Organizations at Montclair State University came out to the Student Center Ballrooms in their best spring attire to celebrate and be with friends at Theta Kappa Chi’s third annual Theta’s Tea Party event on Nov. 17.
Theta’s Tea Party, which is held each fall semester, had its biggest turnout in years, welcoming nearly 180 people immediately as doors opened. Kira Casas, the secretary and publicist for Theta Kappa Chi, said, “This is the biggest turnout we have ever had. It is a social bonding time for all of us to be together and an added bonus is that all the money we make will be donated to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.”
It was clear that each sister felt very passionately about the event and that a lot of hard work and effort went into the planning of such a successful turnout. Casas said, “Two months of planning went into this event and we had 10 co-sponsors to help us as well.”
As the event went on, students were excited about the time they were able to spend with friends, as well as the prizes and refreshments they were offered. The organization had many raffle baskets that were auctioned off and all proceeds from ticket sales were collected and are going to be given to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital as well as to clothing and supplies for the children in the intensive care unit.
Once the event had come to a close, Marissa Gally, the president of Theta Kappa Chi, said, “I think the event was amazing. It exceeded any expectation I had and I am so proud of our philanthropist, Jordan Lynch, and her committee for organizing such a successful event.”
Last year, Theta Kappa Chi raised about $250 holding the same event, but due to the dedication of the organizations’ members and the hard work and planning that went into this year’s Tea Party by Lynch and her committee, the organization was able to far surpass what they had ever raised.
By the end of the night, when all the money raised was totaled up, the sisters of Theta Kappa Chi brought in $1,010 for the ICU at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. To add to their dedication and passion for the cause, the organization is still raising money through their GoFundMe page.
Gally ended the night by saying, “I can’t wait to hold this event again in the future and continue raising more money for supplies for the children in the ICU at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J.” This seemed to be the same thought on everyone’s mind as they closed the doors on this year’s Theta’s Tea Party with the excitement and drive to make next year’s even more successful.