In the spring of last year, UM Stars, a University organization affiliated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, set it sights on fulfilling one wish for a child stricken with a life-threatening illness. But after a successful start with its first two charity events, it is now hoping to grant multiple wishes. The student group began when LSA sophomore Jeff Tosoian — now president of the organization — coordinated with the University’s Greek community to see who was interested in creating an organization to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Now after having started the organization just a year ago, UM Stars has raised about $4,000 dollars, Tosoian said. Moreover, the organization has increased its membership. “We have a full board with over 20 people and about 500 members,” said Jeannie Uh, UM Stars Director of University Affairs.Tosoian said the organization was able to raise $1,600 through renting out ice skates at its ice skating event held at Yost Ice Arena, and it also raised about $1,000 in another fundraising event held at the club Necto. Donations have made up the rest of the total funds raised, added Tosoian. One of these donations was raised during the Mud Bowl last October hosted by the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon.The fraternity doubled the amount raised at the bowl, which amounted to $500 for UM Stars. Although not officially a part of the Make-A-Wish foundation, UM Stars contributes financially to the foundation. UM Stars is organizing future charity events to increase the amount of money it has collected for the organization. “We are working on Wings for Wishes, another charity event for sometime in March to be held at Buffalo Wild Wings,” Uh said. “This event will be accomplished by giving students fliers which will allow Buffalo Wild Wings to donate a percentage of each student’s purchase to UM Stars,” Uh added. The Organization will also be holding a charity event during Greek Week called Penny Wars — a competition to raise money by donating change. Greek houses will be competing against each other to raise the most money in the Penny Wars. UM Stars is hopping to raise a significant amount of money so it can grant multiple wishes to deserving children in the spring. “UM Stars will be able to choose the wish that we are able to fulfill and then donate the money to the Make-A-Wish foundation,” said Tosonia.The organization’s next meeting will be Feb. 15 in the Wolverine Room of the Michigan Union.

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