Denver, CO – October 2021
Great Western is #CommittedtoColorado and is dedicated to the safety and well-being of the communities in which we live and work. As part of that commitment, Great Western has had a multi-year partnership with Make-A-Wish Colorado in their effort to support Colorado families during health challenges.
In 2021, our Community Investment Team worked closely with Make-A-Wish to understand the needs of Coloradans, particularly against the backdrop of the challenges that all organizations have faced throughout the course of our pandemic. As the team learned that 55 children in our communities were on the waitlist for Make-A-Wish Colorado, Community Investment Team member and Production Manager Tim Musgrave knew hecould do something to ensure those wishes were granted as soon as possible.
Musgrave’s commitment to Make-A-Wish began in 2018, when he worked with his peers both within and outside of Great Western to help raise funds to grant wishes for 13 deserving children. Musgrave also had the opportunity to work with Roosevelt High School in Johnstown when they sponsored a local child’s wish in early 2020. This child hit close to home because the girl had gone to the same elementary school as Musgrave’s daughter. After witnessing the powerful life-changing impact that granted wish had on children battling a critical illness, Musgrave planned to repeat his effort in 2021.
Tim took the lead on our efforts in 2021, and once again learned he again had a personal connection to one child waiting for his wish. Not only did Musgrave and his family know the little boy, Xander, through their 4-H program, he and his family are neighbors to his extended family. Xander is a six-year-old from Northglenn, who is battling leukemia.
Over the course of the summer, Tim reached out to his peers and proposed a fundraising campaign to challenge oil and gas service companies in the area to join Great Western in funding the wish of a child. Thirteen companies responded, including Black Label Services, Jacam Catalyst, Mundt Energy Services, Precision Service Equipment, Rival Services, S&R Compression, Zivaro Inc., Rapid Energy Solutions, Wright Choice and Silverline Services.
Tim worked closely with Make-A-Wish Colorado to match up each company with a child in their area to keep a local, close-to-home connection. Through our peer companies’ support, and with Tim’s determination, we are pleased to share that the campaign raised over $80,000 to grant the wishes of eleven deserving children in Adams and Weld County who have critical illnesses.
Join us as we follow the journey of these families—for the next 11 weeks, Great Western will highlight a story of a Make-A-Wish Colorado family during our “Make A Wish Monday” campaign. Follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook to learn more.
If you are as touched as we are by these stories, there are still more children waiting to have their wishes granted. Visit the fundraising website to learn more about these kids and find out how you can help.
Please join us in celebrating Tim’s #CommitmentToColorado and his leadership in action in supporting our communities.