The Texas Tech chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta is gearing up to host its fourth annual Thetasgiving event benefiting CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, Nov. 15.
The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Theta’s lodge on Greek Circle and will include a full-course Thanksgiving meal along with live music, a photo booth, and other activities. Tickets can be purchased from any member of Texas Tech Theta for $7 prior to the event or for $10 at the door, with all proceeds going directly to CASA of the South Plains.
“The purpose of Thetasgiving is to raise money for our amazing philanthropy, CASA,” said Addison Fuller, Texas Tech Theta’s co-fundraising director. “What makes it so special is that all of the money raised stays right here in Lubbock which allows us to see the impact we are making.”
CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a non-profit organization that provides children in foster care with a ‘voice’ in the form of a volunteer advocate to help them navigate the child welfare system. These advocates work alongside attorneys and social workers to find the most appropriate and safe home for each child.
While both CASA and Theta have a national presence, Texas Tech Theta uniquely partners with the South Plains’ CASA program on a local level.
“The Thetas have been tremendously valuable partners to CASA,” said CASA of the South Plains Executive Director Jaclyn Morris. “Since 2004, they have donated a total of $81,772 to CASA of the South Plains.”
While Theta hosts multiple events to raise this money for CASA throughout the year, Thetasgiving has historically been one of their most successful fundraisers, attracting college students, community members, and even industry sponsors to participate in a night of food and fun for a good cause.
For this year’s event, Theta hopes to exceed past fundraising efforts and has set a record goal of $10,000. Fuller said these funds are necessary for Theta to be able to support CASA and empower them to serve the community on a broader scale in their donation-dependent operation. CASA uses Theta’s contributions to recruit and train volunteer advocates to serve in Lubbock and in surrounding counties.
“Without [this] crucial support, CASA would not be able to serve the hundreds of children in foster care in our community,” Morris said. “Thetasgiving is a great way for folks to show their support for CASA and be a part of the solution to a community problem.”