In speaking with Cody Hewitt, his willingness and excitement in giving back to causes he believes in is infectious. Cody, the President and CEO of Hewitt Young Electric, was pulled into the Make-A-Wish mission after attending the Rochester Power of a Wish Gala a few years back. Though he was always aware of the work of Make-A-Wish, he didn’t fully grasp the direct impact it has on the community until he witnessed the power of a wish through wish families at the gala.
“What I love about Make-A-Wish is the glowing passion you feel after speaking with a wish child or wish parent,” he says. “Hands down, this is absolutely something I am drawn to be involved because I know my financial support is impacting a child right here in Rochester that really needs the healing force of a wish.”
Hewitt Young is a family owned business in the Rochester region, and Cody took over as President and CEO four years ago. Cody says that giving back has always been in his blood with his father instilling a mindset of generosity and charity.
“Our family supported many nonprofits and I ‘dated’ around to find the perfect fit for me personally. Nothing seemed totally right until I found Make-A-Wish.”
Cody’s support has extended far past just contributing as an individual donor. He is involved as an Advisory Board Member and has assisted the Mission Delivery team with local wishes involving electric construction for above ground swimming pools and spas. One of those wishes was wish child, Iris, who wished to have a backyard swimming pool to serve as a mental escape from everything she was going through with her critical heart condition while being treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital.
What is most impressive is Cody’s commitment to hosting his very own third party event to support on an even greater level.
“The Masquerade Gala for Make-A-Wish was a theme that our company wanted to try and we were super impressed with the results. It generated more than $27,000 for Rochester-area wishes this past fall, and really pulled my team together with about 20 highly committed folks, who really worked hard to bring it to light.”
So, what’s next for Cody and his charitable heart?
“I am still getting my feet wet, but I look forward to granting my first wish! Right now, I am working with a teenage boy from the community, and what I love most is that he is just so grateful for everything. It’s eye-opening really – here is this boy, going through so much and fighting for his life, and he cannot thank us enough for what we do. I just wish he understood how thankful I am to know him, work with him, and help to make his one true wish come true.”
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