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CASA CLIPS Newsletter
July 2017
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       Hops & Barley Ball - A Night of Disco at the Studio!
Friday, September 22, 2017

Presented by Performance Contracting Group

1Get your groove on and meet us at the studio as we take to a night of disco and a fresh, fun event for CASA.  You will absolutely dig the far out mix of food and drink and 70's scene nightclub as you boogie the night away to live music and other funky cool entertainment.  All of this for a good cause!

Disco Ball
The Hops & Barley Ball includes:
  • Open Bar with Cocktails, Beer and Wine
  • Creative Menu and Dining Stations
  • Live Music by Boogie Wonderland
  • Silent Auction & More
This annual fundraiser is solid good vibes so be there or be square!  Your participation will help bring abused and neglected children a happier childhood and a brighter future.

Ticket price is $110 through August 31st.  Order your tickets today!
Sponsor packages are also available.  For more information or with questions contact Alyssa Perbeck at 913.715.4035.  And yes, 70's style disco attire is encouraged!

**CASA is currently collecting great items for the silent auction! 
Please contact Di Topjon and let us know if you would like to contribute.
4th Annual CASA SuperHero 5K Run/Walk
The 4th Annual CASA SuperHero 5K Run/Walk was held Sunday, June 25th at Corporate Woods in Overland Park.  Under the banner 'Every Child Needs a Hero, but Abused Children Need SuperHeroes', the event brought in more than 800 participants and 100 event volunteers, many dressed as their favorite Superhero.  The family and pet-friendly event raised more than $50,000 for CASA programs in the community.  These monies will help train and support volunteer advocates for abused children.
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The run/walk began after the National Anthem was sung by Lily Burnam, from Mission, KS. Jackson Hansen served as our flag bearer.  Bryan Busby, KMBC 9 News Chief Meteorologist, counted down the start and participants were cheered on by a large crowd of spectators as they took to the course. 

There were lots of activities for families, including the Kids Fun Zone where budding superheroes had the chance to test their skills by knocking down the Hulk "Smash!" Wall.  Other Fun Zone activities included a superhero color and craft station, face painting, temporary tattoos, and a superhero selfie station.  Shaved ice from Polar Oasis provided a tasty treat for children, while all participants enjoyed a variety of freshly-prepared menu items from First Watch, a sponsor of the 5K event.  Children 10 and under could enter the Kids Fun Run where every child received a superhero cape, race medal and goodie bag for participating.  Prizes were given for most creative, most original, and best overall costumes for adults, kids, and new this year, dogs too!  As expected, this brought out some very unique and original costumes which left our judges with difficult choices on winners.

This event could not have happened without our lead event sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Children's Mercy, and KMBC 9 News. We are also fortunate to have many other important businesses and individuals who served as sponsors and greatly contributed to our success.  We appreciate every person or organization that supported, planned, participated or volunteered to make this event a great one!  Thank you!

You can find the race results here.

Back to School Supply Drive!
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  CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties has been standing up for abused and neglected kids in our area for over 30 years. You can partner with CASA for our 2017 "Back to School" Supply Drive hosted by Friends of CASA!  Help us empower abused and neglected children. These kids are eager to learn and do well in school.  However, relative and foster families do not always have the resources to fund school supplies. Our children deserve to get off to a good start this school year!

The CASA office will be collecting donations of new school supplies, including backpacks and lunchboxes through July 31st. Friends of CASA will begin distributing the supplies August 1st - 4th.

If you would prefer to sponsor a child, a monetary donation of just $25 can purchase one backpack with supplies!  Possibly your company or organization would like to get involved by hosting its own school supply drive. If you would like to donate online for CASA to purchase necessary items, please do so here. (Choose Child Activity in the drop down menu.)

You may drop off or send your donation to the CASA office: 5700 Broadmoor, Suite 201, Mission, KS 66202. With questions, please call the office at 913.715.4040.

Please partner with us to send abused kids back to school with supplies they so desperately need. Your help is greatly appreciated!
Fast Stats: Thru 2nd Quarter 2017
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  • CASA has served 363 abused and neglected   children
  • 184 CASA volunteers have provided services to 227 families
  • CASA has trained 32 new volunteers in 2017 training sessions
  • 349 court reports have been submitted by CASA volunteers
  • Staff and volunteers have attended 389 court hearings
  • CASA has 197 volunteer advocates

Our mission continues and we need your financial support!  You may give online at or mail your donation to the CASA office at: 5700 Broadmoor, Suite 201 Mission, KS 66202.  Thank you for your support!
Congratulations CASA Graduates!
Congratulations to our newest CASA Graduates!  We wish each of you good luck as you begin your journey to advocate on behalf of children who have been abused and neglected.  If you are interested in joining one of our fall Flex training classes (which includes online sessions at your own pace) contact Nina Kimbrough at 913.715.4042. Classes are forming now!
    summer 2017 class

Seated: Joan Vandergriff, Lia Stene, and Kelly Murray 
Middle Row: Debbie Swanson, Cheryl Ferguson, Nicole Wagoner, Julie Jones-Luttrell, Debra Lainez, and Pam Brandsted
Back Row: Alli Zuel, Eric Talb, John Shuchart, Maurice Ayers, Alli Kenkel, and Laurent Denis
Conversation with CASA
Conversation with CASA
Learn more about our agency at our next Conversation with CASA.  This one-hour program includes information on CASA's mission and history, local child abuse statistics, the role of volunteers and a story from an active CASA advocate.

The next Conversation is:
Thursday, August 10th, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
This event is free and refreshments will be provided.

RSVP to Nina Kimbrough or call 913.715.4042.

For CASA Volunteers 

Volunteer In-Service - Stewards of Children
August 24, 2017
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
CASA Training Room

Please plan on joining us for our next CASA in-service, Stewards of Children presented by Sunflower House. This training will focus on child sexual abuse prevention training that educates adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse and motivates them to take action.

Participation in this workshop earns 1.5 hours in-service credit towards the annual 4 hour requirement for 2017. Please RSVP to Alli Zuel at 913.715.4033 by Thursday, August 22nd.
Coffee, Conversation and Camaraderie
Join us monthly for an opportunity to talk with other volunteers. This is a great time to get together with other CASAs to share stories of the things that are going well, brainstorm and find solutions to problems you are facing, and to hang out with like-minded people.  You will earn 1.5 in-service credits towards the 4 hours annual requirement for 2017.  We will provide the coffee, and you provide the conversation.

The next Coffee Shop meeting will be held on:
Wednesday, August 23rd from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Stress - How do you cope with your CASA case?

Facilitated by: Ballard Yeates

Due to increased building occupancy, parking is limited during the work day. Please refrain from parking outside of the designated parking spaces.  Cars illegally parked are being towed.  Please call the office if you have questions.

Please RSVP to Alli Zuel at 913.715.4033 if you plan to attend.

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