After initial discussions, it was soon wheels up: Allegiant generously donated a 7,000 square foot office building to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada. Allegiant has been a part of the Make-A-Wish family nationally for more than five years, having provided nearly 800 flights to wish destinations, raising funds through the sale of Wingz Kids Snack Packs in flight, and sponsoring Walk For Wishes® events across the country.
For a $1 per year lease, Make-A-Wish has a colorful and lively workspace, explicitly designed to create a magical place for wishes to come true. The Wishing Place will not only be headquarters to all the work of the non-profit organization, but it will also be a spot where Wish Kids and their families alike can visit for hope, warmth, and inspiration during illness and recovery. Following a $1.5 million renovation and collaborations with multiple partners, The Wishing Place celebrated its official Grand Opening on February 10, 2017.
Thanks to the kindness of Allegiant and many others, we have effectively eliminated a significant line item in our budget—this means more than $100,000 in annual rent expense will be redirected toward granting more wishes. Also, one of the best parts about being on Allegiant’s campus is the capability to cultivate an even stronger relationship with Allegiant team members as ambassadors and volunteers of our mission to grant wishes. One of the rooms in The Wishing Place is named "The Allegiant Volunteer Hangar"; one of its walls is adorned with words that Allegiant employees listed to describe our partnership: joy, magical and inspiring.
Other donors and partners who contributed to the redesign of The Wishing Place include the architectural firm of Simpson.Coulter Studio, Henderson Engineering, Wright Engineers, Justin & Jessica Kalb and Shannon Fore who donated design services, Martin Harris Construction, One Stop 4 Flooring, YESCO, and Artistic Iron.