Since 1895, one of the main pillars of Chi Omega has been service to others. Starting in 2002, Chi Omega joined with Make-A-Wish to grant wishes and provide services for children and families battling a terminal illness. Since then, Chi Omega has raised over 20 million dollars and has volunteered over 1,000,000 hours for Make-A-Wish.
Here at Chi Omega, every year, we hold "Wish Week" which takes place in the spring semester. We hold a walk-a-thon, as well as partner with local restaurants to hold profit shares. At the end of the week, there is a sand blast volleyball tournament. Our biggest event happens in the fall, and it is Chili Cook-off and Bed Races, in which Chi Omega partners with the men of Alpha Tau Omega to raise money for Make-A-Wish. This includes selling t shirts, allowing Chili cook off teams and bed racing teams.
More importantly, our dedication to Make-A-Wish goes beyond the money raised during different events. It is about the relationships we are able to develop with wish families. We strive to help Make-A-Wish grant families wishes to bring hope, light and joy into a difficult season of life. Each event that Chi Omega at Baylor holds for Make-A-Wish is done with the upmost integrity, love and service towards the wish community. For more information, visit the link below.
My name is Anna Pettigrew and I am honored to serve as the Philanthropy Chair for Baylor Chi Omega for 2022. Something that is so special about Chi Omega’s philanthropy, Make A Wish, is that they give families support to live their lives and regain hope outside of the hospital. Chi Omega is a proud sponsor and partner with Make a Wish and has been partnered with them since 2002. Whereas so many organizations fund medical bills for the critically ill, Make A Wish captures magical moments in the lives of children by granting their wishes for the trip of their dreams, something equally important in different ways. A wish combats the sadness that can be found in a hospital with joy and hope, some of the best forms of medicine.
This past year, Baylor Chi Omega was able to raise $47,046 from our fall philanthropy events, which grants wishes for many children. We raised $53,055 in total for the whole year and have hopes to continue to grant more wishes. We got the privilege of walking alongside a Make a Wish family and helping a child grant their wish last fall. It was a very special moment for the chapter to be able to see the impact of their hard work and support of the Make A Wish organization. We are so proud to partner with this awesome Philanthropy!