A 501(C)(3) non-profit organization

SPonsored by miller lite

Winston’s Wishes

Winston’s Wishes

Beginning in 2014, Winston’s Wishes worked with local non-profits for 3 years to raise much-needed funds & awareness for homeless dogs. Despite not having a facility, they consistently received pleas to help dogs who were in need of extra assistance. Many of these were for dogs who were not doing well in the shelter environment and had become shut-down. Deciding they could and had to do more, they started fundraising in 2017 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the goal of building a brick and mortar sanctuary, along with a network of foster homes. What started as a dream has now become a reality — they have officially finished a 5+ acre sanctuary that boasts a nearly 11,000 sq. ft. play yard and 4 “Doggie Condos,” equipped with large windows overlooking the countryside, dimming lights, sound eliminating panels, and cameras so they can keep an eye on the pups even when they’re not there. When a new dog becomes a member of the Winston’s Wishes family, they get to decompress at our Sanctuary before heading to their new home, be it foster or forever.


Winston’s Wishes

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Applications for 2023 Shine a Lite program are now CLOSED. Applications will open back up mid year for 2024.

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The Hoan Bridge lights have two main public viewing spots:
1) Milwaukee Riverfront Boat Launch at 600 S. Water Street
2) Riverwalk on East Erie Street right before the Milwaukee Pierhead Light.

There are also several local establishments with views of the Hoan Bridge lights:
1) Indeed Brewing Rooftop inside the Eagleknit building 

2) Cooperage/Boone + Crockett

3) Milwaukee Sail Loft

4) 2A Wine Merchants

5) The Outsider rooftop located in Journeyman Hotel

6) Blu at the Pfister (small corner view)

  1. Visit lightthehoan.com.

  2. Click the Dedicate a Bulb page.

  3. Select your donation amount. Be sure to check out all of the Hoan gear that is available at different donation levels!

  4. Checkout and fill out your shipping information and billing information. Be sure to follow the steps on the checkout page to submit your dedication!

  5. Review your dedication to make sure everything is correct.

  6. Receive your order confirmation and printable dedication certificate via email. 

  7. View your dedications on the Find Your Bulb page. Please allow 2-3 hours after you’ve dedicated for your dedication to appear on the page. 

  8. If purchased, you will receive any items ordered via postal mail. 

Dedications can be viewed online on our website, under the Find Your Bulb page. Please allow 2-3 hours after you’ve submitted, for your dedication to appear on the page.

To view the upcoming schedule for the Hoan Bridge Lights, please visit our regularly updated Light Schedule page.

Light the Hoan, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations to it are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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