As the owner of Miami-based Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Brian Shechtman operates the Christmas-themed park and manages its marketing department. In addition, Brian Shechtman affiliates his business with numerous philanthropic organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Established in 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation works to grant wishes for young people with life-threatening medical conditions. Each year, the foundation grants 14,000 wishes, which equates approximately to one wish every 38 minutes.
In early January 2014, a teenager from Washington received his wish, which was to have his Honda Civic Coupe restored and refinished. Carter Bessert, a 17-year-old, found out in November 2012 that he had full renal failure. After dialysis did not work, he underwent a kidney transplant. Learning their son qualified for the program while he was a patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Bessert’s family contacted the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which approved his wish. A local business owner performed more than 100 hours of work on Bessert’s car, ensuring the automobile received the highest quality of upgrades.