Gault helps boy’s ‘Make-A-Wish’ come true
Published 7:57 am, Sunday, June 28, 2015
Seven-year-old Connor Armstrong loves the Food Network where he can watch his favorite celebrity chef, Bobby Flay. So when the Make-A-Wish Connecticut organization granted his wish for a family vacation, Connor, who is battling a life-threatening illness, knew where he wanted to go: the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.
That’s where Flay has a restaurant called Mesa Grill, Connor’s mother Melanie Armstrong said last week. She said their vacation at the resort — during spring break in March — also gave Connor the chance to swim with the dolphins, relax in the tropical sun and, most important, have the chance to be a kid again.
“It was a welcome break,” she said. “You don’t think about vacations when you have a sick kid in the house.”
Connor’s wish came true, thanks to funds raised by Westport-based Gault Energy for Make-A-Wish Connecticut.
The company launched its “Dollars for Dreams” fundraising campaign a little more than a year ago to support the wish-granting organization.
“As a parent, I believe that every child deserves a childhood that is filled with love and laughter,” said Sam Gault, company president. “And when a child is battling a life-threatening illness, it’s up to all of us to do what we can to give that child a much-needed boost and a reason to smile.”
Gault and his employees hosted a family-style barbecue last week for Connor, who has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and his family, to celebrate the granting of Connor’s wish.
At the event, Gault also thanked his 100 employees, who contributed more than $5,000 to help the company reach its first “Dollars for Dreams” milestone to send Connor and his family, who live in Stamford, on the Bahamas vacation.
“We’re so happy to welcome Connor and his family to our company home today and to introduce them to our family of employees, whose contributions made it possible for Connor and his family to enjoy a fun-filled vacation as he continues his medical treatment,” Gault said.
Connor is half-way through the treatment needed to treat his disease, his mother said. “He’s considered in remission,” she said, adding Connor was very sick in January and the Armstrongs weren’t sure they could make the March vacation. “But he did and it went very well,” she said. “There were nothing but positives.”
With the average cost of granting each wish approaching $10,000, Make-A-Wish Connecticut Development Director Kim Smith said that the non-profit depends on the generosity of supporters, like Gault Energy, to help raise much-needed funds to grant these wishes, and also to enrich each child's Make-A-Wish experience with hope, strength and joy.
“We are incredibly grateful to Gault Energy for their partnership and their annual support and friendship in making wishes come true,” Smith said. She added the company has supported the organization in many ways and has “shown their dedication to our mission throughout the year.”
Make-A-Wish Connecticut fulfills about 150 wishes each year to children across the state battling life-threatening conditions. Gault said that the company’s “Dollars for Dreams” fundraising campaign is now focused on fulfilling more wishes for children facing the same struggles.
To kick off the next phase of the campaign, the company will donate a penny for every gallon of propane delivered from the company’s Make-A-Wish truck to Make-A-Wish Connecticut, Gault said.
“We’re proud to support Make-A-Wish Connecticut and know that we can count on Fairfield County residents and businesses and, of course, our generous employees, to join us in this ongoing fundraising effort,” Gault added.
Visit www.gaultenergy.com/makeawish for more information or to make a donation.