Chi Omega sorority at Mississippi State will be having its first annual "Wish Week" with all the proceeds benefitting their philanthropy, the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"It is our goal that, through Wish Week, Chi Omega will be able to grant several wishes to local children with life-threatening illnesses so that we may enrich their human experience with hope, strength, and joy," said Sally Beth Allred, a communication major and Chi Omega's Philanthropy Chairman.
One Make-A-Wish child will be the beneficiary to Chi Omega's cause this week.
"This year's Wish Week will fund the wish of Starkville resident, Zoe Perkins. Zoe is a precious six year old girl who battles childhood cancer," Allred says.
Zoe's wish is to visit Disney World with her family.
"Chi Omega and Wish Week have made this wish a reality! Zoe will be traveling to Disney World in mid-October," Allred said.
"By being able to grant Zoe's wish, I feel like all of our chapter's hard work will be worth it. It is so amazing that we are starting a new campus tradition through Wish Week," said Emily Nations, a biological engineering major and assistant to chairman.
"Wish Week 2010 features a kickoff event, a kickball tournament, a 5K race, and most importantly, a song and dance competition entitled LimeLight," Allred says.
LimeLight features MSU students who will perform a choreographed dance in front of Humphrey Coliseum.
Tickets for LimeLight are $5 pre-sale and can be purchased from any Chi Omega or you can buy tickets on the Drill Field this Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets will be $10 at the door.
"It is our wish that LimeLight becomes an honored tradition at Mississippi State as similar events have become at their respective schools. We hope that LimeLight, as well as Chi Omega's contribution to the Make-A-Wish Foundation will continue to grow for many years to come," Allred says.
Allred is glad to have the Make-A-Wish Foundation as Chi Omega's philanthropy because of the foundation's platform.
"We are happy to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation by giving both our time and resources because Chi Omega believes in the foundation's mission and its impact on the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses," she said.
Registration for the 5K begins on the day of the event — this Saturday — at 7:30 a.m. at North Farm with the event beginning at 8 a.m.
Runners can get a registration form online at http://www.chiomsu.com  and the $15 cost includes a T-shirt.
Miss Mississippi Sarah Beth James will be the DJ of the final event. James is a Chi Omega member preparing for the Miss America pageant in January.
Allred is glad to see the hard work Chi Omega has put into this week and is ready to make Zoe's dream a reality.
"The Women of Chi Omega have worked very hard to make Wish Week an event that our campus and community will look forward to every year. We want everyone to know that it's not about us. It's about fundraising for an amazing organization and helping children like Zoe have experiences only imagined in their dreams," Allred said.