DelVal students to host second annual Wrestle for a Wish fundraiser for Make-A-Wish

May 03, 2012

Two DelVal faculty members participate in the 2011 Wrestle for A Wish event at DelVal, which raised about $800 for Make-A-Wish.

DelVal students and maybe even a few faculty members will be wrestling in a pit of JELL-O at noon on the campus volleyball court near Work Hall to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Saturday, May 5. Participants will adhere to a strict dress code of t-shirts or tanks tops and shorts. The rain date for the event is May 6.

Last year, the event raised about $800 for Make-A-Wish.

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 junior dual majoring in animal science and livestock management, started the DelVal fundraiser 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.”

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.

The event at DelVal will include both male and female participants. Only DelVal faculty, staff, and students will be permitted to wrestle.

Students have been selling t-shirts for $10 on campus. Those who purchased shirts in advance will wrestle for free. Participants who have not purchased shirts are welcome to wrestle for $2 on the day of the event.

Each pair will have three one-minute rounds. The contestant who wins two out of three rounds will be declared the match winner.

There will also be a raffle at the event to raise additional funds for the foundation. Winners of each match will get a free raffle ticket.

Prizes include themed gift baskets. One is a movie basket with passes, popcorn and candy. The other is a “Dinner for Two” gift basket with gift cards to restaurants.

The students will also have a donation jar for people to contribute to the foundation at the event.

Nat’s Pizza of Doylestown donated Italian ice and Bottom Dollar Food donated chips for the event.

Olivia is proud of the DelVal students and their support of the foundation. She wants to encourage students to participate in high numbers again in this year’s event.

“Make-A-Wish is such great organization and I want to encourage students to come out and help,” said Olivia.