Chi Omega National Alliance
Since 1895, Chi Omega Fraternity members have given their time and talent to provide service to others. In the late 1990s, the leadership in Chi Omega researched opportunities for establishing a national philanthropy, and in 2002, they announced the Chi Omega/Make-A-Wish alliance.
Since the start of this alliance, Chi Omega has raised more than 20 million dollars and has volunteered over 1,000,000 hours for Make-A-Wish. Because of this commitment, they recognize Chi Omega as one of their Cause Champion sponsors.
Our Fraternity's goal is to have both collegiate and alumnae chapters become increasingly involved in volunteering and fundraising for Make-A-Wish and to assist in the granting of wishes to these courageous kids. Through this, all Chi Omegas can understand the importance of service to others as a founding principle of our Sisterhood. For more information about Make-A-Wish and Chi Omega, visit here.
Rho Alpha's Efforts
The Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. Our chapter of Chi Omega has adopted seven wishes over the past few years, raising money to fulfill all of their wishes!
Mizzou Chi Omega holds several philanthropy events throughout the year to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation. Our fall event is an annual late-night dinner, Night Owl Nachos, that serves all-you-can-eat nachos. In the spring semester, we have Wish Week, a week full of philanthropy efforts. During our annual Wish Week, we host another late-night dinner called Waffles for Wishes, serving all-you-can-eat waffles. Also during this week, we host Swishes for Wishes, a basketball tournament that other organizations compete in. Throughout Wish Week, we have profit-shares, sell merchandise, and create a fun atmosphere to help grant wishes for our wish kids.
We sent 14-year-old Kaiden on a shopping spree to Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri. We have also granted many wishes to go to Disney World, including Kaiden's 10-year-old sister Klaudia, 9-year-old Wesley, and 4-year-old Julia. In 2017, our efforts raised money to grant Katie and Xander's wish and sent them both to Disney World as well. We hosted a superhero themed wish party for Xander, in which he had the opportunity to meet the Mizzou Baseball Team.
This past year, our wish kid was sweet 6-year-old Gemma. Gemma is a happy girls battling primary immune deficiency (PID). As a result of her illness, she has chronic ear infections and has undergone eight surgeries on her ears alone. Gemma is restricted from many activities other kids can participate in. However, she is an excellent singer and dancer, enjoys playing with slime, and loves everything sparkly and pink. We threw her a princess themed wish party where our chapter had the chance to share in her happiness. Through our late-night dinners and Wish Week, Rho Alpha was over the moon to raise the money needed to grant her wish to see the magic of Disney World.