Chi Omega turns cupcakes into charity


By Michael Wunder, News Editor

The University of Nebraska Omaha chapter of the Chi Omega sorority teamed with Jones Bros. cupcakes for a successful charity event Sunday that raised nearly $1000 in free-will donations  and featured balloon animals, face painting, a magician, a custom cupcake and a raffle.

The event, Cupcakes for Kids, took place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Aksarben Village and brought the Make-A-Wish Foundation to the attention of more than 300 people.

“It went great,” said Becca Dingwell, sorority president.  “It was a great success, especially for our first year.”

Jones Bros., the popular cupcake shop and café, created a custom-tailored cupcake for the day’s event—a vanilla confection with teal frosting—that honored the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Brad Jones, co-owner of the restaurant.  “There was a great turnout.  The lobby was packed.”

The event came to being after a few weeks of organization with the Chi Omegas.

“The girls from the sorority were wonderful,” Jones said.  “They were very well organized.”

Dingwell said that as she made rounds during the event she stopped and talked with many people enjoying the entertainment she and her sisters had provided.

“I think we had a lot of entertainment,” Dingwell said.  “And everyone was pleased.”

Jones said the event was successful and would be pleased to share his masterfully designed cupcakes at other charity events.

“It was a pleasure working with the girls,” Jones said.  “We’d love to do it again.”