Promise of Hope Luncheon
SAVE THE DATE FOR 2014!
Thursday, April 3rd
Ritz Charles Overland Park
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Networking Begins at 11:30 a.m.
For more information, visit the event website. To become a Table Captain for this great event, contact Di Topjon at 913.715.4034.
2013 Annual Promise of Hope a HUGE Success!
Michelle Privette and Columbus Heard Receive Standing Ovation
CASA held its largest ever Promise of Hope Luncheon on Thursday, April 4th. The 10th anniversary of the event, some 600 guests were in attendance; a considerable increase from previous years. Former CASA-served teen Michelle Privette and her CASA advocate Columbus Heard were the highlight of the afternoon. Together, the two shared a personal message with guests, allowing participants to understand Michelle's journey through the child welfare system. Removed from her father's care at 14 years old, Michelle spoke of how Columbus "changed her life" with his volunteer time. Not only did he advocate in court for Michelle and provide a connection to her father, he supported her choices and encouraged her to remain focused on her education. Today, Michelle is about to become a high school graduate, and has been accepted with scholarship to study at the University of Kansas. Michelle encouraged all in attendance to give and get involved to support CASA; an impactful message which brought guests to their feet. Christa Dubill of 41 Action News served as emcee for the Promise of Hope. Impressed by the message, Christa took time to recognize Rob and Renee Walters, the couple serving as Michelle's permanent guardians. Luncheon guests were fortunate to witness the relationship this family now shares.
CASA would like to thank our Table Captains, volunteers and donors. The 2013 Promise of Hope raised over $42,000 in event day gifts and pledges. These proceeds will benefit local child victims of abuse or neglect, and will aid their match to a CASA advocate.
You can be the Promise of Hope for children by contributing a gift to CASA. You may donate online or by mail. To learn how you can become a CASA advocate, click here.