Mercer’s Chi Omega chapter, Psi Gamma, hosted their annual Oodles of Noodles event to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Tuesday, Mar. 19.
This is Chi Omega’s seventh consecutive year putting on this event.
Sophomore Melina McSwiggen organized the event held in Penfield Hall from 5 to 8 p.m.
The $5 admission fee included a buffet style dinner including salad, pasta, bread and drinks.
The dinner included several different types of pasta dishes catered by Olive Garden and Mirko Pasta.
Chi Omega sisters greeted the attendants at the door with smiling faces and positive attitudes. The sisters were in charge of setting up the event, serving food, selling tickets and promoting the event around Mercer.
Students from all sectors of Mercer came out to enjoy the fettuccini alfredo and spaghetti meals while jamming out to a rock star playlist.
Attendants enjoyed the meal at red clothed tables complete with fresh flower center pieces for added ambiance.
Sophomore Caris Bozeman said, “The food tastes even better when you know it’s going to such a great cause.
Chi Omega’s philanthropy organization, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, specializes in granting “wishes” to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
McSwiggen said that Chi Omega wants to raise $5000 by the end of the school year because that is the average amount of money needed to grant the wish of one child.
She said, “Just imagine being a kid being sick in your bed all day, and they feel like they have no hope of getting better. And all of a sudden someone comes up to you and says ‘What would you want to do if you could do anything in the world?’ and they’re able to do it even though they never thought it was possible. It gives them new hope for life.”
All sisters of the Chi Omega fraternity are passionate about this cause as they strive to support the granting of wishes of kids all around the nation.
Chi Omega Psi Gamma Chapter also hosts Walk for Wishes in the fall to contribute to the Foundation, but McSwiggen promised something “new and different” for next year.
It is special events like Oodles of Noodles and Walk for Wishes that contribute to the overall success of the Make-A-Wish Foundation through the Chi Omega Fraternity.
Nationwide, Chi Omega has sponsored the Make-A-Wish Foundation for 10 years.
Within that time, the fraternity has granted 1300 wishes, raised over $9.3 million and dedicated 610,000 hours of service.
Needless to say, the noodles served at Oodles of Noodles did more than just satisfy hungry college students. Every little bit of time and money contributed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation can lead to a major impact in the life of a child.
Keep a look out for future events sponsored by Chi Omega that aid this worthy cause.