The Cal Poly Pomona Beta Kappa chapter of Chi Omega Fraternity hosted its annual philanthropy week to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation from Feb. 5 to Feb. 9.

Make-A-Wish Week is a week filled with several events for the purpose to support and raise money for the foundation which grants wishes to children battling critical illnesses.

Allie Nelson, a third-year communication student and Make-A-Wish chair, was excited to raise as much money possible for the foundation.

“We are one of the top chapters in the country that donates money to Make-A-Wish as well as being the number one source of donations from an organization in the L.A. county,” Nelson said.  

The planning of the philanthropy week began last September as it had to be approved by the Panhellenic Council.  

Members of Chi Omega and other Greek organizations gathered in the University Quad for various events. (Melissa Lopez | The Poly Post)

Chi Omega’s presence throughout the week was very recognizable as its red tent could be seen in the University Quad on several occasions throughout the week.

At the tent the members shared information about the organization’s philanthropy and sold shirts, bracelets and buttons.  

The result of the planning were several events including car and coin-jug decorating, a soccer tournament, a food sale and a banquet.  

Several members of the Greek community were present at the events to support the women of Chi Omega.

Organizations competed against one another by earning points and raising money.

At the end of the week the organization with the most points and money raised would be the winner of Make-A-Wish Week.  

Participating fraternities and sororities gathered at the top of the old parking structure last Monday to decorate cars with window markers.

Organizations also decorated jugs that would be carried throughout the week where they could collect donations inside.

The event served as the opening to the week and a gathering of who would be competing.

The chapter also held ‘Kickin’ It with Chi O,’ a soccer tournament last Wednesday at the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex.

Organizations were paired up against one another and played as competitors in order to win the games.  

Christian Pereira, a fourth-year technology operations management student and member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, believes that philanthropy weeks unite organizations for a common goal.

“Raising money for good causes is always a plus as it shows that Greeks are in college for more than media stereotyped partying,” Pereira said.  

“We are much better than that and we really want to do good in the world.”

The tournament was the most competitive event held throughout the week.  

The fraternity held the Chi-O Carnival, a food sale Thursday during U-hour at the University Quad.

At the carnival, participating organizations stood behind booths preparing and selling the food they had made for the event.

Hailey Arzaga, a third-year psychology student and member of Kappa Delta Sorority, encourages students to see what Greek life has to offer.

“Events like these are important since they allow us to make friends outside of our organizations and make us feel connected to the Cal Poly [Pomona] community, “ Arzaga said.  

Chi Omega held the annual Make-A-Wish Week banquet at the Diamond Bar Center.

The banquet was highly anticipated by participating students as well as the families and friends of Chi Omega members as it was a celebration that concluded the philanthropy week.

“Our banquet is one of the biggest events we have as last year it was the event that raised us the most amount of money, so we hope to make a lot from that alone,” Nelson said.  

In 2002 Chi Omega and Make-A-Wish announced its partnership which has resulted in the fraternity becoming one of the foundation’s Cause Champion Sponsors.

The chapter raised over $30,000 for Make-A-Wish from the duration of their 2018 Wish Week and is looking forward to hosting the event again next year.

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