Wishmakers on Campus: Making a Difference

BY ELLA KIRBY

Wishmakers on Campus is a student-run organization benefiting Make-A-Wish Wisconsin that is new to St. Norbert College this year. It was officially approved as an organization this semester and the students who are part of it have done a great job in raising money and have some great events planned for the near future.

“The mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy,” says the Make-A-Wish Wisconsin website.

Kelsey Rice ’15 is President of the organization. She became involved with this cause through internships in the Milwaukee and Appleton Make-A-Wish offices and has been a very involved member ever since.

The Wishmakers’ first event took place at Buffalo Wild Wings in March, where the restaurant donated 10 percent of all their sales to the organization if people mentioned Wishmakers on Campus. Even though it was a small-scale event, the Wishmakers raised $156 to contribute to the foundation.

During spring break, Rice also attended a larger scale event hosted by Make-A-Wish Wisconsin called “Wish Night” in Milwaukee, which raised over $300,000.

The next event they have planned will be taking place here on campus on Friday, April 24. For anyone that is musically inclined, “Rhythm & Wishes” will be held in Michels Ballroom and will feature a number of student performers either singing solo or in a band. Six acts have already been confirmed, but the target number of performers is ten.

Rice and the other members of Wishmakers have worked extremely hard to put their Rhythm & Wishes event together in just one semester. They are planning on having this event annually, as well as holding a 5k run next year around the same time.

Tickets for Rhythm & Wishes will tentatively be priced at $10 each, welcoming both students and community members. The average wish for a child costs $7,500 and the goal of Rhythm & Wishes is to grant a wish to a child with a life-threatening medical condition, so the final goal is to raise $8,000.

Although Rice loves being president of this organization, it does not come without its hardships.

“You see both sides of their story. At first they might seem like a healthy child, you hear them talk about all of their likes and dislikes, but then you hear the sad side, that they’re battling a life-threatening medical condition. It’s a really bittersweet thing,” said Rice.

Rice and the rest of the student members involved in Wishmakers are excited to be hosting their first big event, as well as seeing the outcome it will make and the final amount they’re able to donate to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin. They encourage all those able to attend the event in support.

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