Writing Sample – Cakes for CASA


Circa: October 2015

Drake University’s Beta Kappa chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority will host their annual ‘Cakes for CASA’ event on Friday to help raise money for the Court Appointed Special Advocates and volunteers.

The Event

Every fall, Theta invites people into their 34th Street home in Des Moines for pancakes and sausage while creating a social environment to support CASA. Members of the sorority are in charge of waiting on tables and cooking the food during the event, and promoting throughout the week prior, while other on campus sororities and fraternities help with T-shirt and ticket sales the week leading up to the event.

“Last year, we had over 600 people attend and we raised over $5,000,” Sophomore Theta member Abby Parra recalled. “From the moment the doors opened until the time they closed, the Theta basement was packed with people of all ages. We had many college students attend, as well as Theta alum, families, and members of the Des Moines community.”

Courtney Kalender, junior Theta member said her favorite part of the event was the pancakes and the atmosphere.

“As a guest to Cakes for Casa for the past two years, the atmosphere is always inspiring,” Kalender said. “Seeing so many people gathered to support a cause that helps so many children is amazing. ‘Cakes for Casa’ is a unique philanthropy because it’s easy for anyone to attend, those not involved in Greek life, members of the community, everyone is able to enjoy the festivities and have a good time for a good cause.”

The Philanthropy

While most of the proceeds each year go to the local Des Moines CASA organization, a portion of the money raised is also donated to the Theta Foundation Fund to provide scholarships to Theta Members who are still in school.

For first-year Ravyn Daniel, ‘Cakes for CASA’ will be the first Theta philanthropy she is involved in as an active member of the sorority.

“I have participated in other philanthropy events to show my support of all of the Greek houses, but this is the first philanthropy event Theta has put on for the year,” Daniel said. “I cannot wait to get involved. I am really excited because I am actually on the [food] serving committee. I love being hands on and directly involved with all of [the people] who come to support. We will be dishing out all of the delicious breakfast items, which is awesome because I will be able to see and greet everyone who came to support the cause, be with my Theta sisters, as well as have a ton of fun serving food.”

600,000 children will find themselves in foster care this year according to the Facebook event. This event will help put children in a permanent home as the proceeds that go to CASA and their volunteers.

The event will take place on Friday Oct 23 at 1335 34th Street from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. For more information on the sorority’s philanthropy as a whole please visit www.kappaalphathetafoundation.org.