University of Georgia's Theta chapter is no different. They hold philanthropy events twice a year to benefit CASA. Gracie Hennelly, a senior at UGA, has been UGA's Theta philanthropy chair since last semester. She already planned a successful CASA Carnival event this past spring which raised $11,547.00 for the Athens CASA organization. This year, she is looking forward to CASA Boots and BBQ held on the sorority's front lawn on October 21st. Gracie says that all members of the community are invited to come. Theta will have a live band playing on the front patio and lots of little activities throughout the lawn. "We’ve had raffles in the past with prizes from classes at Pure Barre, shirts, and gift cards to Onward Reserve," says Gracie. "All of our members and their friends are in attendance and some CASA volunteers and employees come as well!" She says her favorite part about being the philanthropy chair is "seeing all of our hard work pay off when we deliver the final check!"
Each year, the relationship between Theta and CASA grows stronger, especially in the Athens community. "As the number of Theta chapters grow, CASA will benefit from more chapters’ fundraising efforts," says Gracie. "At UGA, our relationship has developed a lot over time. In the last year, we’ve been able to host the CASA Appreciation event at our house when all of the CASAs and their families were shown appreciation and thanks for the giving of their time and advocacy for neglected kids." Being a CASA takes a lot of time and dedication, and Theta takes the time to celebrate the efforts of the hardworking CASAs.
UGA Theta's CASA event will take place this year at the Theta house on 338 S. Milledge from 5-7 on October 21st. All are encouraged to come! $5 dollars at the door or from any Theta will get you admitted as well as a meal from Saucehouse BBQ.