Promise of Hope Luncheon
Promise of Hope Luncheon Honors 30 Years
Teen Speaker, Makaila Gay Shares Message of Hope
This year's Promise of Hope event celebrated the organization's 30th Anniversary and was attended by over 600 guests; one of the Luncheon's largest turnouts. Many founding members and those close to CASA throughout its history were recognized. This included former Lenexa Police Chief Ellen Hanson who addressed the audience on the importance of community. Joan Jacobson, Don Hymer, Pam Baggerly, and Maggie Bessenbacher were also recognized for their long-standing involvement and support of CASA. In total, the event raised nearly $54,000 in gifts and pledges, marking this achievement as a new milestone. Guests were moved to contribute after hearing a remarkable and inspiring message from 17 year-old Makaila Gay. This resilient and impressive young lady shared how she leaned on faith, as well as valued the commitment and friendship of her CASA advocate throughout her time in foster care. Makaila strongly encouraged guests to get involved with CASA and to never give up hope on a child in need! Cindy Laufer, Makaila's CASA advocate, shared through video her belief in Makaila and how she was finally able to see her truly happy within her adoptive home!
CASA would like to thank our table captains, volunteers and donor family whose participation made this event a success for CASA children. We also thank Christa Dubill of KSHB 41 Action News for serving as event emcee. CASA is so fortunate to have such wonderful people who are willing to get involved and help make a difference for children! Proceeds of the event will benefit local child victims of abuse or neglect and those who are in need of 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.