Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Somewhere in Hanahan a little 3-year-old girl is fighting for her life and wanting to go to Disney World.
Meanwhile, Fort Dorchester High School's Beta Club students are working to raise money for Make-A-Wish to send this girl, who has cancer, on her dream trip to Disney.
Make-A-Wish is an organization that grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. For four years the Fort Dorchester's Beta Club has been involved with Make- A-Wish, said club adviser Tricia Andrews.
“We started supporting Make-A-Wish when we found out that so many kids – young and high school age – need help to fulfill their wishes,” she said. “We know that MAW cannot work alone and our kids have stepped up ever since.”
Every year the Beta Club hosts a Quarter Dip Dinner for Make-A-Wish in the spring – the most recent one was held March 21 in Fort Dorchester High School's cafeteria. The students organized a sort of potluck dinner that they prepared, and also held a barbecue competition within the dinner. The event brought many families who wanted to eat the dinner and help send a little girl to Disney World.
Along with the dinner students organized face-painting and other activities for kids, and local vendors showcased their businesses as well – vendors included It Works, Thirty-One, Origami Owl, Macaroni Kid, Mary Kay, Tupperware, and The Journey with Aisha.
Andrews said the first child the Beta Club helped through Make-A-Wish was a 15-year-old girl from Summerville who had been paralyzed and wanted to go on a cruise with her family.
“I supervise a fantastic group of kids who do amazing work in our community,” she said.
Dinner guests paid $5 per ticket to participate in the event. Tenth grader Madelyne Paulk was hoping for a large group of people to come and support Make-A-Wish. “The event is really to get everyone involved,” she said. “This is just our way of giving back. We really care about our community.”
Barb Mowery, the front desk receptionist for FDHS, was among the paying customers at the dinner. “I think it's amazing the school pulled together like this to make a little girl's wish come true,” she said.
Courtney Bunao, one of the school's assistant principals, was also present to support the cause and brought her family along to enjoy the dinner.
“We're so excited about it,” she said. “The students have done a good job organizing for such a good cause. They've done well.”