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CASA NEWSLETTER
Second Quarter 2018
Join Us For Indulge!
    PLANT A SEED FOR CASA....
JULY 19, 2018  6:00-9:00 pm
VIP Reception 5-6 pm

 J.A. Balistreri Vineyards
1946 East 66th Avenue, Denver
Tickets - $75 VIP PASS - $150*
Purchase Tickets at www.casa17th.org

*VIP Pass Includes: VIP parking & seating,
celebrity meet and greet, hors d'oeuvres
& drinks, raffle & silent auction preview .
                                                        ...GROW A PATH OF HOPE

At Indulge, you will enjoy fine wines, decadent desserts, music, and more while supporting children in our community! Guests can also participate in a silent and live auction and purchase a raffle ticket offering a chance to win an Italian Villa stay, valued at over $5,500! Find out more  Here.
  
F or m ore information on our events & campaigns, please contact Anne Kerlin, Events & Communications Coordinator at 303.835.5540 or  anne@casa17th.com .
Why We Do What We Do: 

Samantha Morgan - Recipient of the Marlene Wiske, 2018 CASA Volunteer Advocate of the Year Award

Samantha has been on her current case for over three years. The children, a girl age 10 and a boy age 9, have been in the system for eight years. They suffered severe abuse at the hands of their mother, who was incarcerated.

Initially, the girl was often quiet, reserved, and disengaged. Now, she has found her voice and can express her emotions. She is more independent and doing things that Samantha never imagined she would, like giving a speech about a freed slave, Clara Brown, and performing in the school musical Grease. She is showing great internal strength and confidence.  She is completely on track in school, and she wants to be a teacher when she grows up... READ MORE
C heers to our 2018 Outstanding Volunteers!


Throughout the month of April, CASA of Adams & Broomfield Counties promoted Child Abuse Awareness month  by honoring some of our most  outstanding volunteers and supporters who work with abused children. Our Celebration Awards Dinner was a night  devoted solely to them, m aking sure they are recognized for all they do

Pictured from left to right: Lindsay Lierman, CASA Executive Director, Bob Lembke, Recipient of the CASA Philanthropist of the Year Award, and Belva Wildman, CASA Board Member

Check out the full list of nominees and award winners  HERE
Spring Swearing In Ceremonies


April 2018 CASA swearing-In ceremony at Adams County Court, including:
 Judge Moss, Judge Delgado, and Magistrate Blackett.

 
May 2018 CASA swearing-in ceremony at Broomfield City and County Court, including: Judge Bockman, Judge Davis, Magistrate Russel, and Judge Goodbee.

June 2018 CASA Swearing-In ceremony at Adams County Court, including:  Magistrate Blackett, Chief Judge Murphy, and Magistrate Stapp.

We welcomed 25 new CASA Volunteers during April, May, and June. CASA volunteers make what we do possible, sharing a commitment to improve children's lives every day. We are so grateful to have brought on so many inspiring individuals! 

To find out how YOU can become an CASA Volunteer, please contact Joyce, Outreach & Recruitment Manager at joyce@casa17th.org.
Thank You To Westminster 7:10 Rotary Club!



This quarter also included the 7:10 Rotary Club  Annual Roast & Recognition Event! The night was a huge success, with prominent faces of the Colorado community providing the entertainment, including Roastee (and good sport) Tom Clark, Emcee and Roaster  Gregg Moss ,  and Roasters  Don Elliman and  Bill Ritter.

The event raised over $84,000, with 50% of the net proceeds  supporting CASA!
 
Pictured from left to right: Bill Ritter, Tom Clark, and Roast Attendee. 
CASA Classic Success! 



The 16th Annual CASA Classic Golf Tournament took place on Tuesday, May 15th at  The Ranch Country Club. Over 110 golfers participated in the morning flight and approximately 80 golfers participated in the afternoon flight.
 
This year's tournament raised nearly $90,000!!


