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What is Theta Design Weekend?

Formerly known as the Theta Charity Antiques Show, the event has raised over $7 million dollars since its inception donating hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to deserving Texas charities.

Theta Design Weekend is a newly branded, expertly curated, 3-day home décor shopping extravaganza and interior design show at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center taking place December 1 – 3, 2017.

This year, Theta is taking the rare antiques from the Theta Charity Antiques Show and merging them with modernity. In our new incarnation, we will highlight everything from art, architecture, and landscaping to décor, lighting, and textiles.

The three-day shopping extravaganza will play host to thousands of attendees, descending on Houston for our Preview Party, lectures, luncheons, design panels, walks, and a Young Collector’s Party with margaritas, Mexican food and music, all with access to some of the top interior designers, architects, artists and artisans in the world.

Funds raised from Theta Design Weekend 2017 will go to support Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens/Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Child Advocates, the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, Yellowstone Academy, The Jung Center, WorkFaith Connection, TIRR Foundation, Crime Stoppers of Houston and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra.

The Weekend is completely run by more than 20 Committee Chairs and 200 volunteers of the Houston Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae chapter, working together to make it a success.

With a goal of philanthropy, the Houston Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta first endeavored to raise funds in the 1940’s and 50’s through sales of crocheted coat hangers, metal polish, magazine subscriptions and a lottery for a mink stole, each to lackluster results. Then, in 1952, they took a cue from a prominent group of socialites in New York and launched the first Theta Charity Antiques Show at the Shamrock Hotel in downtown Houston.



History of Giving

Since 1952, the Theta Charity Antiques Show and Theta Design Weekend have given proceeds from our weekend events to wonderful organizations who work to better our community through community, cultural, educational and medical endeavors. Each of these groups is listed below with the total amount given over the years.

COMMUNITY

Total Community Giving$1,921,775
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
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.$168,000
Communities in Schools$45,200
Community Partners$51,200
Covenant House Texas$109,500
Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Houston$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
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
The Jung Center$9,500
Kids’ Meals$30,000
KIPP Academy$15,000
LIFE$16,000
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
Sheltering Arms$132,715
SIRE$10,000
SPCA$8,000
Star of Hope$22,000
Taping for the Blind$30,000
Teach for America$20,000
Trees for Houston$5,000
The Women’s Home$66,500
Undies for Everyone$23,000

EDUCATIONAL

Total Educational Giving$498,635
The Arbor School$15,000
Gateway Academy$19,000
Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation$1,500
Theta Foundation Scholarships$463,135

MEDICAL

Total Medical Giving$2,824,102
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
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$2,104,252
The Center for Hearing & Speech$77,971
The Institute for Rehabilitation & Research$108,435
The Rose$25,000
United Cerebral Palsy$18,700

CULTURAL

Total Cultural Giving$1,858,301
AD Players$17,500
Alley Theatre$21,000
Art for the Deaf Child$81,000
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens$1,496,851
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
Museum of Fine Arts – Capital Campaign$20,000
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$9,750
Winedale Historical Center$30,000

Total Giving Through 2016:  $7,152,241

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