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Serving With ‘Charity and Kindness’

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-11-29-05-amTri Kappa Inc. Has Benefited Indiana Community Since 1901


TAMMY PERSINGER, now a retired teacher and real estate agent, kept hearing women at work talking about Tri Kappa. “What is that?” she asked. “How can people get involved?”

One day, Persinger received an invitation in the mail to go to a meeting where she could learn more about this mysterious organization. She’s been a member for eight years now and loves it.

Tri Kappa is a philanthropic sorority for women in Indiana, with 247 chapters all over the state. It’s not like a traditional sorority in which you join as a college student, but you do have to pledge and be initiated, similar to other women’s groups. “You approach someone who is already a member and get information about it,” Persinger said. “We really look for people that have that giving spirit.”

Persinger is a member of the Floyd County chapter of Kappa, Kappa, Kappa Inc., along with Kerry Nicolas, a real estate agent who has been a member for 25 years.

“I like it because we’re giving back to the community, and it’s strictly philanthropic,” Nicolas said. “So, all we do is have fundraisers to give back.”

Tri Kappa was founded by some young college women in Indianapolis in 1901. They decided their organization’s purpose would be “charity and kindness,” which the organization still follows today. When the ladies dispersed to their homes after college, they formed chapters, which helped the organization spread throughout the state.screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-11-29-13-am

Today, the organization works to raise money for charity, culture and education. At the end of each fiscal year, they dole out funds for scholarships and grants to other non-profit organizations. The Floyd County chapter gives out about $5,000 a year in scholarships and about $5,000 to $6,000 a year in grants to charities and arts organizations. Last year, they were able to give grants to every group that requested funds, Persinger said. The group also helps support Riley Children’s Health in Indianapolis, and they have made blankets and “puppy pillows” for kids as they come out of surgery.

Tri Kappa raise money through various events throughout the year, including their annual gala in February, as well as selling macaroni and cheese at Harvest Homecoming. They also do service projects that don’t involve raising money, such as painting swingsets at a park and giving the residents of a retirement community a “spa day” complete with shoulder massages and nail painting.



The women also enjoy the sisterhood that comes alongside the philanthropy. “We have people from all different backgrounds, all different races, all different cultures, all different religions and occupations,” Persinger said. We’re a very diverse group of women. It’s just been interesting to get to meet everybody and get to network with them. We just get together and have fun, and in having fun, we make money to give back to the community.”

For more information, visit trikappa.org.

Sweet Corn Festival To Benefit Families With Special Needs

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-1-28-16-pmMONTGOMERY FARMS is normally filled with beautiful brides and wedding guests. But this summer, it will host a festival celebrating delicious sweet corn and benefiting families with special needs.

On July 28, the festival is open to the public and will raise money to support the July 29 Special Abilities Barnyard Bash, which is specifically for families with special needs.

Dallas Montgomery, who owns and runs Montgomery Farms with his sister, Mandi Bieda, said they wanted to give back to the community by offering this event to the public. Because the surrounding areas in Southern Indiana have a high incidence of children with special needs, they wanted to give that population a way to enjoy a festival just for them while offering fun and helpful information for parents and caregivers.

Montgomery Farms was an agri-entertainment business for many years, but it now hosts weddings and events. Before those weddings, though, the farm was known for its sweet corn. So, the family decided to host a Sweet Corn Festival, which also gave them an excuse to plant corn again. “Even today, we still get calls asking if we have sweet corn, although we haven’t grown it for years,” he said with a laugh. “We were known for sweet corn, so we just planted our own sweet corn. And it’s starting to come up!”

There will be sweet corn for sale, as well as a sweet corn grilling station, cornhole, a petting zoo with 100 animals, a sweet corn eating contest, food trucks, zip lines, a mechanical bull, a beer garden, bounce houses, vendor booths, carnival games, live music and more.

At the Special Needs Barnyard Bash, there will be a petting zoo, haircuts, a special needs dance team performance, vacation and financial planning services, medical equipment resources, a movie screening, police car and fire truck to play in, 3D interactive games, karaoke and more.

Montgomery said for the first year, the money raised from the event will support the free event on Sunday, but in the future, he and Bieda hope to raise more money from proceeds and sponsorships to donate to local charities for people with special needs. And with 40 acres of land, there is plenty of room to grow.

Admission and parking are free, and each activity, food and drink will have its own cost. The Barnyard Bash will be free for all special needs families and caregivers.

“It’s a fun event for a great cause,” Montgomery said.

Sweet Corn Festival

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 28


1122 E. Radio Tower Road in Underwood

Free to attend. Cost is per activity.