Kappa Alpha Theta adopts CASA as beneficiary

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Whitney Eastwood / Washburn Review

Washburn’s Kappa Alpha Theta sorority held several events Oct. 17 to 21 to support their chosen philanthropy, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

Theta had a table set up in Memorial Union all week. They were selling t-shirts for $10, cookies and buttons for $1 and hair flowers for $2. Monday, they did tie-dye on the Memorial Union lawn and had a speaker from CASA who spoke about the history of the organization and how the community can get involved. Tuesday, Theta held a kite-flying event on the Memorial Union lawn.

Friday was a big event. The sorority held a taco feed in the College Hill Apartment lobby.  The cost was $5 for all-you-can-eat tacos. Pop and baked goods were an extra charge. 

“The taco feed went great,” said Betsy Sloop, Kappa Alpha Theta chapter president. “A lot of people from the Topeka community came out to support, as well as the Washburn student and Greek communities.”

CASA is an association that has court appointed volunteers. The volunteers are trained to help and advocate for abused and neglected children. Their job is also to make sure the children don’t become invisible in an overburdened system and unhelpful foster homes.

Last year, more than 75,000 CASA volunteers helped 240,000 abused and neglected children find safe and permanent homes. 

“CASA is a great organization because it allows children to have a voice in the court systems,” said Sloop. “It helps children have someone stable in their life that helps get them where they need to be to have a safe and happy life.”

During their CASA fundraising week, Kappa Alpha Theta raised almost $1,200. For more information or to donate to the cause visit their website www.CASAforchildren.org.