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Who We Are

The REACH Foundation is a 501.c.3 non-profit founded by Mark and Wendy Wilson in 2000 to help children in need - physically, socially, and financially. The REACH Foundation was originally established to financially aid educational scholarships, continued education and training for educators, unique and beneficial educational programs, and programs that encourage social and responsibility in and out of the classroom.

The focus of REACH has expanded to include children with physical, social and financial issues. The primary mission of The REACH Foundation is to reach out to advocate and help children in need and to provide programs to improve their environment. The Foundation’s mission is simple,

If in only one life, make a difference.” ®

The REACH Foundation - Making A Difference

  • Awarded over 70 four-year college scholarships beginning in the Fall of 2000
  • The REACH Concert Series—The mission of The REACH Concert Series is to provide a venue where the needs of children can be conveyed to a wide audience and where resources can be raised to support The REACH Foundation’s programs and to continue REACH’s mission of “Saving Lives...Changing Lives… Through Music!”™; The REACH Concert Series made its premiere in August 2009 with a concert featuring Earth Wind and Fire and Little River Band
  • Provided funding to the Greater Hartford YMCA for the construction of the Wilson-Gray YMCA, Youth and Family Center; groundbreaking April, 2008; opened and dedicated  September, 2009
  • Contributions to other regional YMCA organizations and programs
  • Established a local library and reading center in Kiowa, Oklahoma, in 2002 and continues to providing ongoing operating funds
  • Helped establish and endow 2 local educational foundations: Texarkana Arkansas Education Foundation in 2004 and the Farmington (CT) Public School Foundation founded in 2005
  • Awarded grants to teachers and other educators to further their education beginning in 2001
  • Provides direct funding and an endowment to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation ;  Mark Wilson became a member of CT Board of Directors in 2006
  • Direct Contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Have committed a percentage of the profits of their Crazy Bruce businesses to each, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Make-A-Wish® Foundation
  • Provided direct financial support to local and national organizations which support children’s causes
  • Partnered in 2012 with Football Hall of Famer Ahmad Rashad’s Celebrity Classic “New England’s Largest Celebrity Event”
  • REACH Foundation Motorcycle Ride 2013
  • REACH Foundation Annual Golf Tournament (established in 2012)
  • Provide direct funding to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and was  given their Community Leader of the Year Award in 2010 and on National Leadership Council
  • Mark and Wendy Wilson were named the 2011 St. Jude Partner in Hope of the Year Award presented in Memphis
  • Dedication of the Mark and Wendy Wish Award by the CT Make-A-Wish Chapter in 2010