 
For full details about the event and to see the full list of winners, 
3rd Annual CASA Fishing Day

Pictured from left to right: Vickie Ricord, CASA Program Director, Members of the Westminster Fire Department, and Ron Hellbusch, Chair of the Kiddo Event
This event was a perfect way to kick off the summer, held at Ketner  Reservoir with over 70 CASA kids, parents and advocates in attendance.  

Thank you Ron Hellbusch for chairing the event and the Volunteer group from Anthem Ranch for assisting as  'fishing guides', and to Cabela's for donating all of the fishing poles. Thanks also to the  Westminster Fire Department and Police Department for participating in the day and their ongoing support. Our CASA kids had a great time "Reelin' in the Fun!"
Great Ways to Invest in CASA

            
   
In This Issue
Recruiting Now
Joyce Sanchez, Outreach & Recruitment Manager

Thank you to all of our Volunteers that make the CASA program a success! We are always looking for more people to make sure that every child in need has a caring CASA Volunteer Advocate. You can make a difference by being that person- say YES to CASA today and advocate for one of the 1,100 children right here in Adams and Broomfield Counties. 

For more information please contact
joyce@casa17th.com
or plan on attending our next  CASA 101.  
April Advocate
of the Month
Leanne Holitza

The CASA organization has chosen Leanne Holitza as April Advocate of the Month. She has been an advocate with CASA of Broomfield County for the past 13 years. Her current case has been opened for two years, and she's developed a strong bond with the child, who hasn't had consistency with therapists, as well as a range of other critical service professionals.
Being a CASA has taught Leanne about the needs of kids in local communities, and as a result, she's developed strong compassion for them... READ MORE
May Advocate
of the Month
Nate Leaf

The CASA organization has chosen Nate Leaf as May Advocate of the Month. He has been an advocate with CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties for the past nine months. Ever since then, he's been working with an abandoned teenager. As a retired teacher for Adams 12 School District and prior to that, having served in the Denver State Department visiting school districts to ensure compliancy according to federal mandate, he's well aware of what goes on with youth in need.  
Nate has also coached soccer and has been to plenty of high school graduations. He said that his teenager graduated and gave a speech, which was one of the most moving moments he's seen over the years...READ MORE
June  Advocate
of the Month
Dave Kusel

The CASA organization has chosen Dave Kusel as June Advocate of the Month. He has been an advocate with CASA of Broomfield County since 2005. He is currently working on three cases, one of which has been going on for four years. He remains a consistent voice in advocating for the children and resolving situations so that they can get back with their families.
Over the years, working with CASA, Dave has learned the ins and outs of the judicial process and child welfare mechanisms. He works well with his team of social workers, Guardian ad Litems, and parents. When he sees something important, he shares it with the team and is impressed by the energy of everyone who puts in time and effort to resolve each issue as it comes up...READ MORE.
Save the Date!
Please mark your calendars now to make sure you don't miss out on the fun! Stay tuned for more details on the following events.

Indulge for CASA |  07.19.2018

Light of Hope  | 10.18.2018

For more information, please contact Anne Kerlin, Events & Campaigns Coordinator at 303.835.5540
 or  anne@casa17th.com.
CASA 101 Informational Session
 
  
Do you know someone who is looking to get involved with the community? They should become a CASA Volunteer Advocate!
 
For more information, click HERE, and mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

7.26.18 CASA 101

8.7.18 CASA Volunteer Training

10.11.18 CASA 101
Window Covering Safety Council Partnership



CASA has teamed up with the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to urge parents and caregivers to check their window coverings. Exposed or dangling cords can pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children, and it's recommended to retrofit or replace them with today's safer products.

To learn more about window-cord safety, or to order free retrofit kits, go to the Window Covering Safety Council's website  HERE.
Colorado Child Abuse & Neglect Public Awareness Campaign
Help educate and encourage the public to report suspected child abuse and neglect through the  Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline:

1-844-CO-4-KIDS
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