Since 2011, PNC Bank has supported Make-A-Wish in the Tampa Bay region. They have been the presenting sponsor of our Wishmaker’s Ball for the past 2 years.
PNC has sponsored all four of our Tampa Bay region events since C.J. joined our advisory board. C.J. Mintrone, Senior VP, Corporate Banking Manager – West & Central Florida, has been a member of our advisory board since 2011. He has served as chair for Wedges for Wishes and was the advisory board chair in FY17. C.J. was added to our Hope Hall of Fame in 2018 for his commitment to our chapter.
Why is it important to give back to your community in general?
I love supporting Make-A-Wish with my time and financial contributions because I can clearly see the impact a wish has on a child. It is tangible. With three young girls of my own, my heart breaks for the families who are facing unsurmountable challenges every moment of the day with an ill child. I can only imagine how difficult and sometimes devastating a sick child must feel with a critical illness.
I love seeing the kid’s faces come alive with smiles from ear-to-ear when they get their wish! I know the special wish we’re able to provide offers some much needed respite to forget about the worries and troubles of the day for the entire family. Often, the hope and excitement of the upcoming wish coming true gives the child enough of a boost needed to make them better. The experience changes the lives of the child and family for the better in a huge way.
And fortunately, PNC is a Main Street bank that has a long history of partnering with local organizations that strengthen and enrich the lives of our communities, like Make-A-Wish. We understand that a healthy, happy, culturally engaged community is a significant driver of Florida’s economic success. Tampa Bay is all the better because of this exceptional organization.
Why do you specifically give to Make-A-Wish Southern Florida?
Make-A-Wish of Southern Florida is very important to this community. What they do every day strengthens and enriches the lives of Tampa Bay residents and families throughout Florida. Make-A-Wish provides hope and inspiration to hundreds of children with critical illnesses and contributes every day to improving the lives of Tampa Bay residents, but also the lives of individuals and families throughout Florida.
What is the most rewarding part of your affiliation with Make-A-Wish?
Serving on the board as chairman amongst other roles on the board and sponsoring Make-A-Wish events both through PNC and personally has given me a first-hand perspective to how Make-A-Wish brings families together and changes the dynamics of their outlook on life. Seeing the smiling faces of the children we help is unlike any other feeling. Making a dream come true for a family that may have lost a little hope is priceless.
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