Feeding the fish at Bridgewater Plaza

Children fed the fish at Bridgewater Plaza recently.

Bridgewater Marina & Boat Rentals recently donated $28,327 to Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia, the culmination of 2019’s Feed the Fish for Make-A-Wish fundraising campaign.

Ryan Waters, Bridgewater Marina partner, said this was the third year of the initiative, and its most successful to date.

“We continue to be amazed by the generosity of customers and their dedication to supporting the important work of Make-A-Wish,” Waters said. “To date, they’ve allowed us to contribute just over $77,000, which is unbelievable.”

The mission of Feed the Fish for Make-A-Wish, he explained, is to turn a decades-long lake tradition — kids feeding popcorn to the massive carp that gather around the marina’s docks — into a way to contribute to a charity that serves children. The marina donates 100% of its popcorn sales to the Richmond-based nonprofit.

Julia Blair Hunter, director of development for Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia, said the commitment of community supporters is even more critical in these challenging times.

“Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Make-A-Wish has made the difficult decision to postpone all wish travel and activities,” Hunter said. “Because of these postponements there will be more wish kids waiting for wishes than ever before. We are sincerely grateful to the team at Bridgewater Marina for continuing their commitment to wish children and their families.”

Hunter said the average wish costs $10,000 so Bridgewater Marina’s donation equates to nearly three wishes for children in Virginia facing critical illnesses. Examples include meeting celebrities, working a dream job and visiting a desired destination such as New York City.

Waters said Bridgewater Marina is continuing the program and hopes to raise $30,000 this year.

For more information, contact Waters at 721-1639 or Hunter at 804-217-9474, ext. 1278.