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Cupcakes for Kids


Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 16:12

Cupcakes for kids

Photos by J. Christoffersen/ The Gateway

Marissa Rucker paints faces at the Cupcakes for Kids event on Oct. 13.

After a week of preparation involving flyers, Facebook and canvassing students on campus, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Chi Omega chapter fall fundraiser, Cupcakes-for-Kids, was finally underway.

Cupcakes-for-Kids, held on Oct. 13, raises money for the Nebraska chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish foundation grants wishes for children who have life-threatening medical diagnoses.

The annual fundraiser began in 2011 when Chi Omega partnered with Jones Bros. Cupcakes for the cause. Jones Bros. agreed to make a custom cupcake and donate a percentage of the profits to the foundation.

This year the tradition continued with a new custom cupcake accompanied by games and face painting for kids and a raffle for adults.  Several businesses donated to the raffle this year, including Bath & Body Works, Mangelsens, Noodles & Company, Scheels and more. Chi Omega hoped to surpass the donation amount received at the premier event.

“In the previous two years, we have raised $1,100 each year. We always strive to exceed the previous year’s total,”  said Megan Palik, Chi Omega’s president.

This year they raised over $1,000 from just the raffles and free-will donations.

The average cost to grant a wish is nearly $7,500 according to the organization’s website. Nationally, Chi Omega has raised over $eight million since it partnered with Make-A-Wish in 2002. The cause is deeply rooted in the hearts of many of the Chi Omegas at UNO.

“I think we all have a connection with Make-A-Wish, especially because we have been given the opportunity to meet several wish kids and help throw them send-off parties before they get to experience the wish,” said Kylee Menizer, Chi Omega’s philanthropy/community service chair.

Menizer was honored when she had the opportunity to plan a send-off part for one of the Make-A-Wish foundation children last spring.

“Just being able to get her mind off of her disease and being able to get her excited for her trip was an amazing experience,” Menizer said.

Last Sunday they got to meet several families at the event that have been affected by the program which left a strong impression on them.

“We met a father whose daughter was a Make-A-Wish kid,” Palik said. “I met a woman whose aunt was a wish kid and had two different wishes granted.”

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