The Make-A-Wish Foundation is our national philanthropy and was established to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. All of the philanthropies sponsored by Chi Omega go to benefit Make-A-Wish, and it is our sisters' passion for this foundation that unites us in our philanthropic goals each year. Our sisters are deeply connected to the cause, as we've had sisters who are Wish Granters, family members of Wish Kids, and even have a sister who was granted a wish herself. This national organization has various branches throughout the United States, and the Gamma Beta chapter is connected to Make-A-Wish Los Angeles to contribute to wishes granted near our home base of UCLA.
On average, a wish is granted every 34 minutes and this foundation has benefitted nearly 300,000 children since its inception with many more to come. Chi Omega is proud to support this organization on a national scale, and us here at the Gamma Beta chapter are so thrilled to be working so closely with Make-A-Wish Los Angeles to further support our community. Keep reading below to take a closer look at the events we put on each year in honor of Make-A-Wish!
WINGS FOR WISHES!
Check out this video to see what our annual Wings for Wishes event is all about!
Wings for Wishes is an annual bracket-style wing eating contest to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation! This tournament for wing-eating supremacy incorporates teams from all across Greek life. Our Chi Omega sisters serve as team captains for each participating team to hype them up, cheer them on, and coach them to eat as many wings as they can as fast as possible! This is our biggest philanthropy event of the year and takes place during fall quarter each year. Teams compete against one another until the winners from each of the sorority and fraternity brackets are crowned, and 100% of the proceeds are donated to Make-A-Wish!
Chi Omega is also proud to support many of the other philanthropic activities UCLA's Greek Life has to offer.
Pancake dishes to grant wishes
Pancake Dishes to Grant Wishes is an all-you-can-eat pancake buffet hosted at our beautiful chapter house here on campus! For just $5, anyone on campus can come to Chi Omega and join in on our pancake obsession! All of the pancakes are made by our amazing house chef Celsie with love (and a little bit if syrup). It is a great way to come hang out with friends and support an amazing cause, plus we get to revamp our love for philanthropy in winter quarter after Wings for Wishes in the fall! Again, 100% of the proceeds go, of course, to Make-A-Wish! Who doesn't love a little breakfast for dinner?
Here's a tiny sneak peak into our event! Cheers to all our breakfast lovers out there!
If we as a chapter are fortunate enough to raise enough money each year, we are given the incredible opportunity to grant a wish for a child on behalf of Make-A-Wish Los Angeles. This is an amazing collaboration between the foundation and our chapter to organize a truly special wish reveal for an extremely deserving young child. This year, we were able to grant sweet Carolina her wish to go to Disneyland at the church her family attends in front of all her supporters. Our sisters even dressed up as Elsa and Anna from Carolina's favorite movie, Frozen, to make her experience that much more special.
This is what makes all of our philanthropic efforts throughout the year worth it. To see our dedication come to life is the greatest experience for our chapter. We can't wait for many more wish reveals to come!