2015 TOUR UPDATE - BECOME AN OWL FRIEND!
It's that time of year again! The 64th Kappa Holiday Homes Tour is just around the corner, and we are in full preparation mode! If you would like to contribute to our Tour, please consider becoming an Owl Friend. Supporters are needed to help defray the costs to run our Tour and increase the amount of proceeds we are able to give to our charitable recipients. So please think about donating!
Katherine Lee, 6009 Catalina St., Fairway, KS 66205
2015 Kappa Homes Tour Recipients Chosen
KC Kappas are delighted to announce the charities that will receive proceeds from our 2015 Holiday Homes Tour next December. Literacy Kansas City and Hope House will benefit from this year’s tour, as will the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation.
Led by Addie P., the Tour Proceeds Committee, after much deliberation, chose the two local charities from 12 who applied, and the Association has ratified those choices. The Kappa Foundation will receive one-fourth of the proceeds, with the other two dividing the remainder equally. Thanks to Addie, and her committee - which included Amanda D., Emily P., Allison T., and Lauren G. - for their work!
Literacy Kansas City’s mission is to advance literacy among area teens and adults through direct services, advocacy and collaboration. The funds that Kappas provide will be used to grow the Family Reading Program. This program addresses many barriers adults face in learning to read, such as lack of child care and transportation. Adult learners engage in 4.5 hours of both literacy and life skills classes per week using a combination of literacy software, cohort learning and individualized tutoring. While the adults are engaged in class, their children are engaged in age-appropriate literacy related activities with qualified librarians. The program is conveniently held at partner locations where families already are spending time, such as Kansas City public schools and libraries.
Hope House is Missouri’s largest domestic violence shelter, with residential services in Independence and Lee’s Summit. Its mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing safe refuge and supportive services that educate and empower women and children. Hope House advocates social change that protects and engenders a person's right to live a life free of abuse. KC Kappas’ tour will support the Guardian Program, a monitored exchange and supervised visitation center where custodial parents safely exchange children for visitation with their non-custodial parents. Abusers often take advantage of this time, if not monitored, to continue to harass, frighten and abuse their partners who have attempted to leave behind their dangerous situations.
We look forward to a successful 2015 Holiday Homes Tour and also to working closely with Literacy Kansas City and Hope House to improve the lives of many in our community.
2015-2016 Board Installation
Our newly elected Board Officers were installed at our April Association Meeting:
L to R: Christina E. Communications, Risё S. Treasurer, Gina T. 1st Vice President, Lisa L. Recording Secretary, Jan P. Panhellenic Delegate. Not pictured: Christy W. President, Jennifer F. Membership, Katherine L. & Colleen R. 2nd Vice President
Reading Is Fundamental!
KC Kappas enjoyed a morning with the children at Operation Breakthrough reading Dr. Suess' "Oh The Places You'll Go" and offering a classroom activity, on March 6th.
Thanks to our Philanthropy Chairs - Karee H. and Alex S. for organizing this wonderful event! RIF is the Kappa Kappa Gamma National Philanthropy.
Congratulations to Risë S. - Kappa Panhellenic Woman of the Year representative as our 2013 Loyalty Award honoree!
Several Kappas enjoyed the annual Panhellenic Scholarship Brunch on April 26th, and celebrated with Risë.
Below: Risë S. and incoming Association President Christy W.
2014 Tour Proceeds Recipients announced!
Congratulations to Kansas City Community Gardens and SAFEHOME! KC Kappas selected these two established non-profits in our community to benefit from the 2014 Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Homes Tour in December.
A share of the proceeds from the 2014 tour also will go to the Kappa Foundation, which provides college scholarships.
Kansas City Community Gardens for more than 30 years has provided self-help and educational assistance to low-income people, children and community groups in the metropolitan area to grow their own food from garden plots located in backyards, vacant lots, schoolyards and community sites.
SAFEHOME, located in Johnson County, is dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and partner abuse for victims and their children by providing shelter, advocacy, counseling and prevention education in our community.
Thanks to the Tour Proceeds Committee, headed by Linda H., for all its hard work in sorting through applications and making this recommendation!
2013 Kappa Holiday Homes Tour raises $109,000!!
We are so excited to announce our 2013 Kappa Homes Tour raised $109,000 to benefit area charities and our Kappa Foundation! The tour, in its 62nd year, broke all tour fund-raising records. Many thanks to Kappa volunteers, and our other friends, sponsors, Owl Friends, homeowners, florists, and partners who made this happen. A big shout-out goes to Valerie C., Christina E. and Kristi M. for their incredible dedication and huge effort in pulling this off!
Kappas presented checks for $40,875 each to Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired and the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault.
The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation also will receive $27,250, with $24,000 of that dedicated to scholarships for college women, and $2,000 for the Rose McGill Fund, which assists Kappas in need. Another $1,250 goes to support the foundation’s educational programs.
The 2013 tour introduced an additional day to tour the homes with the goal of expanding its impact on the Kansas City community.
“We are pleased and honored to be able to increase our support for three worthy organizations chosen as this year’s beneficiaries,” Christina said. Way to go,ladies!!
