Custom One Homes builds beautifully designed homes on the east side of the metro. But the Cottage Grove builder also wants to support and improve the communities it touches. The company partnered earlier this year with Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota, hoping to have a positive impact on the lives of children.
Todd Polifka, owner of Custom One, worked with Make-A-Wish to connect with the Miller family. Their son Andy, 10 years old, has a rare heart disease called Shone’s Complex. Since Andy’s mother, Jamie, works for Xcel Energy, she sees houses that are under construction— including the one that was part of the 2017 Luxury Home Tour. Andy is interested in construction, so Todd walked him through the rough stages of building that led up to a private tour of the finished luxury home. At the end of the family’s tour was a surprise for Andy: His wish to go to Disney World was granted.
This event, as well as the entire Make-A-Wish Foundation, is close to the hearts of the whole Custom One team since it gives them the chance to help bring joy to the kids, and alleviate stress and support the families that are struggling with their children’s diagnoses. Kids who receive wishes, Polifika says, “work harder in treatment and through recovery. They heal quicker, they fight stronger, and they battle better.”
Since Andy’s surprise, Custom One granted another wish at its Make-A-Wish golf fundraiser July 27th. The event was dedicated to raising money for the organization and, during the event, they also granted the wish of a 14-year-old boy with stage four cancer.
Custom One plans on granting wishes multiple times per year, says Polifika. In addition to Make-A-Wish, the company supports a variety of other causes, including The First Tee Twin Cities, an organization that encourages children to get involved with golf. The idea is to promote healthy living habits as well as learn skills such as leadership and responsibility. Custom One also works with high schools in the surrounding areas to aid activities such as athletics, choir, and theater.
By Catherine Guden
Rachel Lea Photography