W.I.S.H. Award Recipient

The Jendusa Family

Jerry and Becky Jendusa of Waterford, along with their 5 children, began their relationship with Make-A-Wish Wisconsin in 2015 through an annual fundraiser hosted by Mukwonago High School basketball. The fundraiser raised $8,000 in its first year. With the help of the Jendusa family, the event grew significantly, and has raised over $450,000. In February, the event raised over $175,000. The Jendusa's want to inspire philanthropy in students and encourage them to go out and raise pledges to grant wishes. Jerry and Becky provided strategic guidance to the event, engaging the Mukwonago community and communities from rival schools.

Jerry and Becky have always involved their children in their giving as they work to instill the value of philanthropy and service learning. As Jerry, Becky and their kids learned more about the Make-A-Wish mission and the impact it has on the community, their direct giving to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin also grew. Two years ago, the Jendusa family made a $1 million gift to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, the chapter's first million-dollar gift in its history. They wanted their gift to go even further, so they used their gift as a match for other donors to help fill a funding gap due to COVID.

The Jendusa's own and operate Ardent Animal Health, BreakthrU Strategies, Dream Real Estate, Vendura Industries and Xiogenix. Jerry also serves as a mogul on WISN's "Project Pitch It."