Sorority To Sell Pancakes for Philanthropy

Kelly Fulton, Staff Writer

Chi Omega’s annual “Chi-Hop” fundraiser benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation is set for Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Baptist Student Ministry.

“Chi-Hop is exactly how it sounds. We set up a pancake dinner and sell tickets to raise money for our philanthropy. This is the seventh year we’ve done Chi-Hop,” Gabby Bone, sophomore member of Chi Omega said.

Most social fraternities and sororities partner with a national organization to help focus their philanthropic efforts and raise more money. Chi Omega is nationally partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization that specializes in arranging experiences or “wishes” to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“My favorite part of doing Chi-Hop is just seeing everyone come together. We get all dressed up and so many students and faculty come out to support the cause,” Bone said. “This is the season of giving and it feels good to do this event so close to the holidays.”

In addition to Chi-Hop, the sorority does an annual philanthropy event in the spring, also benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“We do Chi-Hop in the winter and a volleyball tournament in the spring. We call the volleyball tournament ‘Sand Slam.’ Last semester, we made about $2,000 from Sand Slam.”

Those who cannot make the pancake breakfast can still contribute to the Make-A-Wish Foundation through another holiday tradition.

“Every year, Macy’s collects “letters to Santa” in their department stores. Macy’s matches every letter with a dollar donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” Bone said.

Chi Omega National Women’s Fraternity holds the third top donor spot for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, just behind Justin Bieber and John Cena. Since their partnership started in 2001, Chi Omega has raised more than $13 million for Make-A-Wish.

Chi-Hop will be held at the BSM on Live Oak Street on Dec. 9. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance from any active member of Chi Omega and $7 at the door.