The Madison Tri Kappa Beta Omega chapter is celebrating Tri Kappa Week, Feb. 17-23.

Tri Kappa is an Indiana philanthropic organization, founded in Indianapolis in 1901. It currently has nearly 10,000 members active and associate across the state in 146 active chapters and 114 associate chapters. The local chapter was founded March 16,1921.

The goal of Tri Kappa is to support programs and endeavors in the areas of charity, culture and education.

The Beta Omega chapter fulfills this mission through many fundraisers, including the Tri Kappa Tour of Homes held biennially on even years. The event showcases a variety of private homes in the community. All proceeds go directly back into our community in the form of educational scholarships to area students.

The Chick Flick fundraiser is a girls' night out event that is held each year. This year's event is scheduled for April 25, 2013. The fundraiser features a buffet meal and a film screening at The Ohio Theatre. In addition, chances are sold for a basket raffle.

Tri Kappa also raises money each year through nut sales in the fall.

All money raised supports a budget that dispurses money for educational scholarships to area students and to the following organizations: Turning Point, Lide White Boys and Girls Club, Pathways, Girls Incorporated, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Lifetime Resources, Madison-Jefferson County Animal Shelter, Library Reading Club, mental health initiatives, fine arts initiatives and Kids' Art Show, among others.

The local chapter also hosts bi-monthly parties for women at the Madison State Correctional Facility, organizes the end of the month meal for Salvation Army and provides baskets of food during the holiday season to families in need. The organization also gathers food, coats, toiletry items, art supplies and school supplies throughout the year to distribute to community organizations.

Chapter officers include: president, Hilary Bear; vice president, Chris Bilz; corresponding secretary, Christi Risk; recording secretary, Beth Kring; treasurer, Jodi Yancey; assistant treasurer, Cara Fox; parliamentarian, Shannon Dattilo; advisor, Chris Wilcox; and historian, Jill Mires.