In 2002, Chi Omega nationally paired with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded with the purpose of granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses from the age of two and a half to eighteen. As a chapter, we organize two big events annually to raise money for the local Make-A-Wish chapter in Hattiesburg. During the Fall Semester, we host Songfest, a singing competition between the fraternities and sororities on campus. Songfest is a 65 year tradition that brings together the community during the holiday season. In the Spring, we hold an event called 'Wiches for Wishes and serve grilled cheese and tomato soup out of our kitchen! People come from all across campus to enjoy warm soup, delicious grilled cheese, and live music performed by fellow Greek Life members. Between our two events this past year, we raised enough money to grant eight local children's wishes!
'Wiches For Wishes 2020
"The doctors give the medicine, Make-A-Wish gives the magic."
One of our favorite things about the Make-A-Wish Foundation is the hands-on relationships we form with the wonderful wish kids. We host special parties called "wish parties" where we celebrate them receiving their wish or even reveal to them what their wish will be! We also host movie nights and even a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Party to celebrate and get more one-on-one time with the children we love so dearly. These special events are the heart of why we love Make-A-Wish and let us truly get to know our wish kids and their families!
MEET OUR MAKE-A-WISH LIAISON
My name is Sarah Kate Stokely, and I am the Chi Omega Make-A-Wish liaison! Chi Omega fraternity joined in alliance with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2002 and since then Chi Omega nationally has raised over $14 million for the organization! So what is the Make-A-Wish foundation? The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an organization that grants wishes for children with life-threatening conditions. The reason the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes is because it creates joy for the children and also helps make their lives better by giving them an opportunity that they would not necessarily have otherwise. This past year The University of Southern Mississippi Chi Omega chapter has raised over $75,000!
Something that is different with our Chi Omega chapter is that all the money we raise stays in the Hattiesburg area and grants wishes to local children. It is so humbling to witness a child in the Hattiesburg area having their wish granted and knowing you played a part in creating that joy. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation
Chi Omega Love and All of Mine,
Sararh Kate Stokely