50% of Sales Being Donated To Make-A-Wish Wisconsin!
May 22, 2020 -- MILWAUKEE -- MKE Bar Dice Co. today announced 50 percent of all sales are being donated to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin through a partnership with the organization’s young professionals group, the Young Wishmakers of Wisconsin (YWOW).
All funds raised will go directly to fulfilling a child’s wish to visit Aulani, a Disney resort and spa in Hawaii and the fundraiser will continue until the goal has been met.
“My cousin was a Wish Kid 20 years ago and I can’t overstate the profound importance of the Foundation’s work,” Said Marko Knezic, Founder of MKE Bar Dice Co. “The Bar Dice Co. raised $1,000 to support local restaurants last month and I’m hoping we can match or exceed that number by donating half of our holiday weekend revenue to help make Mycajah’s wish a reality.”
“So many fundraisers were canceled this spring and summer, so we are grateful for innovative ways people are continuing to help support our critical mission,” says Forrest Doolen, Director of Marketing and Communication at Make-A-Wish Wisconsin. “Partnerships like this one with the MKE Bar Dice Co. are offering hope to kids battling critical illnesses.”
An estimated 500 Wisconsin children will be diagnosed with a critical illness in 2020 and the emergence of COVID-19 creates additional dangers and concerns for families affected from these diagnoses, making Make-A-Wish’s mission more important than ever:
- 83% of adult former wish kids say they experienced improved physical health and strength
- 97% of adult former wish kids say they experienced improved mental health¹
- A combined 89% of nurses, doctors, social workers and child life specialists surveyed say they believe that the wish experience can influence wish kids’ physical health¹
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin has 450 wishes in its current pipeline for 2020, 150 of which have been delayed due to COVID-19 safety concerns. In addition, the pandemic has an estimated $2 million effect on incoming donations.
MKE Bar Dice Co.’s contributions to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin will be automatically applied to all sales made at www.BarDice.party, so there’s no need for purchasers to input a discount code to participate.
“This is a very simple and direct fundraiser,” Knezic said. “The average cost of a wish is about $12,000 and we hope that our level of commitment will inspire other people and businesses in Milwaukee to chip in, if they can.”
Individuals or corporations who would like to make a donation without purchasing a Bar Dice kit can do so by visiting site.wish.org/goto/dice.
About MKE Bar Dice Co.
MKE Bar Dice Co. is an independent small business bringing Bar Dice, one of Milwaukee’s favorite traditions, from taprooms to living rooms. More information about the company and the game are available at www.BarDice.party
About Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
Since our founding in 1984, more than 7,000 children and their families throughout the state have experienced the life-changing power of a wish. This year, Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin granted 396 wishes. And there is still more work to be done. More than 500 Wisconsin children will be diagnosed this year alone with a critical illness, qualifying them for a wish.
About Young Wish Makers Of Wisconsin
Young Wishmakers of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (YWOW) is a young professionals group working with Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin. We are designed to give each member a diverse and rewarding experience while working towards fulfilling the Make-A-Wish® mission of granting the wishes of children with critical illnesses to build the physical and emotional strength they need to battle their medical conditions.