BY ALEX GRUBER
On Friday, April 24, Wishmakers on Campus held their event “Rhythm and Wishes” starting at 7 p.m. in the Michels Ballroom at St. Norbert College.
Wishmakers on Campus is a student organization that holds events on campus to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-a-Wish Foundation is an organization based on the mission of “granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions” and “enriching the human experience with hope, strength and joy,” according to the Wishmakers’ website.
This was the first year the Wishmakers on Campus organized “Rhythm and Wishes.” Wishmakers received support and materials from Main Street Market, Sash and Bow of Green Bay and the Royal Montessori Academy of Green Bay.
Tickets to the event were $10. A cash bar, raffle baskets and silent auction items were also present. All proceeds from “Rhythm and Wishes” went to benefit Katie, a five-year-old from Green Bay with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that creates tumors on skeletal muscles.
Katie’s wish was to travel to the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas. The fundraising goal for Rhythm and Wishes was $8000. Before Rhythm and Wishes started at 7 p.m., Wishmakers on Campus were already within $400 of their goal.
“The event came together nicely for its first year,” said Jackie Herlache ’18, a member of Wishmakers on Campus.
“This is a good event going for a great charity and making people more aware of the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” said Monica Helman ’18, one of the many individuals at the event.
Kelsey Rice ’15, the president of Wishmakers on Campus, introduced Rhythm and Wishes as it started. Rice worked as an intern at the Make-A-Wish Foundation during the summer of 2014, motivating her to start a chapter of Wishmakers on Campus at St. Norbert College.
At the event, 13 group and solo acts of SNC students performed, providing the entertainment for the evening.
Two individuals benefited by the Make-A-Wish Foundation spoke in between the performances. The first Wish Kid was Isaiah, a four-year-old who had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer, shortly before turning two. His sister spoke to the audience of Isaiah’s granted wish, going to Disney World and Universal Studios.
“The trip to Disney World gave Isaiah his fight and his courage,” she said. “The Make-A-Wish Foundation gives you back your family.”
The second Wish Kid to speak was Melissa Bruebach ’15, who had received a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation when she was much younger. Born prematurely, Bruebach underwent numerous surgeries, procedures and hospital visits throughout her childhood.
Bruebach’s wish to go to Disney World was granted, giving her the chance to “be a kid again,” as she said it, for five days.
As the evening drew to a close, the Wishmakers stated that they had surpassed their goal of $8,000 for Katie. After final tallies of online and event donations, the Rhythm and Wishes stated that they had raised a total of $10,704.
“I am so grateful for all the time and effort put into our first event,” said Mackenzie Hanus ’15, a member of Wishmakers on Campus who helped emcee Rhythm and Wishes. “The Make-A-Wish Foundation has been so successful in northeastern Wisconsin.”