Theta’s CASA Cafe a Success

Cynthia Drake

March 16, 2008 Kappa Alpha Theta raised more than 350 dollars for their philanthropy, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). CASA is an organization dedicated to supporting children in the court system. Titled “Casa Caf***e’***”, the event was formulated differently than previous philanthropic events, but is considered a success by all involved.
Local businesses supported Kappa Alpha Theta and, in turn, CASA by generously donating bakery items and coffee. The donations were then sold on Lawrence University’s campus. The members of the sorority recruited the donations via phone and by foot for over three weeks.
The generous businesses to donate were Live Oak Market, Creative Croissant, CSI Appleton, Brewed Awakenings, Big Apple Bagels, Breadsmith, Simon’s Bakery, Café on the Ave, Copper Rock Coffee Co., Starbucks, Tastee Bakery and Culvers. The women of Kappa Alpha Theta extend their warmest thanks to these businesses.
Lawrence students, in the midst of finals week, came out in spades, purchasing doughnuts, coffee, bread, cookies, scones and other fresh bakery items. Well-planned selling stations were located in the study hot spot of the library as well as high-traffic dorm houses. Each station was manned by enthusiastic sorority members.
“It was great to get involved with CASA Caf***e’***; — our philanthropy was one of the main reasons I joined Kappa Alpha Theta, and the opportunity to fundraise for CASA was not only fun to do, but it also felt great to know that the money we raised went directly to a great cause,” said Caitlin Williamson, a freshman member of the sub-committee organizing the event.
“Participation from the Lawrence community was crucial in order for CASA Caf***e’***; to be successful. The efforts of individual students on campus to support not only Kappa Alpha Theta and the Lawrence Greek community but also a wonderful cause were very valuable and went a long way in raising revenue and spreading awareness about CASA. In addition, coordinated efforts from the theme houses and formal group houses on campus that were extremely supportive of the event were very inspiring for us to see. The fraternities were extremely generous and charitable contributions from houses like ORC, Greenfire and Soundboard really helped to put us over-the-top in achieving our goals. We cannot thank everyone enough who helped to make CASA cafe one of our best philanthropic efforts ever,” added the sorority’s president, junior Amanda Schlais.
One-hundred percent of proceeds went directly to CASA. For more information about this organization please visit http://www.childadvocates.org.

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