The Make-A-Wish Foundation has been near and dear to my heart since I was a Chi Omega in college, since the foundation is the sorority’s philanthropy. Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish foundation grants wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions. From trips to anywhere in the world to making a child a police officer for a day, the foundation works hard to raise funds that bring so much happiness to children and their families.
The Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas chapter recently held the Inaugural Shooting Stars Austin Event to benefit the organization and raise money for more wishes to be granted. The event began with a Wild Game Dinner at the Hyatt Regency, serving pork belly and Axis deer which of course, I had a taste of both and each entree was amazing! The pork belly melted in my mouth and the Axis was very tender and flavorful.
I spent some time talking with Amy King, the Wish Grantor for this region, who is also a Chi Omega alumna. Amy explained how precious this organization is to her, and that she feels privileged to be the Wish Grantor because her position not only impacts children, but it positively impacts her life, as well. Included in this event was a silent auction with numerous auction items to aid in raising money for more wishes. Wanda Schopp and Christine Duke helped with the auction, and it’s clear the two women feel passionate about this cause. Jason Winkler, from All American Classics, also helped with the auction. All American Classics is a company that helps to make fundraisers successful and offers a program called, “Auction in a Box” which is a customized selection of auction items for any and every sort of charity event.
Later in the evening, I had the pleasure of speaking with Bama Brown from the Kase 101 Bama, Rob and Heather Radio Show. Bama was one of the emcees for the evening, and his stories of working incredibly hard to raise large amounts of money for the organization were heartwarming. Bama is truly invested and passionate about the Make-A-Wish foundation! Later I met Pat and Katherine Jones, a young mom and dad who took their two-year-old son, Patton, to his annual doctor’s appointment only to find out that he had a life threatening form of cancer. Make-A-Wish granted Patton and his family the wish of visiting Lego Land, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World and other fun stops. The neat thing is that Katherine was actually one of the very first Make-A-Wish interns long before the organization had the opportunity to impact her family’s life.
The second part of this event was held in Buda, a pleasant, historic town just south of Austin, where the organization hosted a Sporting Clay Event at Dahlstrom Ranch. The event was not only enjoyable for the numerous guests, but it was very emotional and it helped to remind guests the importance of enjoying life and living for the now.
Be sure to join in on more fun while also supporting the foundation with the upcoming Over the Edge event on May 5th and 6th! The first 300 individuals or teams to raise a minimum of $1,500 will earn a spot to rappel down 32 stories of One American Center in downtown Austin. Chad Wicks, Director of Marketing, Communications and Events for the Make-A-Wish foundation explained to me that this event is intensely fun and he encourages anyone and everyone to participate! Click here to find out more and to register!