Beta Theta ESA Is Preparing Its 15th Annual Mardi Gras To Raise Money For Local Community Projects

    Eleanor at a Beta Theta Christmas Party

    Beta Theta-Clermont, a chapter of ESA, was chartered nearly 40 years ago when some of the Delta Nu-Clermont sisters decided another ESA chapter was needed in Clermont. Four of the offspring: Toni Bell, Eleanor Lofgren, Betty Meadows, and Terry Moherek endure as a vital force behind Beta Theta. Michelle Delaney remains as its only original chartered pledge.

    Presently there are 21 members: Cathy Bateham, Michelle Delaney, Lisa Graham, Lucy Hage, Janet Hawkins, Barb Henry, Donna Kidder, Joan Kyle, Eleanor Lofgren, Diann Lovette, Sandy Martin, Suzanne McClure, Betty Meadows, Terry Moherek, Pat Moore, Janice Senninger, Rosetta Shobe, Sandie Stacy, Toni-Bell Rescoe, Jackie Ulch and Ann Whitlock.

    The men of Beta Theta have also played a significant role in the chapter’s history.

    First Row: Tom Moore, Larry Rescoe, Bill Delaney, Charlie Lovette. Second Row: Mel Kyle, Charles Bateham, Bill Graham, Steve Hage, Bob Shobe, Tom Senninger (not pictured Dave Hawkins, Roger Henry, Dave Lofgren, Larry McClure, Dave Peck, Irv Stacy)

    Giving back to the community is a cornerstone belief of the sisters of Beta Theta.  As a group, Beta Theta has held community fundraisers since 1979.  Last year, they held their popular fundraiser, Mardi Gras.  The project raised more than $17,000 for the community.

    All proceeds were awarded to local organizations and scholarships including Boys and Girls Club, Building Blocks Ministries, Cooper Memorial Library, Faith Neighborhood Center, Haven of Lake and Sumter, Head Start, Horses with a Mission, Hospice of Lake and Sumter and Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation.

    Over $4,500 was awarded in scholarships to East Ridge, Lake Minneola, and South Lake High Schools as well as South Lake Hospital.

    Beta Theta also provided donations to other organizations that impact the South Lake Community including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Easter Seals and Ronald McDonald House.

    The sisters contributed to the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind at St. Augustine, as well as canteen funding for a student.  The canteen fund project began more than 36 years ago and has continued throughout the years.  Beta Theta chooses a young student in need and replenishes the student’s canteen fund quarterly and sends gifts throughout the year. Beta Theta continues to support the child throughout her years at the school (K-graduation). As with traditional schools, graduations can be costly but Beta Theta has worked to make magical, lasting memories for our girls.

    Beta Theta also brings Christmas gifts to the residents of Leisure Manor, contributes to Wreath Across America and; the sisters most important project, Sisters Caring for Sisters.

    This year Beta Theta will be hosting its 15th Annual Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 23 at Clermont Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $50 a person, which includes a dinner/dance, silent auction, costume contest, and door prizes.  All proceeds benefit local high school scholarships and local charities.

    Give Back to the Community by supporting Beta Theta’s major fundraiser: Mardi Gras.

    Become a sponsor and/or attend the fun evening. For further information, contact any Beta Theta member


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