Chi Omega is incredibly grateful to Sisters, neighbors, first-responders, and many more who have stepped up throughout Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to help with bravery and generosity.
One such Sister is Dr. Jennifer McQuade (Lambda Gamma | Virginia, pictured below on the left), an oncologist at Houston’s MD Anderson Center, who has been dubbed “Harvey’s Hero” by many in the community. The following was written about Sister McQuade on Facebook by fellow physician, Dr. Lourdes Eco-Jea on September 3, 2017:
“I wanted to share here first a story about a new friend I made about a very special Harvey Hero…Jennifer McQuade.
“She has been working nonstop literally since the early hours that this disaster hit. She was on the ground at George R Brown Convention (GRB) Center (walked from her home a mile away) when she heard that medical teams were needed to accept the first few evacuees….and initiated an overwhelming response during this tragedy. She just put out calls for help and assistance from GRB and brought complete strangers together working side by side.
“She has orchestrated such an amazing heroic response with the resources given her as hundreds and then thousands were bussed and unloaded out of metro buses and dump trucks. In a few hours, GRB was already double the capacity of 5,000 and still accepting more.
“I have nicknamed her so many names in these past few days…”corporate” because she was able with the help of another local Physician Mothers Group bring in much needed insulin and refrigeration (a rare commodity!) from reps of Sonofi, Lilly…almost like magic and the wave of her wand.
“[Another nickname] Wonder woman… From my ongoing texts with her and core group of heroes and brave boots-on-the-ground Physician Mothers Groupers she was literally flying from station to station at both the super shelters of GRB and NRG Park helping set up the initial medical response with donated medications from all over the city that we collected, sorted, and stocked (initially there was only Tylenol and ibuprofen and first aid kits).
“The evacuees were picked up in the early morning hours as the flood waters entered their homes and left them no time to take their own medications….they needed their injectable insulin, blood pressure meds, anti-seizure meds, antibiotics, and their psych meds…as well as trying to figure out what to do with other chronic medical issue needs of renal patients, chemo patients, special needs kids, nursing home residents, patients on long term tube feedings, etc…fellow colleagues posted their concerns and suggestions trying to seek solutions together in real time and virtual space. With her finesse, we were able to hold the fort until the Red Cross finally was able to mobilize their trucks and supplies through the flooded city…the following day it was the same response as we mobilized in a new super shelter at the NRG Center with a capacity of 10k.
“Today, I called her my Harvey Hero…she is running on fumes by now (day 5) along with her incredible and brave partners-in-crime Regina Troxell and Ashley Saucier … but because of her love for the city and the people that have welcomed her to her new home…she continued to run and make things happen. [She] brought in pallets of strollers and pack-n-plays so the kids could sleep without fear of falling off the cots or sleeping on a cold, damp floor….and even started to help mobilize the medical response team at the the Alexandria super shelter in Louisiana, sending shipments of the medications collected from Houston and also Oklahoma driven in by another Physician Mother’s Grouper Suzanne Cole across to another state!
“I know she will likely be one of the many unsung heroes during this unfathomable natural disaster…but I would like even for a minute highlight the wonderful and heroic role that this one individual has played. With so much division in our country these past few weeks…getting to know an individual with so much unselfish love and concern for others has truly restored my faith in our humanity and our capacity to give of ourselves for others. She is an angel.”
Let the countdown begin! Celebrate Chi Omega and our five Founders by supporting our biggest fundraising challenge in Chi Omega history or of any sorority!
We are challenging 5,000 Sisters to give a gift of $10 or more to Chi Omega by April 5th at 5 p.m. If we meet this challenge from Susan Miller Bush, Pi | Tennessee, Chi Omega will receive $125,000 from this generous Sister.
Your gifts to the Annual Fund will go directly to supporting your Sisters NOW, ensuring they have the resources and training they need to succeed.
Be a change-maker. Be a leader. Be a role model. Be there for your Sisters when it matters.
Click here to join our 125th Anniversary Challenge!
About our 125th Challenge Donor
Susan Miller Bush, Pi | Tennessee, previously worked as a Chancery Court Clerk, then for Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead, The Trust Company of Tennessee, and the Bush Brothers & Company. Susan is on the Bush Family Senate. Her husband, Jay, is with Bush Brothers and Company serving as the Brand Ambassador. Jay also serves on the JonnyPops Board and the York Industries Board.
Susan has spent many years serving Chi Omega as Chapter Historian and Rush Chairman; previous Member Advisor and Fraternity Regional Alumnae Director for the Midwest: currently State Recruitment Information Chairman; and serves on the National Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee and Donor Relations Committee.
Susan and her husband Jay have two children, Ian Laseter Bush, 28, of Nashville and James “Cameron” Bush, 25, of Denver. Susan enjoys travel, music, reading, and cheering on her Vols and Green Bay Packers.
“I am grateful every day for the friendships I have made and continue to make in Chi Omega. I volunteer and donate to Chi Omega in honor of my mom and dad, their friends, alumnae, and women in the chapter who mentored and guided me throughout college. I want to pay it forward by providing the resources to protect our collegiate Sisters and help them make wise choices.”
Check out the latest updates from the Chi Omega Foundation and how it supports Chi Omega Fraternity.
