Tri Kappas here are celebrating a long heritage of service to the community and across the State of Indiana.
“We are a philanthropic sorority that is only in Indiana,” said long-time member Sabrina Kapp. “Our mission is to further charity, culture, and education in our communities.”
Tri Kappa was founded in 1901 and has 146 active chapters and 114 associate chapters totally nearly 9,000 participating members. This year, Tri Kappa week was Feb. 19-25.
“In general, we like to be involved to try to make things better,” Kapp said.
The largest fundraiser for the Plainfield chapter each year is the Gingerbread Christmas event, which is a craft and art fair that takes place the first Saturday in December at Plainfield High School.
“It’s been going on in some form or another for 40 years,” Kapp said. “I remember as a young girl watching mom prepare for it.”
Every member of the chapter is on a committee for the Gingerbread Christmas event and is expected to help either set up or work the day of the event.
The Plainfield ladies also sell pecans, other nuts, and candies.
“The vast majority stays within our community but we do have some projects we support at the state level,” Kapp said. “Tri Kappa is a significant donor to Riley Hospital.”
She said all of the funds raised in Plainfield touch children in some fashion or another.
“The total amount of money given back to students directly in scholarships or school programs is significant,” Kapp said. “Our running total for the 2011-12 school year is just under $17,000.”
Funds are used to support special education, Parent Teacher Organizations, and for the first time this year, an anti-bullying program.
“We also have student funds that are used at the discretion of school principals and guidance counselors,” Kapp said.
She said the funds can be used to help families in need who may need help with school supplies, clothing, or shoes.