Wish Granted

Imagine Backyard Living’s anniversary gift funds a special cause

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Imagine Backyard Living, a hot tub, swim spa and backyard leisure store in Scottsdale, Arizona, decided to give back by supporting the Make-A-Wish foundation, which grants wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Scottsdale locals might recognize David Ghiz, president and owner of Imagine Backyard Living, from his family’s legacy in the pool and spa industry; they were the driving force behind Paddock Pools, a company established in 1958 that eventually grew to become the largest pool builder and backyard living entity in the U.S. before being sold in 2005.

Ghiz learned the ropes of the industry from his family, but they also instilled in him a heart for philanthropy. “We were brought up to understand the importance of giving back,” Ghiz says. “I felt Make-A-Wish would be a great organization to be part of during our anniversary year.”

Imagine Backyard Living’s 10th-anniversary sale provided the perfect setting to partner with customers to support the foundation. The company set a goal to donate $10,000 to cover the cost of a wish for a child. The approach was simple yet impactful — deducting an additional $200 from every hot tub and swim spa sold during the monthlong sale, channeling these proceeds directly to Make-A-Wish.

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The culmination of their efforts was an emotional moment, marked by the presentation of a $10,000 check at the Make-A-Wish offices in Scottsdale Dec. 1. Reflecting on the experience of presenting the donation, Ghiz recalls the excitement and support of his team, calling it “one of the best days of our 10-year history.” 

The gift’s impact was significant for the company but will also be profoundly felt by the future Wish recipient. 

“Imagine Backyard Living’s support goes beyond dollars; it’s a meaningful expression of compassion and community,” says Fran Mallace, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona. “We extend our heartfelt gratitude for their commitment to making a difference and bringing hope and joy to these courageous children and their families.”