Matteo and Alejandra Loved Yaya and Also Their Foster Family

Matteo and Alejandra, 7 and 4, blossomed in their foster home. They grew several inches, bonded with their foster siblings and Alejandra finally began speaking after years of neglect. But they also loved "Yaya," a family friend they considered a grandmother who'd tried to look out for them despite being hampered by age and disability. Was there a way for the foster family and Yaya to be involved in the children's lives going forward? Could they both continue to love the children?  Visit Dallas CASA's blog   to learn more.
Dallas CASA Volunteer Recognized By American Airlines

Dallas CASA volunteer advocate Syed Masood was honored with the Earl G. Graves Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion by his employer, American Airlines. The award is given annually to four employees out of American's workforce of more than 120,000 people.  Syed, who works as an IT senior project manager for the airline, was honored for understanding "that the important lessons of inclusion and diversity are taught in classrooms." He pioneered a joint venture between the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and American and also successfully executed an annual recognition program to honor the contributions of public school teachers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Syed has organized events in the Muslim community to create awareness about the need for foster families. In addition he has coordinated Dallas CASA volunteer recruitment events and fundraisers at American Airlines.  To read more about Syed and his role as a child advocate, visit Dallas CASA's blog .
Voices for a Cause Benefit Concert

The  Dallas CASA Young Professionals  will host a benefit concert on Oct. 18 featuring performances by headliner   The Ray Johnston Band  and opening act  Signed Out . Voices for a Cause brings together supporters of Dallas CASA on  The Rustic 's outdoor patio to support abused and neglected children. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door rain or shine and include two drinks tickets and appetizers. The event is presented by The Hiduke Foundation and co-chaired by YP Council members Reasha Hedke, Elise Nichols and Dana Swann.
Champion Co-Chair Bela Cooley Does Double Duty Advocating

Bela Cooley is not only co-chairing Dallas CASA's Champion of Children Award Dinner, she's a sworn volunteer advocate as well. Since March of 2018, Bela has been advocating for a four-year-old girl removed from home due to neglect while also planning this fall's Champion of Children Award Dinner with co-chairs husband Chase Cooley, Jan Miller and Jeff Rich and Regina Montoya and Paul Coggins. "I believe in what CASA does, and I'm proud to say CASA does change lives," she said. "Time is truly the most valuable thing you can give someone, and it's been deeply rewarding to know I'm making a difference one child at a time."

This year's Judge Barefoot Sanders Champion of Children Award will be presented to The Meadows Foundation on Nov. 15 at The Fairmont Dallas. To purchase tickets or tables to the event, visit Dallas CASA's website .
Last Call to Join Dallas CASA's 2018 Angel Tree Program

Most children dream of finding special gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. For children in protective care, life is so uncertain and full of change they can't be sure Christmas is coming. But each child with a CASA volunteer advocate can be assured their holiday dreams will come true. Their advocate gathers their holiday gift wish list, along with practical things like clothing and shoes sizes, and submits it to Dallas CASA. Our very generous corporate and organizational partners then fulfill these wish lists, checking the lists off one by one. Gifts are dropped off at Dallas CASA's offices and organized by members of our Children's Council. As Christmas approaches, advocates retrieve the gifts for their children and deliver the wrapped gifts, ensuring every child's holiday wishes really will come true.  To learn more or to engage your company or organization to become a 2018 Dallas CASA Angel, contact Sharon Balaban .

North Texas Giving Day Breaks Records for Dallas CASA and City

Dallas CASA's supporters contributed a record $99,475 to Dallas CASA and the children we serve on North Texas Giving Day. The single day of giving, hosted by Communities Foundation of Texas on September 20, raised a record $ 48,479,823 for 2,690 local nonprofit agencies. Over the past ten years, donors have injected more than $240 million into local organizations on North Texas Giving Day.  To read more about North Texas Giving Day's impact on the Dallas community, go to My Sweet Charity .
SMU Thetas Support Dallas CASA

The Southern Methodist University chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta hosted the group's annual 5K and fun run benefiting Dallas CASA on Sept. 30. The race wound through the SMU campus and had 300 registrants this year. Funds raised from the race allow Dallas CASA to recruit and train additional volunteers to serve abused and neglected children living in the protective care of the state.
New D allas CASA Volunteers

Dallas CASA  welcomes volunteers who have completed 30 hours of training and courtroom observations and are ready to begin serving abused  and  neglected children in need. Click here  to read the names of the newest volunteers.

In 2017 Dallas CASA recruited and trained a record 443 new volunteer advocates. Thank you to everyone who serves abused and neglected children! Check out Dallas CASA's Facebook page for photos from our new volunteer swearing-in ceremonies.
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February 2, 2019

Mark your calendars now for CASAblanca, a casino party hosted by Dallas CASA Young Professionals. The event, which features casino games, a live band and prizes, will be on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at The Hall on Dragon
Event Co-chairs are Kelcey Hamilton, Elise Nichols and Dana Swann.

April 5, 2019
The Omni Dallas

Dallas CASA's Children's Council is hosting the annual Cherish the Children luncheon on April 5 at The Omni Dallas. More details coming soon. 
Event co-chairs are  Gina Porter and Nicki Sherry.
noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 19
6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25
noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 2

Please invite friends and colleagues to attend an upcoming  information session  to learn more about becoming a Dallas CASA volunteer. We have day and evening  classes  for volunteer training.

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