Hoffbrau Steaks Wish is…

It’s not often that a little family-owned steakhouse gets to grant a wish for the Make a Wish Foundation.  I mean, sure, we shoot for it every time you wander

through the door of a Hoffbrau Steaks, hungry for a marbled slab of perfectly cooked ribeye, but…that’s everyday for us!

Not too long ago, we received a far different wish, from an incredible young man, Daniel, who wanted…only “that”.  What we do everyday!  Imagine our humble surprise, when the Make-A-Wish Foundation called…!  Daniel fervently wishes to be a chef.  We were delighted, honored, surprised….and ready with an apron.   I mean, any of our stores could use a hand with those pesky Texas Pesos.  It’s not easy getting all that cheese on top….

Help us, he did.  For one fantastic afternoon, Daniel served up some of the best appetizers and entrees Amarillo has ever had.  It had a special….spice, if you will; all flavored up with the wonderfulness of imagination and giving back.  We made way more than one new friend, and we’re so grateful.  Make-a-Wish is an incredible organization!

In the creative spirit of Walt Disney and Dr.Seuss, in 1980 the Make-a-Wish Foundation began its’ mission to “grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.” Visiting a Disney park is the most requested wish of the last 31 years, but children, aged 2 and a half, to 18 (that’s the max!),  have been Blue Angels, met celebrities, from Miley Cyrus to the prime minister of Pakistan, and even the Pope.  They’ve created comic books, been sports reporters for the Cubs, and made Potato Skins in our own humble Hoffbrau Steak House.

How Do Wishes Come True?

Daniel went through a system designed to achieve the most passionate, imaginative wishes of incredible children who deal with a life-threatening condition, which has placed the child’s life in jeopardy.  One frequently asked question…no, the disease need not be a terminal condition.   And those wishes?  Where do they come from?

A special team…a “wish team,” helps children like Daniel to really, truly choose that one special wish.  Through imaginative exploration, the wish process is designed to gain that one experience that will delight and inspire them, when they need it most. For every child who wants to meet a star, there is also one who wants to do….what you do every day.

“I like dreaming, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.
Dr. Seuss

How Do I Make a Difference?

One great way you can support Make-a-Wish is to offer your time.  You’ll never know when you can help sew an outfit, teach a skill, or just share …with a child about being…you. (Just like us…!)

Terri, Todd, Jeremy, and the staff at our delightful little Amarillo steakhouse inspired me.   It’s a great thing to see our mission statement come to life in their actions.   Each of us has something wonderful to give, and a delightful wish to “grow.”

Imagination is the single greatest gift humans possess, aside from opposable thumbs, chicken fried steak, and peanut butter.  Wishing and dreaming, takes us places we would never have ended up by accident.  By sad reality, it’s only an afterthought for many adults; but still a fantastic, whimsical reality for a child, who is largely unlimited by the “can’ts and don’ts” of our grown-up world.

A close second is our ability to make a difference in the lives of others.

What’s YOUR Wish?

Today, my wish would be for the complete eradication of organizations like Make-a-Wish.  I hope there is a day they aren’t necessary.

While I’m, wishing…I’d also wish for a massage every day.  One full hour.  Maybe aromatherapy?  (I can only wish a certain husband is reading this…)

What is your wish?  Who would you take along that adventure?