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BBVA world 07 Feb 2017

Wishing on the big game

BBVA Compass took part in many events in the run up to Sunday’s big game, but it was the kid-friendly one that shined brightest. On Feb. 2, BBVA Compass hosted the 13 Make-A-Wish children headed to the game and their families for a private dinner at BBVA Compass Stadium. In addition to the dinner, the children and their families toured the Houston Dynamo and Dash’s home and spent time with Houston Texans Linebacker Brian Cushing and Houston Dash Forward Kealia Ohai. Hosting the event underscored the bank’s efforts to give back and create special opportunities as part of the big game festivities.

“BBVA Compass was honored to play a small part in making the big game wish experience bright for the 13 Make-A-Wish youths and their families by hosting them for dinner at BBVA Compass Stadium,” said BBVA Compass Houston CEO Mark Montgomery. “The courage of these kids and their families is something special to behold, and we were happy to welcome them to Houston with open arms.”

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Houston Dynamo mascot and fan favorite Diesel made the rounds during Thursday’s BBVA Compass hosted reception and dinner honoring the 13 Make-A-Wish children and their families headed to Sunday’s big game.

“Hosting events like this welcome reception for our wish families demonstrates BBVA Compass’ commitment to our mission

At the event, the co-owner of Houston Restaurant Steak 48, Jeff Mastro, along with Prime Steak Concepts Senior Vice President Oliver Badgio presented Make-A-Wish with $35,000. As a show of support for its Houston community, the BBVA Compass Foundation matched Steak 48’s donation.

“Hosting events like this welcome reception for our wish families demonstrates BBVA Compass’ commitment to our mission,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “Wishes of this magnitude require a lot of support and coordination. We can’t thank BBVA Compass, and everyone involved tonight, enough for helping to make these wishes incredible for our wish kids.”

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BBVA Compass hosted a reception and dinner on Thursday, Feb. 2 for the 13 Make-A-Wish children and their families headed to Sunday’s big game.  In addition to the dinner, the children and their families toured the Houston Dynamo and Dash’s home and spent time with Houston Texans Linebacker Brian Cushing and Houston Dash Forward Kealia Ohai.

Also attending the event was BBVA Compass brand ambassador and national television personality and lifestyle expert Sandra Lee, who presented Williams and the Make-A-Wish honorees with a cake made to replicate BBVA Compass Stadium.

The Make-A-Wish children, each diagnosed with a serious illness, ranged in age from 9 to 19, and represented 9 different states, with two hailing from Texas.

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BBVA Compass Chief Marketing & Digital Sales Officer Jennifer Dominiquini interacts with Make-A-Wish families.

Make-A-Wish grants a wish, on average, every 34 minutes to a child with a life-threatening medical condition – granting more than 285,000 since its founding in 1980. Attending the big game proved its popularity early on for the organization, as it was the ninth wish ever granted. Current big game wishes now number more than 200.

To learn more about Make-A-Wish, click here.

For more on BBVA Compass, click here.

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Houston restaurant co-owner Steak 48 Jeff Mastro along with Prime Steak Concepts Senior Vice President Oliver Badgio presented Make-A-Wish with $35,000. As a show of support for its Houston community, the BBVA Compass Foundation matched Steak 48’s donation.

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