November 2013  

CASA Up Close

Welcome to another edition of CASA Up Close Monthly. Below you will find information about our supporters, upcoming events, training opportunities and more. Please feel free to contact CASA for more information about anything you read. And, as always, thank you for your continued support.

CASA of Central Texas


CASA of Central Texas advocates for abused and neglected
children in the court system by recruiting, training and
supporting community volunteers.

Every child has the right to a safe, nurturing, permanent home.
Letter from the Executive Director


Maximizing Your Gift



     As we approach the end of 2013, individual and corporate support is important now more than ever.  Individual donations are a generous way to help CASA provide direct services to the abused and neglected children living in State care.  However, many people do not realize their employers have a charitable giving or corporate matching program. 

     Corporate matching gifts are a great way for you to boost your individual contribution and increase the impact of your gift.  By taking advantage of a company's matching gift program, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of a contribution.  Many companies will also match gifts from retired employees, part time employees and spouses.

     I encourage you to contact your finance or human resources department to request a matching gift form and information on your company's social responsibility initiatives.  Your gift to CASA, matched with a corporate donation, will provide a voice for the abused and neglected children throughout our community.





Norma Castilla-Blackwell 

Special Thanks

CASA Thanks Veterans for Service

As November 11th marked Veterans Day, CASA of Central Texas would like to say thank you to veterans of the United States Armed Forces, especially those who continue to serve as CASA volunteers for the children in our community.


Upcoming Information Sessions
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CASA can also
bring these information
sessions to you,
just give us a call!
You are Invited to a CASA Voices Tour
Learn about CASA and the work our advocates are doing in the community.  Join us on the 1st and 2nd Wednesdays of each month for a one-hour "virtual" tour of our mission.  Open to everyone, bring your friends, family and colleagues and we will provide lunch! 


 New Braunfels CASA office 


  Wednesday, December 4th - Noon

Wednesday, January 8th - Noon  


  San Marcos CASA office 

Wednesday, December 11th - Noon
Wednesday, January 15th - Noon

Schertz - GVEC Community Room


Thursday, January 9th - Noon


Seguin - GVEC Community Room 


Friday, January 10th - Noon



Lunch provided by Fox's Pizza Den in New Braunfels
and Chick-fil-A in San Marcos.

Please RSVP to Ali Wilkinson by e-mail or at 830-626-2272.

Holiday Toy Drive
Participate in CASA's Holiday Toy Drive

This holiday season, CASA of Central Texas is collaborating with local organizations to provide holiday gifts for abused and neglected children.  

Gift Wrapping Session:


All of the gifts we received need to be sorted and wrapped.  Community members and organizations are welcome to join us and help prepare the gifts for the children.  


Wednesday, December 4th

4 p.m. - 7p.m.

New Braunfels CASA Office

1619 E. Common St., Ste. 301

New Braunfels, TX 78130   


 If you are interested in helping wrap gifts, please contact DeAnna Curcio by e-mail  or at (830) 626-2272.




Can you donate $30 Target and Wal-Mart  

gift cards for CASA kids?


We need your help this holiday season to ensure that all of our children receive the special gifts they've wished for!  We also want to make sure children have all of their needs met as it grows a little bit colder this winter.

If you would like to help, please consider donating $30 (or more) gift cards to Wal-Mart and Target.  These are the most popular gift card requests from our kids, and will help when kids need a warm coat or extra food this winter.


Community Event
Santa Pictures to Benefit CASA 

CASA of Central Texas will have a
Pictures with Santa station during the Great Gingerbread Event at McKenna Children's Museum in New Braunfels.     
 Bring the kids out for a photo with Santa, gingerbread house decorating, face painting, and a chance to win prizes in a raffle!

Saturday, December 14th 
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Saturday, December 21st  
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Volunteer Voices

Tracy McGinty, CASA Volunteer from Hays County.
Firefighter Fights for Kids 

Tracy McGinty became an advocate in El Paso nine years ago before moving to Central Texas.    


"I met a few CASA's while I was working for the El Paso Fire Department.  They convinced me that it would be a good way to give back in retirement." 


Over the course of six cases, Tracy has been an advocate for a total of 14 children.  He says that the best part of being a CASA volunteer is fighting for a child and prevailing.

"It's especially gratifying when the child is old enough to know what you have done and they say 'thank you'."  

Casework supervisor Layla Coleman said that Tracy's insightfulness, dedication, doggedness, and compassion are just a few of the attributes that make him excel as a CASA.  
"I'm always learning from Tracy, and I look forward to many more years of serving children in need with such a wonderful advocate."


