Make-A-Wish Benefiting from Efforts of Southeast Greek Students



Nov. 21, 2003 – The Metro St. Louis and Greater Missouri chapters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation are benefiting in a big way thanks to the efforts of Greek students at Southeast Missouri State University.

Southeast Greek students raised $32,038 during Greek Week 2003 last spring to support a number of charities, including $12,814 for these Make-A-Wish chapters. As a result of their work and dedication, the students will be listed in the Summer/Fall 2004 issue of Gateway Wishes.

This is the second consecutive year Southeast Greek students will be recognized in the publication. In the Summer/Fall 2003 issue, Southeast is credited for a donation in excess of $5,000 to the Metro St. Louis chapter of Make-A-Wish. The publication recognized the students’ 2002 contribution of $5,213 to the Metro St. Louis chapter.

“We were the only University to be listed at such a high level of giving and are in the company of some prominent St. Louis businesses,” including Monsanto, Emerson, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, Adam’s Mark and Aramark, said Gretchen Weber, Southeast assistant director for student involvement. “This was the first time Greek students donated money raised in conjunction with Greek Week to Make-A-Wish.”

In addition to its contribution last year to the Metro St. Louis chapter of Make-A-Wish, Southeast Greek students also donated $5,213 to the Greater Missouri chapter of Make-A-Wish  based in Springfield, Mo.

“In one year, Southeast Greek students gave $10,426 to Make-A-Wish chapters in Missouri,” Weber said. “Between the Metro St. Louis and Greater Missouri chapters, Greek students are not only impacting the lives of ill children and their families throughout Missouri, but also Southern Illinois.”

In addition to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, several other organizations also have benefited from Greek Week 2003 donations. Southeast Greek students donated $12,048 to the Area Wide United Way, which assisted the University in reaching its United Way goal; $5,125 to Special Olympics of Missouri, which made Southeast Greeks a year-round, statewide sponsor; and $2,050 to the Cape Girardeau Fire Department to help in purchasing equipment to locate people trapped during a fire.

Weber said the Southeast Greek community will be recognized at the Missouri Special Olympics banquet Jan. 17 at the Lake of the Ozarks for their monetary contribution as well as their volunteer time at the Southeast Missouri Track and Field Day last spring.