For more than 25 years, the national philanthropy of Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation has been Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). CASA was created by a juvenile court judge in 1977 to ensure that the abuse and neglect suffered by some children at home does not continue as abuse and neglect at the hands of the judicial system. CASA programs are known by many names and are sometimes referred to as Guardian Ad Litem or ProKids.
Today, CASA is one of the fastest-growing community service projects in the country. CASA volunteers are ordinary citizens recruited from the community and trained to speak for abused and neglected children in court. Volunteers appear in court with attorneys and social workers to recommend to the judge what is best for the child’s future, thus becoming their voice in court.
Both college and alumnae chapters host events throughout the year to support their state and local CASA organizations. We give to CASA in many ways: as thoughtful advocates, committed volunteers and generous donors. As individuals and as a fraternity, we say: “I am a Theta. I am for the child.”
Rock the CASA and Kickin' for CASA
Every fall semester Theta hosts Cupcakes for CASA, Rock the CASA, Kickin' for CASA to support The Tulsa Chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). The Ladies of Gamma Tau raised a little over $13,000 this past fall semester for CASA.
Cupcakes for CASA is held in The Student Union during the lunch hours. We sell cupcakes from Merritt's Bakery (a local Tulsa bakery) to students, alumnae, and TU faculty.
Rock the CASA is our fall philanthropy dinner event held in The Student Union. We welcome friends, family and alumnae to join us during this time and enjoy all-you-can-eat BBQ from RibCrib. From pulled pork to baked beans to the infamous sugar cookies from Reasors, our guests are leaving incredibly full (and happy). In addition to the delicious dinner, we have student performers putting on an energetic concert! Lastly, the Executive Director of Tulsa CASA, Maura Wilson (P.S. She's a Theta alumna!), gives a speech to raise awareness of the mission of CASA.
Kickin' for CASA is the coordinating soccer tournament held on H.A. Chapman Stadium, on the weekend following our philanthropy dinner. Over 20 teams are formed amongst the men and women on TU’s campus - Greek and non-Greek. This event calls for some competition in which ALL students love to participate in. All funds raised benefit The Tulsa Chapter of CASA.
**If you have ANY questions regarding sign-ups for Kickin' for CASA or any other questions about Theta's philanthropy week, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will answer your questions!