BOOKS FOR KEEPS
BOOKS FOR KEEPS
All proceeds from our two philanthropy events benefit Books for Keeps – a local, Athens non-profit that raises money for children from low-income families who cannot afford books to read over the summer. We are proud to say that we received an Honorable Mention for the Kappa Philanthropy Signature Event Award for our achievements from 2014 to 2016. In 2009, we were given the National Outstanding Philanthropy Award and in 2012 the Outstanding Philanthropy Award for our province and we raised over $61,000. This past year, our fundraising total was $56,500– the highest total we've had since 2012. Because of these outstanding fundraising efforts, we received an award from Nationals for the most money raised for a philanthropy across all Kappa chapters! We are proud of how much we have been able to raise for such a generous cause and can't wait to continue these efforts. Find out more information about this local Athens philanthropy here: http://booksforkeeps.org.
Kappa Krawfish is the largest and highest-producing of our two major philanthropy events. Each Spring, we bring the taste of the south to our lawn by hosting a crawfish boil complete with all of the fixings, straight from Louisiana. Live music, amazing vendors and sweet treats are some other key players which allow us to showcase some of Athens' local talent!
In the Spring of 2020, we hosted Kappa Krawfish in conjunction with out Spring Parents' weekend and we were overwhelmed with the results! Kappa hosted 14 vendors in the house who sold everything from clothing, jewelry and art. We are thrilled to announce that we were able to raise over $25,000 from this year's boil alone!
Recently, Kappa Kappa Gamma has come to together to refocus our efforts and to support those with mental illnesses. National Alliance on Mental Illnesses (NAMI) is an organization that provides advocacy, education, support, and public awareness for individuals and families impacted by mental illness. Today, the National Alliance on Mental Illnesses has more than 600 local affiliates and 48 state organizations constantly working in communities to raise awareness and provide support for those in need. We at Kappa are very excited to begin our journey working with NAMI! You can learn more about NAMI on their website - https://www.nami.org/Home.