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Tri Kappa breaks out Easter egg project

Tri Kappmembers Laurie Eltzroth (left) Patty Sayles work Crown Point High School cafeterimaking thousands chocolate Easter eggs for Tri Kappa's

Tri Kappa members Laurie Eltzroth (left) and Patty Sayles work in the Crown Point High School cafeteria making thousands of chocolate Easter eggs for Tri Kappa's annual fundraiser. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media

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Some might argue it wouldn’t be Easter without the Easter Bunny. Those who live in the Crown Point area might disagree. What would the spring holiday be without Tri Kappa Easter eggs?

The project, now in its 24th year, has become not only a much-loved local tradition, but a successful endeavor for this philanthropic sorority.

“Our product is great. In terms of what you get, it’s a great value,” explained Vanessa Meschede, who chairs this year’s egg project. “But most importantly, it’s for a good cause.”

Over the weekend of Feb. 21-23, sorority members gathered in the Crown Point High School kitchen and managed to produce an impressive 5,515 chocolate eggs.

“Every member of the sorority works nine-plus hours in the creation of these eggs,” Meschede said. “It’s a lot of hard work but we have a lot of fun doing it.”

The eggs come with six popular fillings: peanut butter, coconut, raspberry or chocolate cream, maple nut krunch and caramel. The most popular?

“Peanut butter is by far the most favorite,” said Meschede. “I think it’s because of our secret Tri Kappa filling recipe.”

With a nod to becoming more environmentally friendly, this year the organization has bypassed the plastic boxes of the past for a more compact, cardboard container.

“Because it’s smaller, it holds the egg in place more securely,” Meschede said. “It also has a cellophane window so you can clearly see the eggs.”

Meschede also noted that another new addition this year is a packaging label that warns the eggs might contain peanuts or nut oil.

Kappa Kappa Kappa is a women’s sorority, unique to the state of Indiana. Founded in 1901, it now boasts 146 active chapters with almost 9,000 participating members statewide. Its website clearly states its purpose: “Bringing women into close, unselfish relationship for the promotion of charity, culture and education.”

Each local chapter, such as the Crown Point Tri Kappas, develops projects to benefit the community. Collectively through the years, members have offered endless hours of service and have donated millions to worthy causes throughout the state.

According to Meschede, the local chapter has 73 members ranging from young women to seniors. “We share a common purpose of helping our community through service, and that has no age limit,” Meschede said. Last year, proceeds from the sale of the eggs, their biggest fundraiser, went to scholarships for Crown Point students and various organizations needing assistance.

The Tri Kappas also engage students in the production process. “We had 25 volunteers this year,” Meschede said. “We believe it provides a lesson in work ethics but also teaches young people that there is a much bigger world that surrounds us.”

The Easter eggs are being sold at various Crown Point businesses, now through Easter, or until the supply runs out. Meschede suggested looking for Tri Kappa signs in store windows or calling her at 226-3253 for locations.



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