Volunteer Appreciation Party

Celebrating Another Successful Year

Upcoming Volunteer Trainings
Make a Difference in the life of a child,
become a CASA Volunteer

Help us get the word out about these trainings!
If you know someone who would make a great
CASA volunteer, please share these training dates.

Jeannette Sheridan, CASA of Central Texas Advocate since 2003


New Braunfels CASA office


January 15th to February 12th  


1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  



San Marcos CASA office


January 18th to February 8th
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  To learn more about training sessions, contact Training Coordinator Debbie Haynes at 512-392-3578 or by e-mail.


For more information on becoming a volunteer, click here.
Volunteers in Action

CASA Revives Legislative Committee

CASA staff and volunteers headed to Austin for a legislative advocacy workshop hosted by Texas CASA. The Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) for CASA of Central Texas will be co-chaired by volunteers
John Barthel and Sandra Koonce.

Pictured l-r: Co-Chair Sandra Koonce, Executive Director Norma Blackwell, Co-Chair John Barthel, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs, Bob Williams. 

The LAT works to promote CASA and raise awareness of related issues on the legislative level by attending CASA Day at the Capitol and
meeting with local officials out of session.

 Executive Director Norma Blackwell (right) with Texas CASA staff and State Representative and Appropriations Committee Chair John Otto.

Event Recap

CASA Celebrates in Seguin 
CASA's Superstar Showcase was held on November 7th at
 the Big Red Barn in Seguin.

The event honored State Representative John Kuempel for
 his ongoing support in the fight against child abuse.
Pictured l-r: Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs, State Rep. John Kuempel, Board President JoAnne Germer, Executive Director Norma Blackwell, Michelle Kuempel.  

More photos from the Superstar Showcase are available on our Facebook page, click here.

Special Thanks to our event sponsor:
Guadalupe Regional Medical Center

Auction Donors:
Becky Lake
Grant John
Starcke Park Golf Club
Susie Russell  
Carolyn Liner
Gruene, Texas
McAdoo's Seafood
The Gruene Door  
CASA Board
James & Kay Walker
 Mid Texas Symphony 
Toby Hooper  
Chris Owen
JoAnne Germer
Norma Blackwell 
Tractor Supply  
Coopers BBQ
Joe & Debbie Engbrock
Pape's Pecans  
D&D Farm and Ranch
Judy Cope
Sandra Koonce 
Wells Fargo 
Dr. Wade Wilson
Karen Sleighter
Golf Club of Seguin
Kathy Dial
Sister Suzie's  


Comal Cops for Kids


Kick off Thanksgiving Day with a Gruene Tradition:

2013 Gruene 5K Run/Walk and 1/4 Mile Kids Turkey Chase


Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013 
Sign-up & registration from 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. in front of the Gristmill.  Races begin in front of Gruene Hall

5K Run/Walk begins at 8:30am 
1/4 Mile Kids Turkey Chase begins at 10:00am    


The Comal Cops for Kids Foundation is a non-profit organization designed to raise funds for the benefit of other charitable organizations that support law enforcement efforts to better serve the children of Comal County, Texas.
For more information, visit their website.

Social Media

Follow CASA of Central Texas online to get information
and updates throughout the month!

We have been on social media for a few years, but this year we are increasing our online efforts and we need your help.

Click the icons to follow us and help spread the word about CASA!

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View our profile on LinkedIn          View our videos on YouTube

Community Support
Promote CASA at Your Business

Thank you to the following organizations and businesses for displaying CASA brochures in their buildings:

Broadway Bank 
Canyon Lake Animal Clinic 
Victor's Personal Training Center 

CASA of Central Texas is looking for more volunteers and you can help.

If you can display our CASA banner or brochures in your place of business to help recruit more volunteers, please contact Volunteer and Development Assistant Jerret Swierc at (830) 626-2272 or by email.

Upcoming Events


4th-       Voices Tour, noon             
              New Braunfels CASA office 

              San Marcos CASA office         

14th-     Annual Advocate Appreciation Mixer
              Landmark, New Braunfels


8th-      Voices Tour, noon
             New Braunfels CASA office
9th-      Voices Tour, noon
             Schertz GVEC Community Room

10th-    Voices Tour, noon
             Seguin GVEC Community Room

15th-    Voices Tour, noon
             San Marcos CASA office

15th-    Training Begins, 1 pm - 5 pm
             New Braunfels CASA office

18th-    Training Begins, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
             San Marcos CASA office

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