Lights, Camera, Fundraising — Kappa Alpha Theta fundraises for child court aid

Six fraternities, five sororities and one charity.

Nov. 8 marked the fifth Kappa Alpha Theta KATwalk, a fashion show aimed at raising money through ticket sales for their philanthropy, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Sorority women modeled evening gowns, street clothes, and pieced together an outfit from random items given to them.

Afterwards, Theta threw in a twist. Each sorority was given a bag filled with random pieces, some of which included plastic table clothes, tinsel, and plastic cups. It was their job to then create an outfit that they could model.

Carey Fell, Hinsdale, Il. sophomore, was the show’s MC. It was her first time participating.

“It was the first year that it has been very interconnected within the Greek system,” Fell said. “In the past it has always been just Theta. By incorporating everyone, it has a wider appeal and is more accessible.”

The fashion show was the first sorority event Lauren Dever, Clarkston first-year, has attended. She is in the process of seeing which sorority she wants to join, so the KATwalk served as a venue to meet all the sorority women.

“I am planning on going Greek and thought this was a good way to become familiar with the sororities,” Dever said.

Not only were sororities and fraternities involved, but Albion businesses also donated funds. Cascarelli’s, Lopez Taco House, and Marino’s Tanning Salon all gave money to KATwalk. Bellisimia, a local dress store, supplied gowns for the event.

“They’ve lent out 30 dresses and that’s a huge thing for such a small business to do for this charity event,” Fell said.

Allie Sebert, Millington senior, is the philanthropy chair and helped in organizing. She started working on it in August.

“[CASA] is a program for kids that are going through the court system,” Sebert said. “The kids have an adult that stays with them for the whole process. They make sure the child is okay and has a voice.”

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Nick is a junior from Rochester, Mich., majoring in French and minoring in cell and molecular biology. He has interests in serving Doctors Without Borders and in writing medical journalism. Follow him on Twitter @docteur_diamond.

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