My sorority Kappa Alpha Theta takes a lot of pride in our philanthropy CASA.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. This organization provides court-appointed advocates to abused and neglected children in the court to make sure they don’t get overburdened by the legal and social service system.
Every year, my Theta chapter hosts an event to raise money for our local Payne County CASA in Stillwater, OK. In the past, we put on the event “Cupcakes for CASA” where a $5 ticket would enter you into a house of unlimited cupcakes-every flavor imaginable.
This year we got it approved to change the theme. November 19, 2015 marked the first annual “CASA Carnival” along with a fraternity bubble-soccer tournament held the following day. The marketing committee made this change with the hope to raise more money for the cause. Carnival tickets were still $5 from a Theta or $7 at the door. The bubble soccer tournament also required a registration fee from each fraternity.
The Carnival was held on a Thursday night from 10 pm to 1 am. The ticket entered one into a wonderland of carnival food, such as nachos, cotton candy, popcorn, caramel apples, donuts and apple cider. The entire dining room of our house was canopied by a black and white carnival tent and decorated with antique coke bottle trays, glass jars filled with candy, strung popcorn and a photo booth with props.
The event surpassed our expectations. The decor was immaculate with the gold, pink and baby blue accents. Students from all over campus enjoyed the festivities up until the final minute. In the end, we are most proud that we raised an incredible amount for this great philanthropy. We raised $6,000!
Go Theta! Go CASA! Go Pokes!!!