TLC Painting honored by Boston Business Journal with Corporate Citizenship Community Collaboration Award for Make-A-Wish®

John Mulvaney of Holliston

Natick-based TLC Painting, owned by John Mulvaney of Holliston, has been awarded the Boston Business Journal (BBJ) 2022 Corporate Citizenship Community Collaboration Award, in recognition of the company’s significant support of Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island and its mission of creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. This year’s four honorees were recognized at the BBJ’s 16th Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards program on September 8 in Boston.

Since 2017, TLC Painting has provided its painting services at no cost to help grant 15 wishes ranging from room redecorations to treehouses and playhouses. Through its in-kind support, the company and its employees bring hope, strength, and joy to children and their families who are facing incredible challenges due to a life-threatening diagnosis. 

Mulvaney and his team take pride in contributing to wishes and find the experience a fulfilling team-building opportunity. “The most rewarding aspect of granting a wish is to see how excited and appreciative the families are when the wish is complete,” says Mulvaney.

“John and his team not only bring expertise and creativity to each project, they are also incredibly sensitive to our mission and the unique needs that our wish children and their families have,” says Sean Holleran, CEO of Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island. “TLC’s impact lasts long after a wish project is completed. For children who spend significant time in hospital environments, TLC’s support contributes to the creation of an oasis that can be the setting for healing and hope, and helps wish children reclaim childhood.”

The TLC team also encourages other businesses to get involved, including engaging Sherwin Williams as an in-kind donor of materials. “We know we must strive to be good corporate citizens and everyone on the team believes in our commitment to give back to the community,” says Mulvaney. “We take every possible opportunity to illustrate that social responsibility is more than just a catchphrase and requires positive, dedicated action.”

Mulvaney was inspired to support Make-A-Wish by the story of his son’s classmate, who received a wish, and he remains in touch with the classmate’s family to this day. John has a long history of philanthropy and outside of Make-A-Wish, has volunteered in many capacities, including 7 mission trips with his church to help with disaster relief after hurricanes and 2 coast-to-coast charity bike rides. 

The Boston Business Journal Corporate Citizenship Community Collaboration Award is an annual recognition of Massachusetts companies that demonstrate innovation and develop best practices in specific partnerships with nonprofits. Nominations are judged on four standards: mission, innovation, impact and sustainability. Joining TLC Painting and Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island as the 2022 honorees are BioMed Realty and Art in Giving, Cannistraro and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts, and MilliporeSigma and Seeding Labs.

Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island relies on the community’s generosity to continue its wish-granting work. Its vision is to reach every medically eligible child with the power of a wish. For children facing critical illnesses, a wish fulfilled provides profound joy, renewed strength and resiliency, and lasting hope to keep striving and dreaming for the future. The organization will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2023. Learn more at

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  1. Sandy Araujo on September 13, 2022 at 8:32 am

    Congratulations John to you and TLC Painting, an honor well deserved!!!

    Joe & Sandy Araujo

  2. Dan Higgins on September 13, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    TLC by TLC Painting ! Great work John!

  3. Ed & Doriane Daniels on September 13, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    Great job John!! The fact that you have dedicated years to this cause and have taken actions to dedicate your most precious asset, Time, is a testament to you! At the same time running a great company. Congratulations!!

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