The Theta Charity Antiques Show brings together top exhibitors, designers, collectors, and admirers of fine arts and décor in a beautiful three-day show with proceeds benefiting deserving local charities. The 2019 Theta Charity Antiques Show will be held Nov. 22 – Nov. 24 in Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, with an evening preview party kicking off the festivities on Nov. 21. Visitors to the Show can browse exquisite treasures—including estate jewelry, antique silver, hand-woven rugs, and period furniture—and learn more about art and antiques from top designers and experts from around the country. All weekend events are included in this year’s all-inclusive general admission ticket as we celebrate the past 67 years with our Grand Finale Show!

Theta Charity Antiques Show Houston - Photo from 1961

With a goal of philanthropy, the Houston Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta took a cue from a prominent group of socialites in New York and launched the first Theta Charity Antiques Show in 1952 at the Shamrock Hotel.

Since its founding in 1952, the Theta Charity Antiques Show has given nearly $8 million from the weekend events to cultural, community, educational, and medical causes in Houston. Funds raised from the Theta Charity Antiques Show supports the Show’s four permanent beneficiaries: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens/The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Child Advocates, Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, and Texas Children’s Cancer & Hematology Centers. Additionally, seven deserving local charities have been selected to receive philanthropic support from the 2019 Show: Amazing Place, Bo’s Place, Camp for All, Holly Hall, Nick Finnegan Counseling Center, The Rise School, and The Rose.

The Theta Charity Antique Show is run by the Houston Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, with more than 50 committee chairs and 200 volunteers. The 2019 Show is chaired by Courtney Hill Fertitta, Jennifer Donovan O’Donnell, and Giggy Martin Thanheiser.

Each of the Show’s categories of giving is listed below with the total amount given over the years.  Click each area to expand and view all beneficiaries and giving since the Show’s beginning in 1952.

Avondale House $15,000
Amazing Place $44,000
American Red Cross-NY Relief Fund $1,000
Bo’s Place $76,500
Boys & Girls Country $30,000
Boys & Girls Harbor $87,861
Briarwood School $27,000
Bridges to Life $14,440
Brookwood Community $142,125
Camp Allen $7,500
Camp For All $181,200
Casa Ana $5,000
Casa de Esperanza de los Niño’s $66,500
Child Advocates, Inc. $189,000
Christian Community Service Center $20,000
Communities in Schools $45,200
Community Partners $51,200
Covenant House Texas $109,500
Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Houston $10,000
Crime Stoppers $10,000
Crisis Intervention of Houston $20,000
DePelchin Children’s Center $64,200
End Hunger Network $40,000
Escape Family Resource Center $5,000
Family to Family Network $23,400
Foster Child Program $600
Freedom Place $50,000
Goodwill Industries $9,500
Habitat for Humanity, Katrina $10,000
Healthy Family Initiatives $25,000
Hepatitis C Hope, Inc. Foundation $5,000
Holly Hall Retirement Home $65,000
Houston Achievement Place $10,000
Houston Area Women’s Center $25,000
I Have A Dream $24,140
Including Kids $20,000
Joy School $26,000
Kids’ Meals $30,000
KIPP Academy $15,000
The Jung Center $9,500
LIFE $46,000
Literacy Advance of Houston $3,000
Monarch School $21,500
Nehemiah Center $10,000
Neuhaus Education Center $35,500
Open Door Mission $10,000
The Parish School $30,600
San Jacinto Girl Scouts $6,884
Second Servings $22,500
Sheltering Arms $132,715
SIRE $10,000
Small Steps Nurturing Center $21,600
SPCA $8,000
Star of Hope $22,000
Taping for the Blind $30,000
Teach for America $20,000
The Hay Center $25,000
Trees for Houston $5,000
The Women’s Home $66,500
Undies for Everyone $23,000
WorkFaith Connection $3,600

The Arbor School $15,000
Gateway Academy $19,000
The Harris School $10,560
Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation $1,500
KAT Foundation Educational $518,135
Yellowstone Academy $30,000

Beth Sanders Moore Young Cancer Survivors’ Program at MDACC $20,000
Bone Disease Program of Texas $25,000
CanCare $30,000
Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital $25,000
Eileen Murphree McMillin Blood Center $15,000
Hospice at Texas Medical Center $16,884
Houston Ear Research Foundation $54,500
Houston Hospice $5,000
Houston Speech & Hearing Center $29,700
Institute of Logopedics $4,160
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation $15,000
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center $37,000
Mental Health Association of Houston & Harris County $46,000
Movement Disorder Clinic $25,000
Multiple Sclerosis Society $3,500
Museum of Health & Medical Science $35,000
New Age Hospice $5,000
Retina Research Foundation $67,000
Ronald McDonald House $35,000
St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital $6,000
Texas Children’s Cancer Center $2,242,930
The Center for Hearing & Speech $77,971
The Institute for Rehabilitation & Research $128,435
The Rose $25,000
United Cerebral Palsy $18,700

AD Players $17,500
Alley Theatre $21,000
Art for the Deaf Child $81,000
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens $1,635,529
Glassell School $20,000
Harris County Heritage Society $63,000
Houston Ballet $15,200
Houston Center for Photography $5,000
Houston Grand Opera $5,000
Houston Symphony $12,000
Ima Hogg Centenary Fund $5,000
The Jung Center $10,000
Museum of Fine Arts – Capital Campaign $20,000
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra $15,000
San Jacinto Museum $10,000
Stages Repertory Theatre $21,000
Summerbridge Houston $10,000
Texas Capitol Restoration Project $20,000
Texas Governor’s Mansion Fund $6,000
Theater Under the Stars $23,045
Winedale Historical Center $30,000

Total Giving:  $7,796,015

Scenes from the 2018 Theta Charity Antiques Show