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, Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation, Lou’s Place, and Headstart.
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.
Below recognizes only a few of the contributions made by Beta Theta
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.
Presently there are 21 active 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. They are Charles Bateham, Bill Delaney, Bill Graham, Steve Hage, Dave Hawkins, Roger Henry, Mel Kyle, Dave Lofgren, Charlie Lovette, Larry McClure, Skip McGuire, Tom Moore, Dave Peck, Larry Rescoe, Tom Senninger, Bob Shobe, and Irv Stacy.
Give Back to the Community by supporting Beta Theta’s major fundraiser: Mardi Gras.