The Make-A-Wish Foundation has been Chi Omega’s official philanthropy since 2002. Philanthropy is one of the sororities founding purposes and the Queens Theta Gamma chapter is living up to those expectations.
Last year they raised over $6,000 to grant a wish to a young girl named Samantha who dreamed of going to Disney World to meet Minnie Mouse. For those who may not be aware, The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions.
Senior Mollie Farrell said, “As the sibling of a Make-A-Wish kid and a Chi Omega, I have loved giving back to the organization that gave my family so much.”
Theta Gamma hosts events throughout the year in hopes to hit $6,000 in order to make another wish come true. This year the sorority is already half way to granting another wish.
The first event they attended this year was Walk for Wishes Charlotte. It was at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on November 9. Members of Chi Omega walked around the track to help raise funds for children in need.
Sophomore Lyndey McCurry said, “Walk for Wishes opened my eyes and increased my love for Make a Wish. Watching volunteers from all over come together and celebrate the wonderful things that this foundation does was incredible. Hearing about how people have raised money for the cause and raising money ourselves was great, but seeing that money put to use in making a child’s dream come true is by far the most rewarding experience I have ever had.”
The most recent event is called Twinkie Twinkie Little Star. It was this past week and members of Chi Omega set up a table in Trexler and sold Twinkies to students for a dollar in hopes to raise money towards their $6,000 goal.
Junior Shannon Fraser added, “My family puts on a golf outing every year in memorial of my brother, and this year we donated all the money to Make-A-Wish. This philanthropy deserved it. More importantly, the families did. I know what it is like to loose a family member, and I want those families to have the most amazing memories with the time they have.”
Once the goal is reached, they will find out who the money is going to and what wish will be granted.
Junior Cydney Herring said, “It is rewarding to find out what all of our year round hard work is going towards.”
After Christmas break the sorority plans to host their big event of the year called Wings for Wishes.
Different restaurants across Charlotte donate chicken wings to the sorority and tickets are sold to students. When you buy a ticket, you are able to come out, try all the different types of wings, and raise money for a good cause.
The date is not set yet but it will be happening in early February. Last year they hosted the same event and it was very successful, so they are hoping for similar or better results.
Be on the lookout for an upcoming RexText announcement and come support Chi Omega as they strive to make another wish become reality.