Talent shows in it of themselves are a blast; talent shows that change kids’ lives are an even bigger blast. On March 2nd, Whitman’s Kappa Alpha Theta members proudly presented their peers with a show that produced not only wild applause, but also a big fat check.
There are so many reasons to love Greek Life at Whitman, one of them being the enormous philanthropic contribution it brings. Throughout the year, each of Whitman’s eight Greek organizations raises money to give to a certain organization; this fundraising not only helps bring success to a worthy cause, but also strengthens the ties between the members of each Greek organization as they work together to accumulate their contribution. This year, my Kappa Alpha Theta sorority sisters and I put on an talent event called “Walla Walla’s Got Talent” where we raised $12,247 for our chapter’s sponsored philanthropy: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
Court Appointed Special Advocates is a national association in the United States which supports and promotes court appointed advocates to help represent children in a courtroom. These trained advocates fight for the rights of abused or neglected children for the goal of providing children with a safe and healthy environment in permanent homes. For the past 25 years, Thetas around the nation have stood with CASA to work with these children and change their lives for the better in any way that they can. As a member of Kappa Alpha Theta here at Whitman, I am proud to be given the opportunity to raise money for such a worthy, deserving cause like CASA.
The talent show itself was super duper fun, with a variety of seventeen different acts put on by Whitman students as well as Walla Walla community members. There were musical performances, singing, ballet, stand-up, hip hop, as well as some acrobatics like juggling and hand-walking (my act!). The MCing by AnnaMarie and John added hilarious intervals throughout the show, and the campus President Kathy Murray’s role as a judge upped the excitement in the room even more. The show ended on a heartwarming note as the Thetas got to present their check to CASA, advocates of which then individually spoke and expressed gratitude. There was much love in Cordiner Hall that night, and I’m so happy to have shared in it.