Promise of Hope Luncheon
10th Annual Promise of Hope a HUGE Success!
Michelle Privette and Columbus Heard Receive Standing Ovation
See an event photo gallery by Tracie Lansing Photography. We thank Tracie for her donated services!
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 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.