DelVal students help the Make-A-Wish Foundation send a local girl to Hawaii

May 23, 2012


DelVal students raised $1200 at their May 5 campus fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The money raised by DelVal, along with money raised by other colleges, was enough to grant a local girl’s wish to go to Hawaii.

Make-A-Wish brings hope to children with life threatening medical conditions by granting wishes. The organization started with one boy with leukemia’s wish to be a police officer and has grown to an organization that is able to grant a child’s wish every 40 minutes.

Laci Olivia, a DelVal student who is dual majoring in animal science and livestock management, started DelVal’s annual fundraiser for Make-A-Wish.

The Wrestle for A Wish fundraiser, which was held on campus this month, was even more successful than last year's event, which brought in $800 for the foundation.

Wrestle for a Wish is a JELL-O wrestling event on campus each year that has a strict dress code of t-shirts or tank tops and shorts. Students and even a few faculty come out to participate. Students sell t-shirts, have a raffle, and charge $2 a person to wrestle for those who didn't buy t-shirts.

DelVal's College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan came out to support the event. He is shown here with Laci and the refs.

Olivia got involved because of her personal connection to the foundation and her belief in the work that it does.

The foundation granted a wish for a friend of Olivia’s when she was in high school.

“I got into Make-A-Wish when my friend had a wish granted for her,” said Olivia. “She was very ill. The foundation is very near and dear to my heart. It is a great charity to work with, you know that your money actually goes to help kids.”

She recently got to visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation where she learned about the child's wish that the money from this year's fundraiser will help support.

“My child is from New Hope.  She is an eleven-year-old girl that wishes to go to Hawaii," said Olivia.  "My donation, and plenty of other colleges’ campus events, were able to sponsor her whole wish including a backpack full of goodies, airfare, hotel accommodations, meals, limousine travel to and from the airport, spending money for each family member as well as activities and a luau for all of the family.  She is very excited about going fishing in Hawaii!”

Recent wishes the organization has granted include: a little girl Ella’s wish to meet pop star and actress Selena Gomez, 10-year-old Vinnie’s wish to go to NHL All-Star Weekend, and 6-year-old Evan’s wish to have a wheelchair accessible pirate ship in his backyard. Sterling, a 12-year-old boy with a condition that keeps his heart valves from closing, wished to go to WrestleMania. Thanks to the foundation, a limousine picked Sterling up to take him to the stadium where he met some of the star wrestlers.