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CASA CLIPS Newsletter
October 2017
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       Thank You!
A Far Out Night of Fun Was Had at Hops & Barley Ball!

Visit the event photo gallery by Bob Compton Photography.

Friends and supporters of CASA had a groovy great time at our annual auction on Friday, September 22nd.  The Hops & Barley Ball, a Night of Disco was held at Studio Dan Meiners. We welcomed 260 guests and brought together many corporate partners who helped to underwrite the evening, including Performance Contracting Group as presenting sponsor.
The 70's disco theme had guests donning their disco duds and enjoying the mirror balls as they shopped the silent auction, savored a retro-inspired menu, and danced the night away to the live music of Boogie Wonderland! An on-site photo booth captured the great attire and dance moves!

Guests had the opportunity to participate in a wine pull where they competed in an "across the decades" trivia game for a chance to take home a great bottle of wine.  The best trivia players also competed for the grand prize of a weekend getaway in a choice of properties from ExecuStay Midwest.  Also fun was CASA's Giving Game Board which held a picture puzzle to be revealed and solved during the evening.  With correct answer, guests enjoyed a Disco Hustle performed by dancers from Allegro Ballroom.

"The fun and energy surrounding this event was electric," says Alyssa Perbeck, CASA's Development Director.  "We truly enjoyed hosting this event for our volunteers, friends and supporters, who every day make an impact for the children we together serve."

With sponsorships, the event raised more than $123,000 to support CASA advocacy programs for abused and neglected children which will directly benefit CASA kids and the continuation of ongoing programming.  The organization would like to thank presenting sponsor Performance Contracting Group, as well as lead sponsors Lee Jeans, Lockton Companies, Smith & Loveless, and the Greater Kansas City Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta.  Thanks also to the many other corporate partners and friends for success of the evening.
 Fast Stats: Thru 3rd Quarter 2017
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  • CASA has served 399 abused and neglected children
  • 203 CASA volunteers have provided services to 249 families
  • CASA has trained 41 new volunteers in 2017 training sessions
  • 502 court reports have been submitted by CASA volunteers
  • Staff and volunteers have attended 556 court hearings
  • CASA has 206 volunteers 
Our mission of advocating for children continues and we thank you for your support!

CASA Day at the Zoo
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Friends of CASA enjoyed a beautiful day at the Zoo on September 16th. More than 100 tickets were graciously donated by The Kansas City Zoo and given to CASA kids and their foster families to enjoy one of Kansas City's great attractions. Friends of CASA volunteers served dozens of lunches to the kids and families.

If you'd like to get involved in Friends of CASA, our volunteer auxiliary, please consider joining us for a Friends Social Event, Wednesday, October 18th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. RSVP to Gayle Hathorne at 913.715.4032.

CASA Trainees Attend Court Night!
Recently our CASA volunteer trainees attended court night with Judge Kathleen Sloan. Trainees learned about the court process and timeline. They also discussed GAL attorney roles and guidelines the court uses to determine whether a child is a Child In Need of Care. We are anxiously awaiting for these trainees to complete their National CASA online training and be ready to advocate for one of the many children on our waiting list.
If you are interested in joining our November or January training class (which includes online sessions), contact Nina Kimbrough at 913.715.4042. Classes are forming now!

Bring a Smile to a Child this Holiday Season!

Adopt a CASAWe need your help to bring joy to children this Holiday Season.  Adopt-A-CASA Child provides holiday gifts
for abused children served by CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties, and helps to make the holiday season brighter for children who might otherwise be without gifts this year.  Do you know an individual, family, business, church or civic group that would like
to help?  You may also volunteer at our annual CASA Kids Holiday Party.  If you are interested in these holiday giving activities for special children, please contact Nina Kimbrough at 913.715.4042.

Conversation with CASA

Conversation with CASALearn 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, November 9th, Noon to 1:00 p.m.

This event is free and refreshments will be provided.

If you are interested in joining a remaining 2017 training class, we encourage you to attend this Conversation so that you will be well-equipped for the class.  RSVP to Nina Kimbrough or call 913.715.4042.

For CASA Volunteers 

Partnership, Pizza and Pickleball for CASA Kids
Sunday, October 22nd 
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Blue Valley Recreation Complex

PIzza and Pickle Ball
Thank you to the Blue Valley Recreation Center for their partnership with CASA. Through this partnership, CASA youth and their volunteers will be able to utilize the center and all of its amenities. CASA children are free and volunteers may accompany their CASA children for just $5 per visit.

As a Kick-Off Celebration, CASA Children, their families, and CASA volunteers are invited to join us at BVRC for Pizza and Pickleball. There will be 4 pickleball courts, a volleyball court, and 2 baskets for basketball all available to CASA kids and their families. 

Please RSVP with number of adults and children by October 19th to Alli Zuel at 913.715.4033 and to obtain the required registration/release for each participating child.
Coffee, Conversation and Camaraderie
Join us monthly for an opportunity to share stories, brainstorm, and find solutions to the problems challenging you as a CASA volunteer. You will earn 1.5 in-service credits. 

The next Coffee Shop meeting will be held on:
Wednesday, October 25th from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Working with Younger Youth - How to engage younger children during your visit? 
(i.e. activities you can do with them)

Facilitated by: Ballard Yeates

Please RSVP to Alli Zuel at 913.715.4033 by Monday, October 23rd if you plan to attend.


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