Wespac Construction's Music Festival raises nearly $200K
Amazement at the family style atmosphere is the best way to sum up Roberts view of the entire project and how everyone within the company who wants to plays a major role in the event.
“Previously, I figured Wespac just paid for everything,” he says. “I did not realize every worker is part of the Wespac family. It is easily overlooked as Wespac does not pat themselves on the back for this volunteer effort. The way I see it is that it is more money to donate to charity and the gifts to charity and the awesome community atmosphere are very cool things, but they are truly just bi-products of the worlds largest team building effort.”
The volunteer attitude among employees flows over in how the construction business is run as well, Roberts says.
“It starts from the top with John Largay and trickles down to every employee,” he says. “It is truly a special place and I am blessed to be a part of it.”
The charities involved with the festival include Phoenix Children’s Hospital and UMOM New Day Centers which is the largest homeless shelter for families in Arizona.
Patricia Barney, special events coordinator for Phoenix Children’s Hospital said it is great to see a local business giving back locally and Wespac is truly making a difference in the lives of the children in the community.
“Phoenix Children’s Hospital has been lucky to be one of the beneficiaries of this amazing music festival for the past three years,” she says. “Wespac has raised more than $50,000 for the Hope fund and that doesn’t include the money from this year.”
The Hope fund is is the most flexible and valuable way donors can donate to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Barney says.
“It allows us to meet new challenges and take advantage of opportunities when they arise,” she says. “The Hope Fund helps us launch critical new programs, purchase essential equipment, conduct cutting-edge research, provide charitable care to patients that can not pay their bills and much more.”
The power of unrestricted giving through The Hope Fund is immeasurable and it ensure that support is available when and where it is needed most so Phoenix Children’s Hospital can continue to enhance the care provided to patients, Barney says.
“Wespac has been an amazing partner and we really appreciate local businesses like Wespac supporting local charities like the Phoenix Children’s Hospital,” Barney says.
One example the charitable contributions from the festival help individuals at the hospital is the story of Danielle and Gabby, identical twin sisters born prematurely who both suffered from chronic phenomena and respiratory failure. Both girls were diagnosed with craniosynostosis, in which they both had to have reconstructive surgery to pull the skin back from the skull.
Danielle has scoliosis and will be undergoing surgery this summer. She goes to school now and receives breathing treatments three to four times a day. Her sister Gabby passed away in June 2012 and her mother said it has been very lonely for her since.
Jessica Palacio, director of marketing for UMOM, said the organization has worked with Wespac and the festival for the past three years and has raised over $30,000.
“The money donated by the McDowell Mountain Music Festival goes straight to UMOM’s programs to provide shelter and services for homeless families,” she says. “UMOM is the largest provider of shelter for families in the state.”
The money donated to UMOM makes an impact on the shelter and the services provided by the organization.
“If we did not receive the funds from the festival, our team would have to look at other ways of fundraising to make up that money,” Palacio says. “Each and every dollar we receive is essential to help the most vulnerable families in our community.”
Palacio says UMOM is fortunate to have the partnership with Wespac and is hopeful that it will continue for years to come.
“They have worked and volunteered a lot of hours on the festival to make it great and have a solid financial impact for both UMOM and PCH,” she says.
Largay said before the festival that Wespac hoped to raise more than $200,000. Although they fell a bit short of that goal—about $160,000—they anticipate an even bigger 2016.