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.
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.
“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.”
“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.
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.