Home » The 59th Annual Theta Charity Antiques Show
HOUSTON – November 20, 2011
by Corbin B.P. Dodge
Founded in 1952 by Kappa Alpha Theta Houston Alumnae, the Theta Charity Antiques Show is considered by many aficionados to be one of the top three antiques shows in the United States for size and quality—and it’s all for the benefit of Houstonians. The show has not only provided a unique, world-class cultural experience for the city of Houston but also raised more than $6 million since its inception to support Houston’s nonprofits in education, the arts, health care and community assistance. Over the years, the Antiques Show has benefited 90 organizations. As one of the show’s four permanent beneficiaries, Texas Children’s Cancer Center has received annual contributions totaling $1,804,362.
The relationship between Texas Children’s Cancer Center and the Theta Charity Antiques Show began in 1975 when half the show’s proceeds were given to support the early work of Texas Children’s Hematology Research Service, which had been initiated and developed by Donald J. Fernbach, M.D. That service has grown into the internationally renowned Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Hematology Service, headed by David G. Poplack, M.D., and the show has supported it every year since. Dr. Fernbach says, “The Thetas have been one of the most consistent long-term donors to the Cancer Center. Their early support and generosity made it possible for us to grow this program.”
Proceeds of the 2005 show established The Donald J. Fernbach, M.D., Lecture Series, presented by The Houston Alumnae of Kappa Alpha Theta. Subsequent Theta gifts endowed this exceptional series, which brings distinguished national and international experts to present at the Cancer Center’s research conference, providing fellows and junior faculty an intense teaching experience. “It is truly fitting that the Thetas are the group that stepped forward to make this series happen,” Dr. Poplack says. “Through these exceptional lectures, Kappa Alpha Theta is giving medical researchers, their trainees and students from throughout the Texas Medical Center a unique forum for important scientific dialogue. There is no question that without the Theta support, this now nationally recognized lecture series would not have been possible.”