Make-A-Wish Foundation

Valley Pools & Spas is a proud preferred provider of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America. We are the proud recipient of the Make-A-Wish Honor for the largest MN in-kind (spas, hot tubs & pools) and dollar donations to their foundation.

Michael's Wish

Marquis® Hot Tub Provides Well-Deserved Respite for Local Wish Kid

Marquis®, Valley Pools & Spas & Make-A-Wish® team up to grant 11 year-old Michael’s wish

St. Paul, MN- The bubbly, warm water of a hot tub is irresistible to 11-year-old Michael. The soothing jets and relaxing steam are nothing short of therapeutic for him. It is for these reasons and many others that Michael used his one true wish to wish for a hot tub of his very own. Courtesy of Make-A-Wish and with the help of Marquis and Valley Pools & Spas, Michael’s wish was granted. Valley Pools and Spas is one of the many Marquis dealers across the country helping to make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Valley Pools & Spas contribution is part of the sponsorship, created by Marquis to benefit Make-A-Wish chapters throughout the United States. As the preferred provider for Make-A-Wish hot tub wishes, Marquis has helped grant more than 550 life-changing wishes since 2000.

“Marquis and Valley Pools & Spas have made a lasting, positive impact on Michael and his family,” said Katrina Sletto, Wish Program Coordinator of Make-A-Wish Minnesota. “Michael’s hot tub will provide fun, joyous moments for the whole family during an otherwise incredibly difficult time.”

The sponsorship of Make-A-Wish was inspired by 17-year-old Andrea’s wish in 2000 to have a hot tub in her backyard. The hot tub eased the physical distress from her chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Now, 14 years later and cancer-free, Andrea continues to enjoy her Marquis hot tub. Her wish inspired Marquis to help with similar wishes. So far, the sponsorship has generated more than $3 million in spa donations and discounts for Make-A-Wish.

Avery's Wish

In August 2011, Marquis Spas and Valley Pools & Spas helped make Avery's wish come true by donating a Marquis Spa and accessories.

This letter was received May 19th, 2011:

"Larry and team-

Thank you for all your help and assistance on Avery Lang's wish through Make a Wish Foundation of Minnesota.  The pictures will clearly show you that you have brought such happiness to this child because of your generosity and kindness.  Avery loves so many things about the spa, but she really enjoys getting splashed in the face with the faucet and trying to grab a drink or two from it as well :)  Thank You also for having such prompt and excellent communication with Katherine and me.  I look forward to working with you again in the future.

Many Thanks, 
Brooke Greenwell, Colleen Hagerman and Maddie MacLachlan; Make a Wish volunteers/wish granters.

Antonio's Wish

In May 2011, Marquis Spas and Valley Pools & Spas helped make Antonio's wish come true by donating a Marquis Spa and accessories.

This letter was received May 19th, 2011 from Make-A-Wish

"Dear Larry,

Thank you for the generous donation of steps, cover lift, delivery and instruction for our wish child, Antonio.  As you know, Antonio wished for a hot tube with a gazebo enclosure around it, so he could use it year round for therapy and fun.  is wish day, on May 10th was wonderful, from the weather to the details.

Antonio's mom told me yesterday that the wish was perfect timing because he hasn't been feeling well recently, and could really use this fun hot tub to brighten his spirits and feel good.  Antonio's family is so grateful for all the donations and support provided for his wish.

It is directly because3 of generosity and support such as yours that we have been able to grant more than 3000 wish in Minnesota.  You help make these magical moments come true for children who may not have time to wait.

On behalf of all of us an Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota and Antonio, thank you for the gift of long lasting memories and smiles.

Best Wishes,
LaChelle Semanko
Director of Program Services"

Callie's Wish

In October 2010, Marquis Spas and Valley Pools & Spas helped make Callie's wish come true by donating a Marquis Spa and accessories. 

This letter was received November 22nd, 2010 from Make-A-Wish

"Dear Larry,

Thank you for the happiness you helped to bring to Callie and her family when her wish to have a new hot tub came true.I know Callie and her family are enjoying the new spa and are very appreciative for your services. Your generosity in donating the accessories (step, cover lift and handrail) along with the delivery/installation and spa orientation are so much appreciated!It was such a pleasure working with you. Thank you so much for sharing in the power of a wish!

It is directly because of generosity and support such as yours that we have been able to grant over 3000 wishes to Minnesota children.  You help make these magical moments come true for children who may not have time to wait. Thank you for your support!

On behalf of Callie and her family and all of us at Make-A-Wish of Minnesota, thank you for the gift of a great experience, long lasting memories and smiles. Thank you for helping us make Callie's wish come true!

Sincerely,
Julie Dover
Wish Coordinator

This is a video of Callie enjoying her new hot tub for the first time:

Aleah's Wish

Outstanding In-Kind Sponsor

Valley Pools & Spas has been a very generous partner in the granting of pool and hot tub wishes. Water can be a very soothing environment for a child dealing with physical discomfort. These wishes also give children wonderful opportunities to spend relaxing time with family and friends.

Valley Pools & Spas, with locations in Andover, Brainerd, and Burnsville, has been family owned and operated since 1974. Through a program organized by our National office, children around the country are able to experience Marquis Spas products. Valley Pools & Spas has been a generous participant in this program. We look forward to our continued association as we work together to make dreams become reality.

Casey's Wish

This letter was received June 1st, 2006 from Make-A-Wish

Dear Larry,

Thank you for the happiness you helped bring to Casey when you helped install his Hot tub in March. Without your help and patience this wish would not have been possible. Casey's family really enjoyed working with everyone at Valley Pools, and truly appreciated how genuine all or you were. Please send our thanks to your Brainerd office also. We also thank you for the very generous donation you made towards this hot tub.

It is directly because of generosity and support such as yours that we have been able to grant more than 2600 wishes! You help make these magical moments come true for children who might not have time to wait.

On behalf of Casey and his family and all of us at Make-A-Wish of Minnesota, thank you for the gift of long lasting memories and smiles. Thank you for helping us make Casey's hot tub wish come true!

Best Wishes,
Kristen H.
Wish Coordinator