Golden State Collision Centers, Inc. was contacted by the Sacramento Make-a-Wish chapter in the fall of 2011 to ask for assistance in granting this wish for Alex. A native of Russia and local West Sacramento resident, Alex suffers from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The wish project was put on hold, however, as one thing had to happen first – he needed to get his California driver’s license. Golden State Collision Centers collaborated with numerous businesses in order to completely restore the vehicle. Repairs included a complete paint color change, body work, new upholstery, stereo and glass installation, and new wheels.
“We were approached by volunteers of the local Make-a-Wish chapter to help out on Alex’s wish to refurbish and recondition his 1993 BMW. As a company, we are always in search of ways to help our community and its members. When we heard about this wish, we jumped on board to spearhead the refurbishment of Alex’s vehicle,” said Dave Finkelstein, owner of Golden State Collision Centers, Inc. “We are delighted to partner with the Sacramento chapter of Make-a-Wish in making this wish come true."
According to Rebecca Endres, Customer Relations Manager with Golden State Collision Centers, "Approximately $15,000 went into the transformation and there were many local businesses who helped in this project. Alex was extremely grateful and very emotional at the time of the reveal. I think he was also shocked at how many community and business leaders showed up at this amazing event."
Finkelstein said this idea has blossomed into Golden State’s “Make-a-Wish in May” campaign, "an annual, month-long program advocating the Sacramento Chapter of Make-a-Wish and designed to benefit multiple local families in making wishes come true," said Finkelstein. "Our hopes are that our 2012 contribution of $5,650 resulting from this campaign will provide multiple benefits for the families served by the Sacramento Make-a-Wish chapter.”
Local vendors included Tow Pros, Marco Muffler, AutoCare by Kenely, Fine Line Trim, Keystone/LKQ, Car Quest, Marvelous Tint Solutions, Aero Mobile Lock, Valley Motor Works, Transparent Auto Glass, Color Supply, Gary’s Airbags, DDI Mobile Detailing, Roseville BMW, and employees of Golden State Collision Centers, Inc. donated their time and services as part of this program.