. Instead, he was surprised by the Make-A-Wish team, Subaru partners, family and friends, with a beach-themed bash at Capitol Subaru to celebrate the granting of his wish.
The reveal event included a hula performance by the Legacies of the Pacific along with a Kona Ice truck and his favorite snacks.
“We know how physically and emotionally difficult medical treatments can be for children and their families,” Capitol Subaru general sales manager Fernando Roque said in a news release. “We hope our efforts can provide young people like Moises with strength and positivity to fight against a critical illness.”
DGDG CEO Jeremy Beaver said Capitol Subaru has partnered with Make-A-Wish since 2011, “and we are grateful for our longtime partnership that allows us to help grant wishes for deserving wish kids.”
Del Grande Dealer Group, Northern California’s largest family-owned automotive group with 19 dealerships, supports its local communities year-round through DGDG Does Good, the organization’s charitable arm.
Through financial contributions, collaborations with nonprofit organizations and employee volunteerism, DGDG Does Good works to brings positive lasting change to the community. That includes nearly $1 million in donations to worthy causes and recipients.
“We are incredibly thankful for the ongoing support from DGDG’s Capitol Subaru,” Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area CEO Betsy Biern said. “It’s thanks to our community partners that we are able to bring hope and joy to wish kids like Moises and transform lives in the community, one wish at a time.”
Capitol Subaru is one of a dozen Subaru retailers across the country helping grant children’s wishes over the span of one week as part of a national “Week of Wishes” initiative.
Through the annual Subaru Share the Love Event holiday campaign, more than 600 Subaru retailers across the country partner with Make-A-Wish to support children and families impacted by critical illness. Since 2011, Subaru of America and its participating retailers have donated more than $32 million, helping grant 3,300 wishes in the U.S.