Fishers Tri Kappa Donut Festival Returns October 5 at Saxony Hall
Writer/ Madeleine Mills-Craig
Entering their third year of establishment, the Donut Festival, hosted by Fishers Tri Kappa, will be held at the Saxony Hall Pavilion on Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and those three-years-old and under get in for free.
Not only does this event provide a great morning with friends, families and donuts, but it also raises funds for the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation.
“We specifically support what’s called second chance grants. The teachers submit grant applications to the foundation, but there’s never enough funds to cover the teachers’ wishes,” Tri Kappa member Megan Siebert says. “We’re able to cover some of those grants that the foundation couldn’t cover. Last year, we raised $2,500 for the grant. One example of the grants that we supported was for a teacher at Sand Creek Intermediate school who did a podcast learning club. She was able to buy some equipment that we were able to provide and help the kids with communications skills. That’s an example of the grants that we’re able to help out with.”
The festival runs on donations and vendors who are willing to come out. Because you can’t have donuts without coffee, in addition to donuts, coffee will also be available. A few of the confirmed vendors are Fresh thyme, Schoolhouse 7 Cafe, Taylor’s Bakery and Tim’s Bakery. In addition to the ample food, there will also be face painting, temporary tattoo stations and donut crafts.
“Your ticket gets you into the event and you can taste all of the donuts and coffee that you want. We actually have voting so that you can vote for your favorite donut and your favorite coffee,” Siebert says. “It’s kind of just a fun morning with donuts, coffee and enjoying some time with each other.”
Tri Kappa is a women’s film and graphics sorority that is centered around charity, culture and education. Although they are a sorority, the organization is not affiliated with any colleges. The Fishers Chapter has been established for roughly 25 years. The sorority created the Donut Festival in hopes of expanding their reach and impact in the Fishers Community.
“One of our members had attended Indy Donut Festival a few years ago and just loved the idea of it,” Siebert says. “We were looking for a way to refresh our fundraising efforts because we’ve been doing one event for over 20 years. Our group was kind of ready for something new. We were debating between doing something with the Donut Festival or a trivia night and people were just really excited for a Donut Festival. We look forward to participating with the local vendors and just raising funds for the teachers.”
Tri Kappa decided on directing the funds generated by the festival to the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation because, in the past, they had provided scholarships for students there. The issue was that there were only a few scholarships offered and those offered were for only a few hundred dollars.
“We decided to relook at that and figure out how we could impact more students rather than just a student here and a student there,” Siebert says. “We took an opportunity and looked at what was going on in the schools and we found there were all of these grants that were going unfunded. This was a great way for us to refocus and be able to impact more students in our community.”
For those interested in attending the festival, tickets can be found on the Tri Kappa Donut Festival Facebook page. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and those three and under get in for free. The festival is on Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets provide an unlimited amount of coffee and donuts at the festival.