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 Center. 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 core mission of Amazing Place is to empower lives disrupted by dementia, with the ultimate vision of ending the stigma of dementia. This pursuit has a twofold approach. The Day Program, located in a state-of-the-art wellness center, offers participants with mild to moderate dementia a place to thrive by providing the best in health, family, and culinary services in addition to an evidence-based, meticulously planned curriculum. Alongside the Day Program, the Amazing Place Connections programs provide adults living with dementia, their caregivers, health professionals, faith communities, and the community-at-large access to a full range of free to low cost training, education, engagement, and support programs.
For 29 years, Bo’s Place has served as Houston’s premier grief support center, delivering a variety of grief support programs in English and Spanish for children, families and adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. Thanks to support from the community and events like the Theta Charity Antiques Show, Bo’s Place serves individuals at no charge through its grief support services. These services include grief support groups, camps/retreats, and summer programs for group participants; grief-centered community education and training; and access to one-on-one grief consultations with licensed mental health professionals via the Information and Referral Line.
Camp for All
Camp For All is a unique barrier-free camp, working in partnership with more than 65 different not-for-profit organizations to enrich the lives of children and adults with challenging illnesses or special needs and their families, by providing unique camping and retreat experiences throughout the year. Camp For All is truly barrier-free, not just accessible. Camp For All has served more than 160,000 people and continues to serve about 11,000 annually. Camp For All is open all year long and partners with organizations such as Bo’s Place, Texas Children’s Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Epilepsy Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and more. Camp For All serves challenges including cerebral palsy, cancer, autism, missing limbs, brain injuries, foster care, spina bifida, sickle cell and many more.
Holly Hall Retirement Community is a unique, non-denominational Christian retirement community for those 65 years of age or older, founded in 1949. Holly Hall provides a continuum of care ranging from independent living to assisted living to full nursing care. Holly Hall is committed to sustaining independence and providing a rich quality of life for retired Houstonians while proudly standing on the foundation of four core values: peace, compassion, excellence, and respect. Above all, Holly Hall respects the worth and dignity of all people, but in particular, those who are unable to serve themselves.
The Rise School
An affiliate of the Texas Children’s Hospital, The Rise School of Houston provides the highest quality of early educational services to children ages six months to six years with and without disabilities in a school-wide inclusive environment. Rise delivers comprehensive education, intervention, and therapy to its students, setting them on a course to be successful when they enter mainstream public kindergarten and throughout their educational careers. Funds will support its 3Ls – Language, Letters, and Literacy – Program which is crucial for language acquisition, communication skills, and the development of early literacy skills.
Since 1986, The Rose has provided high-quality, patient-centered breast health care to all women, regardless of their ability to pay. Their mission is to save lives through quality breast health services, advocacy, and access to care for all. As a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, The Rose has carried the distinction of being the only freestanding non-hospital-based facility in Southeast Texas to receive this designation. Led by fellowship trained physicians, The Rose provides advanced 3D mammography (through its imaging centers and its Mobile Mammography program), diagnostic care (including biopsies), and access to treatment and a continuum of care for all women (insured, uninsured, and underinsured) through its nationally recognized Patient Navigation program.
Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg, Bayou Bend Collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world. Funds will help sustain the ongoing acquisition of early American decorative arts and paintings which serve as cultural and educational resources for visitors of all ages.
Child Advocates recruits, trains and supports volunteers who provide a voice for children in foster care. As Harris County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, Child Advocates provides lifesaving advocacy that helps abused and neglected children exit foster care to a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. Funds will support its Court Services Program which provides lifesaving advocacy services for abused and neglected children who are lost in the system.
Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation
The gift from this year’s Show will go to the Houston Alumnae Chapter Endowed Grant Fund, supporting Thetas who endeavor to expand their educational opportunities in non-academic pursuits. This gift will allow collegian and alumnae Thetas to participate in educational and leadership development, as well as service-learning programs around the world, gaining skills and hands-on experience they need, but can’t get inside traditional classrooms.
Texas Children’s Cancer & Hematology Centers
As the largest pediatric cancer and hematology centers in the United States, Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers provide medical treatment for patients with childhood cancer and childhood blood disorders. With a staff of renowned experts in the treatment and research of pediatric and adolescent cancer, the clinic has developed a wide array of programs aimed at curing children with diagnoses ranging from the most common to the very rare. Funds will support research towards developing new therapeutic approaches for childhood cancer through the Developmental Therapeutics Program.