Letter from Foundation President
As we celebrate 125 years of Chi Omega, our collegiate Sisters continue to seek more from every opportunity, harnessing their individual potential while finding strength in the shared values of our Fraternity. Not only are our Sisters creating meaningful friendships, they continue to lift each other up and challenge one another to be their best selves.
Here are a few points of pride to celebrate with Sisters across the country. Chi Omega Sisters across the country.
Chi Omega Sisters across the country celebrated a GPA of 3.38 for Fall of 2018! This average is of our 26,000+ collegians! Way to go Sisters!
Your gifts enabled Chi Omega to award over $214,000 in scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year.
All 181 Chi Omega chapters received tailored leadership training from our National Leadership Consultants.
Your support is more important than ever, as it helps encourage and educate our Sisters. Our collegians will leave college prepared to lead, work earnestly, and make a substantive difference in the world…just as you did. Your investment in Sisters across the globe will help Chi Omegas reach their fullest potential while cultivating a lifetime of purpose.
Letitia Fulkerson Foundation President
P.S. Make sure to mark your calendar for April 5, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CST for a virtual Eleusinia with surprises you won’t want to miss!
Thank You to the 2019 Founders’ Day Challenge Donors!
Sisters, thanks to you we had 3,031 donors who contributed to the 2019 Founders’ Day Challenge! With your help, we were able to unlock the $125,000 gift courtesy of Lynnie Goss, Lambda Alpha/University of Kentucky, and collectively raise $357,159 for the Chi Omega Foundation which will be used to directly impact the Fraternity! See a full list of those who donated here!
Your gifts are at work!
Your gifts to the Chi Omega Annual Fund support:
Leadership – Provide access to premier leadership opportunities for Sisters of all ages, including the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega.
Decision Making and Risk Management – Help members navigate the challenges facing all young women today with knowledge and confidence to make informed and safe decisions.
Member Development and Education – Support training for key chapter leaders through national meetings and volunteer-led teams.
Sustaining the Fraternity through Emerging Needs – Fund the immediate needs of the Fraternity. These dollars allow for a swift response to maintain a high degree of excellence for our membership.
Your gifts to the Annual Fund allow the Fraternity to provide engaging, thought-provoking content, ultimately helping our members make wise choices during college and beyond.
Chi Omega has almost 125 years of Sisterhood to celebrate, and the hallmark of our beloved Fraternity has been and is our commitment to helping each other cultivate a lifetime of purpose.
Founders’ Day 2019
Chi Omega’s 2019 Founders’ Day Challenge is official live! We need your help to reach 3,000 gifts of $18.95 in order to unlock a $125,000 gift from Lynnie Goss, Lambda Alpha/Kentucky. You can help the Chi Omega Foundation reach our goal of 3,000 gifts by giving now!
Special thanks to our 2019 Founders’ Day Challenge Donors!
Lynnie worked for 20 years as a retail manager for The Acorn, Polo Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, and a family-owned fine jewelry store, The Diamond Cellar, in Columbus, Ohio. She retired early and has been enjoying life ever since.
She has invested her time volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Lynnie lives in Upper Arlington, a suburb of Columbus, with her little dog, Roxie. She is recruitment advisor for Zeta Alpha/The Ohio State University and was the Owl Tree chairman for Convention 2018. In addition, she supports Lambda Alpha/University of Kentucky, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and The David and Andria Goss Endowment for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Lynnie enjoys gardening, baking, traveling, Ohio State football and spending lots of quality time with her dear friends and family.
Lynnie currently resides in Columbus, Ohio and is the 2019 challenge donor for the Founders’ Day Challenge.
Dorothy served as corporate Vice President and Secretary to the Board of
Directors of The Prudential Insurance Company, as well as Chair of the
Prudential Foundation and head of their social investment portfolio.
She has volunteered in numerous capacities, including serving as Chair of
Milkweed Editions, a non-profit book publishing company in Minneapolis and
serving as President of the Monmouth Ocean Development Council in New
Jersey. She is co-author of the book “Into the Boardroom: How to Get Your
First Seat on a Corporate Board.”
She was married to Ernest Light for 57 years and welcomed four children in
less than four years. Dorothy now enjoys spending time with her twelve
wonderful grandchildren. In her free time, Dorothy has been an avid snow skier,
tennis player and runner before an injury. She now enjoys walking and
Dorothy states, “I came from a town of 70 residents in Franklin County Iowa.
I am giving back to Chi Omega because my Psi Beta Sisters taught me many
lessons. The friendship, fellowship, and fun I had as a Chi Omega will always
Dorothy currently resides in Parker, Colorado and is challenging her Psi
Beta Sisters to support their Psi Beta Scholarship this Founders’ Day 2019.
Thank You to the 2018 Founders’ Day Challenge Donors
As this year’s Founders’ Day Challenge quickly approaches, we want to thank all who donated to the 2018 Founders’ Day Challenge. With your support the Chi Omega Foundation is able to provide philanthropic support for the Chi Omega Fraternity, strategically ensuring the needs of our collegians and alumnae are met. See a full list of those who donated here!
Online Alcohol Education
Below, read from current collegians about the effectiveness of the online alcohol education each and every Chi Omega collegian receives on an annual basis.
Countdown to Founders' Day!