May 27, 2022 | 2 Minutes

Giving Back to the Community

Helping to Make Wishes Come True

By Tyler Bohlman

It’s been a privilege to connect Members to amazing holiday destinations; however, it’s an honor to help grant vacations to families in need. Marriott Vacations Worldwide is the newest national sponsor for the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, allowing wish kids and their families to enjoy unique and beautiful villa accommodations and memorable vacation experiences at select resorts and properties.

“At Marriott Vacations Worldwide, we’re in the business of vacations, and each day we see firsthand how meaningful those experiences can be,” said Stephen P. Weisz, CEO, Marriott Vacations Worldwide. “While many people make a vacation a part of their life, there are others who can’t do so as easily, which is why we are excited to become a Make-A-Wish sponsor and help families and children with critical illnesses enjoy a vacation stay experience with us.”

By partnering with Make-A-Wish, the entire world is open for an unforgettable day. Whether a child wants to see azure seas, view fresh powdered snow, or visit a Disney theme park, like-home accommodations for their entire family is no longer a concern.

Wishes are already being granted. The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas welcomed the first wish family in March. The Tanaka family and their wish child, Tekauri, visited the resort for an exciting and relaxing stay while Make-A-Wish worked on building a new playground for them at their home. It was a privilege to host the Tanaka family on property, and the resort team worked hard so the Tanaka family felt the spirit of ‘ohana — including snacks and toys Tekauri loves waiting for him in the villa, an entertaining magic show for the family, and a personalized towel in his favorite color, green.

The Tanaka family is just the first of many wishes Marriott Vacations Worldwide is proud to host.

Find out more about the partnership between Marriott Vacations Worldwide and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.