Kappa Holiday Homes Tour to Run Three Days This Year
The Preview Luncheon will kick off our tour on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The Gift and Gourmet Shop will be back with lots of holiday goodies, jewelry, and home decorating and gift ideas. In recent years, the tour has been held on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of December.
By adding one more day and including a Friday, tour chairwomen Christina E., Valerie C., and Kristi M. aim to make it possible for even more Kappas to support our tour. Ultimately, our goal is to grow our tour’s community impact, increasing the proceeds we are able to distribute to our 2013 recipients – the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation.
We need your support in whatever way you can give it. So, mark your calendars now. More information on how to help will be coming on our Greater Kansas City Alumni Association Facebook page, our Kappa Holiday Homes Tour Facebook page, in the Kappa Krier and through email blasts. We hope all Kappas can help to make our tour a great success!
2013 Kappa Holiday Homes Tour Charities Announced
KC Kappas have selected two Kansas City area non-profits who provide services to children as recipients of funds raised by the next Kappa Holiday Homes Tour.
The Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault and the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired will receive proceeds from the homes tour. The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation also will benefit from the tour.
MOCSA says its work is "to lessen the ill effects of sexual assault and abuse through prevention, education, intervention, treatment and advocacy." MOCSA will use the tour funds to support rehabilitation services to child sexual abuse victims in Kansas City.
The mission of the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired "is to prepare children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities, to reach their highest potential in the sighted world," CCVI says. The agency will use the Kappa funds to support the equipment and staff costs for the therapy program for children who are blind or visually impaired.
KC Kappas and area Chapters shine at the 2014 Kappa Convention!
Officer Installation - April 3, 2014
Click here for the 2014/2015 KC Kappa Association Board Roster
Susie H. installing our new President, Christy W.
Susie H. installing Treasurer Risë S., Recording Secretary Barb S., and 2nd VP Sarah C. (Tour - Marketing Chair)
KC Kappas – Neighborhood Parties!
Who knew there were 5 Kappas on my block alone?! I didn’t until we started our wonderful Kappas in the ‘Hood neighborhood parties 3 years ago. The parties are proving to be a fun summer event where Kappas can get to meet and know other Kappas in their general area. We covered 20 zip codes with seven parties this summer!
These are small events for all Kansas City area Kappas: those who live relatively close to each other, are new to the area, getting reacquainted with Kappa and establishing or reestablishing Kappa sister connections!
And we have so many wonderful members to thank for hosting and co-hosting these parties – you all made everyone feel so warm and welcome – thank you! And a huge thank you to Teresa Perky for all of her energy, time and effort to coordinate the parties and layout and plan for the invitations – not a small undertaking, and it wouldn’t have happened without her!
These parties are ever evolving events for our Association. If you have any suggestions to reach more Kappas or on any aspect of the parties, please let Nan Vail or Christy Wilson know. We will definitely take into consideration as we plan events for next year!
A letter from Christy W., president of KC Kappas:
Hi Kappa Sisters,
I returned recently from our National Convention and it was truly an honor and privilege for me to represent the Kansas City Alumnae Association. Once again, we stood alone as a Pearl level donor ($500,000 and above in total giving) in the Adelphe Society for alumnae associations for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. A fantastic achievement!
That wasn’t all. Kansas City’s Alumne Association also walked away with these honors:
*The winning alumnae association for the greatest giving to the Foundation in this biennium, with a total of $44,250.
*The Heritage Award, which honors the association that shows the greatest interest in researching and maintaining its historical records to increase awareness of the significance of its history.
*The Most Outstanding Association Award for Region 5 for overall excellence in fulfilling the purpose of the Fraternity. There were 7 regional winners (of which we were one) and the overall winner was Wichita, KS, recognizing significant effort in installing the Kappa chapter at Wichita State University.
*Honorable Mention in the Membership Reference Award category, which recognizes the alumnae association that demonstrates extensive knowledge and effective use of the alumna reference process.
The local Kappa chapters that we support were also recognized as follows:
University of Missouri - Winner of the Philanthropy Award; Honorable Mention for Gracious Living; Honorable Mention for Chapter Recruitment, and Honorable Mention for Chapter Public Relations.
University of Kansas - Winner of the New Member Program Award; Honorable Mention for Gracious Living; Honorable Mention for Philanthropy; Honorable Mention for Reading is Fundamental, and Honorable Mention for Most Improved Academic Excellence.
Westminster - Honorable Mention for Philanthropy; Honorable Mention for Chapter Recruitment;
Honorable Mention for Risk Management, and Honorable Mention for New Member Program.
Kansas State University - Winner of the Excellence in Chapter Management Award and a host of Honorable Mentions: Advisory Board (relationship between the Chapter House Director and the Advisory Board); Chapter/Advisor Board Relations; Chapter Finance; Gracious Living; Philanthropy; Chapter Recruitment; Academic Excellence; Public Relations; Risk Management; Ritual, and Standards.
Thanks to each and every one of you who help to make the Kansas City Alumnae Association among the best for our Fraternity!