The Make-A-Wish Foundation is Chi Omega Fraternity's National Philanthropy. Since the start of our alliance, Chi Omegas have made a difference in many children's lives through volunteering time, talents, and dollars. The Make-A-Wish Foundation has honored Chi Omega for the incredible volunteer efforts of our members.
The Lambda Chapter has donated 9269 hours of service and over $50,000 to Make-A-Wish since 2004. Our most recent event Wings For A Wish
was held on May 16th, 2009. We teamed up with the Aviation Advisory Board of the Lawrence Municipal Airport to host the event. Fifteen pilots donated their flight time and the use of private airplanes to provide the youth and young at heart a 20 minute aerial tour of the city for the low price of $40 per seat. Those that took advantage of the opportunity got a bird's eye view of Clinton Lake, the campus of KU, and Mass Street from 3,000 feet in the sky.
Lindsay Santee, Chi Omega Philanthropy Chair, along with Gary Fish and Rick Bryant, members of the Aviation Advisory Board, worked hard coordinating this event to make it so successful. With the help of the entire chapter, pilot volunteers, airport volunteers, and the support of the attendees, the event raised over $15,000! Every penny was donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Kansas, granting wishes of Kansas children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 who are battling a life-threatening medical condition.
A wish experience provides a chance for these kids to escape a world filled with doctor's appointments, hospital visits, and treatment programs, and gives them hope, strength, and joy to continue the fight against their illness.
Our chapter alone sponsors children every year. Last year we sponsored a little boy who's wish was to go to Disney World. We raised enough money to send him and his family on a vacation to Orlando, Florida in order to attend events at Disney World. This year we raised enough money to grant two little girls' wishes to go on a shopping spree in the city of Lawrence.