By AMBER ALEXANDER
BB Staff Writer
Chi Omega’s Wish Week ended Friday night with “LimeLight”, an event that featured all the different sororities and fraternities make up their own routines for a crowd of more than 2,000 people.
“This week in general was such a success and LimeLight on Friday had a great turnout, especially being the very first year this production was put on,” Mary Margaret McPherson, marketing major and Chi Omega member, says.
McPherson, along with her Chi Omega sisters, spent the week selling tickets for LimeLight as well as the 5K run that was this past Saturday.
“LimeLight was a huge success! In the event’s first year, we sold over 2,200 tickets, and the show ran very smoothly,” Sally Beth Allred says.
Allred had fear that with the event being so new, it might not go as hoped.
“With LimeLight being brand new to the campus of MSU, we were nervous about starting the event at the Humphrey Coliseum. I feel as though the participation of 16 different organizations helped us to spread the word to more people. Next year, we hope to have even more groups participate, both Greek and independent,” Allred said.
Both McPherson and Allred emphasized the reason for the week of events, to give Starkville resident Zoe Perkins, 6, her wish for a trip to Disney World. Zoe has been battling childhood cancer.
“Not only was the week a lot of fun, but it also helped raise money to send Zoe to Disney World, and that itself is something to be proud of,” McPherson says.
“Zoe had a blast! Since the night was all about Zoe, she was welcomed to the event with a pizza party in her own private dressing room where Chi Omegas gave her a make-over and painted her nails.
“When LimeLight began, Miss Mississippi, Sarah Beth James, crowned her as Queen of Wish Week!” Allred says.
The groups that competed Friday night were MSU sororities and fraternities. The fraternity division winner was Phi Delta Theta and the sorority division winner was Phi Mu. Zoe got to choose her own winner and she chose Kappa Sigma, according to Allred.
The final amount will not be determined until sales of the LimeLight DVD are finalized but Allred said he is very excited about what the estimated amount is.
“We are aiming to give the Make-A-Wish Foundation over $40,000. This will grant at least five wishes, including Zoe’s wish.
“The Make-A-Wish Foundation averages that there are five children eligible for a wish in the Golden Triangle area each year, so we are extremely pleased to have met the goal of granting five wishes,” Allred says.
Chi Omega’s President Catherine Randall said she is excited about the outcome of the week and looks forward to it becoming a tradition in Chi Omega.
“We are so excited that we were able to grant Zoe’s wish and hope that LimeLight will become a lasting tradition at Mississippi State that will help make many more children’s dreams come true,” Randall says.