Indie Spotlight: Ohana
Ohana’s one of the coolest independent organizations around. You can spot them with their Fish hats. We got a chance to sit down with Meghan Czajka (IntraRelations Executive) and Alison Wolf (IntraRelations Executive) and ask them some questions.
OS: How are you involved with THON?
AW: We’re an independent organization and our primary purpose is fundraising. We have 15 executive chairs and about 150 independent org members.
OS: What has your Team done?
MC: We’ve pretty much done a lot of fundraising. We’ve worked with McDonalds on a lot of things, THON canning, and lots of alternative fundraisers to raise more money.
AW: Last year was our first year, so we were primarily focused on setting up the groundwork on our organization, so this year we had a lot more opportunities to do more fundraising.
OS: How many years have you been involved in THON?
AW: This is my fourth year.
MC: This is my third year.
OS: What is your favorite part of THON?
AW: I like during the day when all of the kids are here and watching them play around, and obviously when the total is revealed at the end.
MC: Either playing with the kids or during family hour because that’s when everyone realizes what their hard work was for.
OS: Why did you get involved?
AW: I started Freshman year on a committee, but I heard about fundraising at an involvement fair. You get to think of more ways to raise funds being a part of an independent organization.
MC: I started on my Freshman year on a committee and more recently joined an independent org, but it’s all for the same cause.
OS: How long will you be here this weekend?
MC: As long as I can!
AW: We got here at 1 yesterday to get seats. I went home to get some leep last night, but I’m gonna try to stay for as long as I can today.
OS: What song do you hope they play this weekend?
MC: I like “Do You Remember” by JaySean. It was either that or Tik Tok.
AW: I hope they play “My Love is Your Love” because every time I hear it I think of THON.
OS: How would you rate your dance skills?
MC: Phenomenal? Nah, I just kind of move with the beat.
AW: …probably outstanding.
OS: What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen so far this weekend?
MC: Ooh, this is tricky. I feel like us, you know, seeing our organization come so far.
AW: We got a new THON child, and it’s her first THON, so it’s really exciting seeing her react to THON for the first time.
OS: If you were a dinosaur, what kind would you be?
MC: I would definitely be a pterodactyl, because I do a really amazing impression and you would be able to fly.
AW: I would probably be whatever Ducky was from The Land Before Time.