The men of the Delta Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the men of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. hosted a Make-a-Wish fundraiser in the Dr. Clinton Bristow Jr. Dining Facility lobby from October 4-6, 2017. The purpose of this event was to raise money and awareness for Make-A-Wish Mississippi. There were numerous monetary donations given and after giving a donation, students, faculty and staff were given a star to place their names on and the star would then be placed on the lobbies’ wall to showcase their contributions.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation gives money to children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. Through donations, fundraisers and sponsorships, the Foundation is able to make a difference in a child’s life. Make-A-Wish Mississippi, which is located in Ridgeland, Mississippi, was founded in 1984 in memory of Amy Leigh Adams, who was diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer. Each year, there are about 165 kids in Mississippi diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi’s goal is to grant the wish of every eligible child.
All proceeds from the two fraternities’ fundraiser were donated to Make-A-Wish Mississippi. Derry Harris, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, noted the importance of this event by stating, “I really enjoyed this event because knowing that the effort we put forward to make a child’s once in a lifetime dream come true is an accomplishment within itself. We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.”