Greek chapters strut their stuff for a good cause

Brian Schnell, Staff Reporter

Many Case Western Reserve University Greek chapters gathered together to strut their stuff on Friday, Sept. 21 in support of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). The philanthropy was part of Kappa Alpha Theta’s annual KATwalk event.

The event is a parody of catwalk television shows. Teams consisting of members from various Greek chapters on campus show off clothing inspired by a single theme. This year’s theme was ‘90s cartoons.

“Last year’s theme was Red Carpet, so this year we wanted something a little silly, playful and nostalgic. ‘90s cartoons seemed like the way to go,” said third-year Kappa Alpha Theta Philanthropy Director Lavanya Rajan.

Each team performed before a panel of three judges who then awarded trophies to the top three performances. This year, third place was awarded to Pi Kappa Phi, second place to Delta Chi and first place to Delta Sigma Phi.

“I thought that overall, it was a very successful event,” said fourth-year Kappa Alpha Theta member Ashley Chan. “The theme this year was really creative and different from what we’ve done in the past. It was nostalgic because it reminded me of all the cartoons I used to watch, and it’s something I think all of our peers could relate. It was so nice to see all the participation among all the different chapters; I loved seeing all the support.”

CASA was established as Kappa Alpha Theta’s national philanthropy in 1989, and the partnership has continued for nearly 30 years. The aim of CASA is to provide support to children during custody battles. To do so, CASA recruits volunteers to act in the best interest of the children with the goal of placing them in homes which will best suit their individual needs. The Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation has donated more than 1.2 million dollars to the National CASA Association throughout their partnership.

“CASA means so much to our sorority because every child deserves to have a fun, happy and memorable childhood,” said Rajan. “Every child deserves a champion and deserves to be in the spotlight.”