CHI OMEGA AND MAKE-A-WISH®
The Iota Alpha Chapter at SMU is so proud to support Chi Omega’s national philanthropy, The Make-A-Wish Foundation. This alliance was established in 2002, and Chi Omega has raised over 12.9 million dollars since then to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. As a chapter, our philanthropy events include Bid for Wishes, Work it for Wishes, and Chi O Cool-Off. Through our fundraising efforts, we are able to help our local chapter of Make-A-Wish® North Texas grant the wishes of several children each year. We are so lucky to have the opportunity to work closely with the North Texas office by volunteering, becoming Wish Granters, and spending time with wish kids and their families. Upon pledging Chi Omega, our new members even get the chance to tour the Make-A-Wish® North Texas office and see how all our efforts pay off. A wish experience is a dream come true and offers hope and courage during such a critical time for these children. We couldn’t be more honored to support such an amazing organization and we hope to see you at our events!
BID FOR WISHES
Every Spring during Chi Omega Parents’ Weekend, we host an auction benefiting Make-A-Wish North Texas. The event begins with a social hour reception for our graduating seniors, followed by a silent and live auction and dinner. Bid For Wishes is a fun evening including both a silent and live auction, as well as raffle items. Thanks to hundreds of donors, we are able to help raise thousands of dollars to donate to Make-A-Wish North Texas. Each year, we are able to invite a wish kid and their family to be our guest of honor for the evening, adding to their Wish experience. Bid For Wishes, our biggest event of the year, brings together our Chi Omega sisters, families, and friends to celebrate the work of Make-A-Wish North Texas. Although the event will look a little different this year due to COVID-19, we hope to bring to life the wishes of even more children this year through a socially-distanced version of the event!
WORK IT FOR WISHES
Each Fall, we host a fashion show benefitting Make-A-Wish North Texas. Our Chi Omega actives usually work the runway in fashion-forward clothes from up-scale stores in the area. This year due to COVID-19, instead of a fashion show with a live audience, Chi Omega paired with 5 local boutiques during the week of November 9-13. Each boutique was assigned a day where a portion of their sales were donated to Make-A-Wish North Texas. This week was paired with a raffle for NorthPark Gold and a virtual fashion show through Chi Omega's social media. This was such a great way to partner with the local Dallas community to benefit Make-A-Wish!
As Summer comes to an end (but the heat decides to stick around), our Chi Omega sisters reunite and host an afternoon event called Chi O Cool Off with snow cones in front of our beautiful house and all ticket sale proceeds benefitting Make-A-Wish. As our first event of the school year, our Philanthropy Chairs speak to the group and remind us why we support Make-A-Wish.