Every day, Make-A-Wish grants approximately 45 wishes. That is 45 children who have been given a renewed sense of faith when faced with a level of adversity that the majority of their peers have never even considered. If you’re unfamiliar with what Make-A-Wish does, they grant children with life-threatening illnesses the opportunity to have their wildest dreams come true. Whether it is a trip to Disney World to a shopping spree to being a Navy bomb squad member, the wish is the child’s command. Scientifically, it has been proven that after a child receives a wish they, “A combined 89 percent of doctors, nurses and health professionals surveyed say they believe a wish experience can influence wish kids' physical health.” So not only is the wish bringing pleasure to children in desperate need of a distraction, but they provide medical benefits as well.
Now, why am I am telling you about this amazing non-profit? Within my sorority, Chi Omega, Make-A-Wish is the national philanthropy that our organization supports. Within my organization, I am the philanthropy chair, so it is my job to ensure that our organization is hosting events to raise money. This past Sunday I hosted an event called Color Me Chi O. Essentially what it is, is a dodgeball tournament, but instead of using plush balls, participants are dodge paint filled balloons (hence the “Color Me” part of the event’s title).
The results of the event: 20 teams (120 participants), 10 sponsors, 3,000 water balloons, and $2,800 raised. Needless to say a lot of money was raised, a lot of people were colored, and a lot of fun was had, but for me the most rewarding part was watching the culmination of months of planning come to fruition. Planning large-scale philanthropy events takes a lot of thinking ahead, planning for the unexpected, and having a few good assistants to help you along the way. I can never begin to take full credit for this event, for my assistants were instrumental in making this event happen. My sisters in Chi Omega helped fill the balloons, run water, and sign-up teams and for that I am very grateful. I look forward to continuing my role as philanthropy chair and giving back to the Make-A-Wish foundation, an organization that should make us all a little more thankful for what we have.
Written by: Emma Labovitz