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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

At Gault, Celebrating One Boy’s Dream

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Gault Energy has made life a little easier for Connor Armstrong, 7, of Stamford, a leukemia victim whom the company has aided through Connecticut’s Make-a-Wish nonprofit.

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Sam Gault and Kim Smith, development director at Make-A-Wish Connecticut, today celebrate Connor Armstrong, 7, and his wish that donations to Gault Energy made possible.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

Late today, Connor and his family were honored guests as a barbecue the company hosted on Ferry Lane West for employees and others who contributed to the effort to make Connor’s wish of traveling to the Atlantis Resorts in the Bahamas come true.

The ride Connor said he liked best at the resort was called “Leap of Faith.” “It goes so fast,” he said, enthusiastically slicing his arms though the air.

Connor, who is going into third grade, is in remission and in the middle of three years of chemotherapy, according to his mom, Melanie, who with her husband, John, also attended.

Make-A-Wish, a Trumbull-based nonprofit, each year fulfills 150 wishes for Connecticut children battling life-threatening illnesses, said Kim Smith, development director.

“We say the doctors provide the medicine, and we provide the magic through the community support,” Smith said.

Connor’s dream came true via $10,000 raised by Gault from its more than 100 employees, customer contributions and donations made on the company’s website.

“This was our first year, and now we’re excited about our second campaign,” said Sam Gault, the company’s fifth generation president.

The second campaign dubbed “Dollars for Dreams,” is hard to miss, as its advertised on a propane truck visible not only on deliveries, but at area fire department “Touch a Truck” events.

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The Gault “Dollars for Dreams” truck will donate one cent for every gallon of propane sold per year to Make-A-Wish Connecticut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

According to Gault, one penny for every gallon sold from the truck, which delivers about 500,000 gallons per year, will go to Make-A-Wish.

“Our corporate mission is to give back to the communities we serve all throughout Fairfield County,” said Gault.

The company’s work with Make-A-Wish is being coordinated by Gault’s nieces Megan and Meredith Donaher and nephew Brendan Donaher.

“A year-and-a-half ago we started the partnership; we did the truck and started the campaign to raise money,” Meredith Donaher said. “We have a lot of employees with kids, and they can really relate to it.”

“I think it’s great that the employees and the customers could get together to send Connor to Atlantis,” Megan Donaher chimed-in.

For Connor’s mother, the family vacation had a lot of unexpected firsts.

“They came and picked us up,” she said. “We had our first limo ride when they took us to the airport.”

Connor did not seem slowed down at the party. He was energized. Donning a pair of sunglasses, he ran ahead eager to mingle and talk about his trip.

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