Phi Delta Sisters Create Hugely Successful Wish Week at Mississippi State U
Initiated with astounding success in October 2011 by the Sisters of Phi Delta Chapter at Mississippi State U, Wish Week 2012 is now eagerly anticipated by the entire student body.
"We only had small individual philanthropic activities before we started Wish Week," said Ruth Hardin Bryan, philanthropy chair of Wish Week 2011. "Originally it was only a song-and-dance competition, but our seniors wanted to create a large-scale, campus-wide philanthropy project."
The event was an instant hit with Greeks and non-Greeks alike. In fact, the women raised more than $47,000 with Wish Week 2011. "That exceeded the 2010 total by more than $15,000," said Ruth. "When we were told the final fundraising numbers 2011, I was so excited. It made me feel good to know we had made that kind of impact."
The week-long event started with a Kick-Off Party attended by thousands, followed by a kickball tournament, and culminating with Limelight, the song-and-dance competition.
"The Make-A-Wish organization was very helpful to the in making Wish Week successful. They found a local child with a Wish," said Ruth. "That child came to all our Wish Week activities, and we fulfilled her Wish along with many others. Having her as the face of our Wish Week helped fundraising efforts because students could identify our philanthropy with a local child in need."