Kids Wish Network, headquartered in Oldsmar, is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to grant wishes to children who are terminally ill. NEXTLINK is a national integrated communications provider which offers local and long distance telecommunications services, high-speed internet access, web hosting and e-commerce capabilities to businesses throughout the Tampa Bay area. So what do these two organizations have in common? They both want to make a difference in the life of a child who faces the challenges of living with a life threatening illness.
NEXTLINK’s decision to support Kids Wish Network was a natural according to Virgil Hibner, General Manager and Vice President at the company’s Tampa facility. “We were looking for a way to help out in the Bay area community where our employees could impact people’s lives and have their lives impacted upon,” Hibner said. “Kids Wish Network lets our employees help make good things happen for kids who need them the most. Doing that, we come away changed people.”
NEXTLINK’s ribbon cutting ceremony for its new facility, located at 5904-A Hampton Oaks Court in Tampa will be held Thursday evening, July 13 from 5:30 to 8:00. At this time, the company will also announce its selection of Kids Wish Network as its charity of choice for 2000-2001.
Peggy Frey, Director of Public Relations for Kids Wish Network summed up the partnership between the wish granting charity and the communications giant in this way. “Everyone at Kids Wish Network is very excited about NEXTLINK. This relationship will bring together the two organizations’ commitment, creativity and caring hearts in a way that will help sick children all over the country. We may not be able to change the uncertain futures of our wish kids but together, we can make dreams come true today.”