Michael Senter (left), CEO of Abco Refrigeration Supply Corp., was the 2006 Make-A-Wish gala honoree. He was joined by Make-A-Wish recipient Megan Popkin and Matt Peterson, vice president of York.

The CEO of Abco Refrigeration Supply Corp. was recently honored for his service to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York.

Michael Senter was honored at the annual "When You Wish Upon A Star" gala May 11 in New York City. More than $1.5 million was raised at the event, setting a new record for the local foundation.

Senter spearheaded Abco's HVAC industry initiative to raise more than $450,000, allowing the group to grant the wishes of 65 children.

He was also responsible for originating and helping to develop a national partnership between Luxaire Heating & Air Conditioning and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

"It is an honor to be recognized by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York," said Senter. "But, it's even more of an honor to be helping so many children through our partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Luxaire. We are hopeful that our companies will see the value in what we are doing and be inspired to contribute to this great cause in meaningful ways within their own communities."

Luxaire distributors around the country work with the local Make-A-Wish Foundation chapters to organize their own fundraising activities, such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation nights at Minor League ballparks.

Over the past four years, Abco has raised more than $160,000 by hosting around 20 events to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, including Minor League Baseball games, golf outings and an annual Abco Expo. Abco also donates additional funds to the foundation through its relationship with Luxaire.

"Luxaire dealers and distributors throughout the country have generated more than $1 million since 2001," said David Williams, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. "Thanks to their support, approximately 200 courageous children being treated with life-threatening medical conditions have had their wishes granted. Our partnership with Luxaire makes us better able to fulfill our mission of delighting and inspiring Wish Kids and their families."