A Henry Salute for Frank Shankwitz

Co-Founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Receives Limited Edition Henry

June 12, 2020

One of the highlights of our year is a presentation given by Henry President & Owner, Anthony Imperato on stage at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits where he presents rifles to deserving individuals be they World War II heroes, first responders, responsibly armed citizens that used their training to prevent further tragedy or Medal of Honor recipients. This year, the event was scheduled to take place in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee, but the entire event was canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the guests that we planned on attending this event with us were asked to stay home, but the show must go on! We sent all of the recipients the rifle they would have been awarded on stage, and we look forward to bringing you a series of posts here on The Henry Repeater blog to highlight all of them, starting with Mr. Frank Shankwitz!

Frank Shankwitz holding Henry Big Boy Deluxe Engraved rifle

Make-A-Wish Co-Founder, Frank Shankwitz, posing with his Henry Big Boy Deluxe Engraved 3rd Edition in the historic Palace Restaurant and Saloon on Whiskey Row in Prescott, Arizona.

If you’re not familiar with the name Frank Shankwitz, you are almost certainly familiar with the organization that he helped create- The Make-A-Wish Foundation. It was an interview with Mr. Shankwitz heard over the radio that sparked the idea to invite him to the event and present him with one of the most special rifles that we currently make, which is the Big Boy Deluxe Engraved 3rd Edition. Production for this rifle is limited to only 1,000 units for each caliber and Mr. Shankwitz opted for the venerable .45 Colt.

In addition to co-founding the non-profit organization that grants a wish to kids with critical illnesses every 35 minutes across the world on average, Frank Shankwitz has also received the prestigious President’s Call To Service Award. This award is given directly by the President of the United States (he received his from George W. Bush) to people who have volunteered over 4,000 hours of their lives to community service.

His work with children started back in 1972 in Arizona where he was a coach for the Special Olympics team. Later, in his time with the Arizona State Patrol, he was one of the main officers responsible for granting the wish of a 7-year-old boy who dreamed of being a Highway Patrol Motorcycle Officer. This child was made an honorary officer and was laid to rest in full uniform including a custom badge and a full police procession.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 with a simple mission:

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Mr. Shankwitz has helped give strength and hope to countless lives and communities around the world, and we couldn’t be more honored to now have him as a part of the Henry family. He encompasses a selfless, community-driven type of person, and we should all aspire to open up our hearts and be just a bit more like Frank.

Frank, our hats are off to you, and we hope you enjoy the new rifle!

To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, become involved, or pledge a donation please visit: https://wish.org/

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  • Robert Coveney
    June 13, 2020

    this is a nice gun

  • Carl Smith
    July 12, 2020

    The engraved rifle to the founder of Make A Wish Foundation is spot on. Thanks to his foundation our Granddaughter spent many hours enjoying her gym set before she passed. Thank you for honoring him.

  • JOHN E Clites
    July 12, 2020

    I congratulate Henry Firearms for their selection in Mr. Frank Shankwitz for the honor of the presentation of one of their limited edition rifles. I also congratulate Mr. Shankwitz and his Make-A- Wish Foundation for the honor and distinction of receipt of this rifle and media exposure for a very worthwhile rganization.
    I noticed in the presentation info above that many individuals have been celebrated for their community service. I have been an NRA Life Member and NRA Shooting Instructor for over 30 plus years and have over that time frame worked with 14,679 persons, youth and adults alike. Most of my Mentoring/Coaching/Instructing has been during Youth Field Days, Women on Target, Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW), Boy Scout Camp events and Mentored Hunting events and programs. I would be greatly pleased to be recognized by Henry for this great number of persons that I have worked with and the number of years that I have been doing this. Thank you for your consideration and for recognizing and honoring the many persons involved in promoting the Shooting Sports in America. Respectfully, John Clites, NRA Life Member/Shooting Instructor

    • J.D. Shellnut
      February 5, 2021

      Mr. Clites, you forgot to mention your over abundant humility when listing your accolades, partner.

    • William Hickock
      April 12, 2021

      Mr. Clites, a true American Hero! Frank Shankwitz and Make-A-Wish accomplishments are pale in comparison to yours!

      It is an American tragedy that you have not been awarded the Henry Big Boy Repeater Deluxe Engraved 1st Edition!

      Keep it up cowboy,

  • Dietmar Schletz
    July 13, 2020

    Ein Henry Gewehr von 1866 die ist gut !!!