The Seattle Seahawks invited two Make-A-Wish kids, Ryan and Angel, to attend practice, meet players and tour the locker room at Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Wednesday.
RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks and Baird announced today a partnership that will benefit the Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington called Baird Touchdownsfor Wishes.
For each touchdown scored by the Seattle Seahawks during the 2016 season, Baird will donate $412 to Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. The amount of $412 is in honor of Seahawks fans, the 12s.
"Baird is excited to partner with the Seattle Seahawks on its Touchdowns Program benefitting Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington," said John Ramseyer, Branch Manager of Baird's Seattle and Bellevue offices. "This program is a great fit for us because we have a long-standing tradition of giving back to the communities where our associates live and work."
Working with the Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington, the Seahawks fulfill wishes for numerous children with life-threatening medical conditions. Over the years, the Seahawks have fulfilled 59 wishes.
"The Make-A-Wish mission is simple, we grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions at a time when they need it most," said Barry McConnell, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. "Our work is only possible thanks to the support of partners like Baird and the Seahawks. We are indeed grateful to be the beneficiary of the Touchdowns for Wishes program that will raise much-needed funds to help us grant wishes to local kids in our community."
ABOUT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
The Seattle Seahawks joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1976 as an expansion team. The Seahawks have won nine division titles and three conference championships. They are the only team to have played in both the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC) championship games. They have appeared in three Super Bowls, (Super Bowl XL, Super Bowl XLVIII and Super Bowl XLIX). The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII to win their first title. The team plays at CenturyLink Field in downtown Seattle and is owned by local businessman, investor, and philanthropist Paul Allen.
Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Established in 1919, Baird has more than 3,300 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has more than $160 billion in client assets. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2016 - its 13th consecutive year on the list. Baird's principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. in the United States and Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia supporting Baird's investment banking and private equity operations. For more information, please visit Baird's Web site at www.rwbaird.com.
ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH ALASKA AND WASHINGTON
Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 6,100 children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Currently, there are more than 500 children awaiting their wishes and there are more who qualify for our services, yet we are unable to reach them and grant their wishes due to a lack of funds and capacity. In fact, every year, one in four seriously-ill children in Alaska and Washington do not receive a wish because of a lack of funding. For more information about Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington and how you can share the power of a wish® please call 800.304.9474, visitakwa.wish.org or connect with us at facebook.com/makeawishakwa or on Twitter @MakeAWishAKWA.