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.
Each autumn, Epsilon Gamma hosts Hootiefest
, our week-long celebration of the Make-A-Wish Foundation's accomplishments and fundraiser for its efforts. Monday kicks off with a campus-wide dinner, with just about everything you could imagine as local restaurants donate everything from Mexican to Chinese to chili! With raffles and games throughout the night, the dinner allows us to combine two of our favorite things - raising money for Make-A-Wish and having a lot of fun! The week continues with the annual Chi O Sing competition, a singing competition that allows some of TU's most talented (...or just enthusiastic!) to show off their pipes for a good cause. Fall of 2012, Hootiefest raised $19,050,
enough to fully fund 4
childrens' wishes! Our high standards for community service continued through Hootiefest 2013, when we again raised thousands of dollars!
It's an honor for Chi Omega to team up with such a wonderful organization - we consider our relationship with Make-A-Wish one of our most important focuses. We're lucky that this partnership extends beyond philanthropy; we also participate directly in Make-A-Wish functions. We love hosting send-off parties
at the Chi Omega house, inviting Wish kids about to embark on their adventure to come play games, enjoy cake & ice cream, and celebrate their story with their families.
One of our most treasured traditions is hosting annual Make-A-Wish art parties
at the Chi Omega house. Chi O's and Wish Kids team up to glue, glitter, and fingerpaint their ways to masterpieces, which are later auctioned to donors at Make-A-Wish fundraisers. The opportunity to interact with such extraordinary children and their families is a wonderful gift, and we love each of them!