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Donor of the Month, ASU Chi Omega

ASU Chi Omega, Donor of the Month
Since its national partnership with Make-A-Wish began in 2002, the Chi Omega chapter at Arizona State University has raised more than $250,000 for Make-A-Wish Arizona to fund wishes for Arizona children fighting critical illnesses.

Stephanie Lewis is a junior at Arizona State University and a proud member of Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity. While new to the annual role as Director of Community Service, she is no stranger to Make-A-Wish and incredible work of the organization.

“Growing up in Colorado, my high school hosted Wish Weeks to raise money for Make-A-Wish. I was on the dance team and performed at these assemblies, met with wish kids, and accompanied them when we organized fundraisers at nearby restaurants,” said Stephanie.

ASU Chi Omega, Donor of the Month 

Her favorite Make-A-Wish moment was escorting a wish family onto the court during an assembly her senior year in high school.

“It meant a lot to see their faces light up and to see them tear up as they realized how many people raised money so they could receive a once-in-a-lifetime wish experience,” she said.

Because of her past experience, Stephanie applied to be her chapter’s Director of Community Service, which leads members in fundraising and building awareness for Make-A-Wish Arizona. She presents every Monday night at Chi Omega meetings, and regularly visits other Greek life sororities and fraternities, where she shares fun facts about Make-A-Wish to get students excited to participate in their fundraising efforts.

ASU Chi Omega, Donor of the Month

“Every year, we host Waffles for Wishes in our sorority house. It’s a really fun event where students can donate to eat unlimited waffles, listen to music and hang out with other fraternities and sororities. We also have Swishes for Wishes, a basketball tournament, and our annual gala benefiting Make-A-Wish.”

ASU Chi Omega, Donor of the Month

“Last year at our gala, we raised money to grant a child’s wish for a wheelchair-accessible backyard. It motived not only me but my entire chapter,” said Stephanie, who believes stories like these are key to connecting others to the Make-A-Wish mission. “This year, we hope to have a wish kid speak to our chapter about the impact of their wish.”

Stephanie’s behind-the-scenes work has helped her realize how many people are involved in a single wish.

“I have grown so much as a person and leader thanks to my work as director. My major is education and the patience and leadership skills I’ve gained are invaluable; I’ve already seen how it’s helping me with my current internship,” she said.

ASU Chi Omega, Donor of the Month

Last year, ASU Chi Omega beat their previous fundraising record, raising more than $60,000 for Make-A-Wish Arizona. Stephanie hopes to top that amount this year, but she still remains humble.

“I have three amazing chairs on my committee so I don’t do this on my own. Without my chapter’s support, none of this would be possible,” she said.

ASU Chi Omega, Donor of the Month

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Make-A-Wish Arizona is the founding chapter of Make-A-Wish, the international wish granting organization. Our chapter grants incredible wishes every day for Arizona children with critical illnesses. We want to share the stories of our wishes -- and the inspiration, creativity, imagination and life-affirming enthusiasm that they bring -- with you.

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