CASA Event Raises More than $790,000 for Abused, Neglected Children
CONROE, TX – CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County held their 27th annual spring fundraising event on Saturday, March 5, 2022. More than 500 guests gathered at Margaritaville Lake Resort on Lake Conroe for an evening gala in paradise. Presented by Huntsman Corporation, the annual event benefits children in foster care served by CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County.
The theme for the gala was “Escape to Paradise: A Night in the Tropics.” CASA President & CEO, Ann Marie Ronsman, explained the theme chosen for the annual fundraiser helps generate a celebratory atmosphere while drawing attention to a very serious cause. “Our spring fundraiser has always been a party with a real, meaningful purpose,” Ronsman explains, “The funds raised tonight are critical to continuing to provide Advocates for every single child in foster care in our county.”
The highlight of the evening was the featured family and Advocate presentation, which highlighted CASA Advocate, Mike Quinn, and the little girl, Perla, for whom he advocated during her time in foster care.
The event showcased a variety of crowd-pleasing games including a Golden Ticket game and a raffle for a diamond pendant courtesy of Thomas Markle Jewelers. Back by popular demand, Patrick Tully served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies and auctioneer with support from CASA Board Chair, Clay McCollor, Board President Emeritus, James Pung, and Ronsman. This year’s event also included an after-party featuring a fireworks show over the lake and entertainment by the Lost Shaker of Salt band.
CASA Development Director, Lindsay Miller, and the committee worked for almost a year to pull together a tropical night to remember. Miller, who is also a volunteer CASA Advocate, says planning a reimagined kind of event at a new venue brought challenges, but the end result was well worth the effort.
“The time, energy, compassion, and dedication of CASA volunteers is just amazing. They step up to amplify the voices of children whose future is uncertain, and they are making a difference, one child at a time.” Miller explains, “Currently, about 6 children enter foster care in Montgomery every week. This single event will help CASA provide more than 400 abused and neglected children with Advocates this year.”
Proceeds raised at the gala benefit CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County. It costs approximately $1,500 to provide a volunteer Advocate for one abused or neglected child for one year. In 2021, 282 volunteers served 596 children in Montgomery County – 100% of children in care.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) speak up for the best interest of children who have been removed from their home and are under the Court’s jurisdiction. CASA’s goal is to continue to provide a court-appointed volunteer to serve as Guardian ad Litem for every child in the foster care system. For the past 30 years, CASA has been training volunteers, raising awareness in the community, and working to stop the cycle of child abuse in Montgomery County.
The event’s featured sponsors include Presenting Sponsor-Huntsman Corporation; Visionary Sponsors-The Watford Family Foundation: Michael and Carol Watford, EnerCorp, and FreshAir Concierge; Leader Sponsors-Rich & Annette Haut and Doug & Julie Rock; Printing Sponsor-Bayside Printing Company; Fireworks and After-Party Sponsor-Black Pearl Technology; Floral Sponsor-Piney Rose Flowers & Décor, and many more.
For more information about CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County or the 2022 Gala, visit the website at www.CASASpeaks4Kids.com or call (936) 441-5437.
CASA Child Advocates is Montgomery County’s only organization appointed by the court to advocate for abused and neglected children. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) speak up for the best interest of children who have been removed from their homes and are under the Court’s jurisdiction. CASA’s goal is to continue to provide a court-appointed volunteer to serve as Guardian ad Litem for every child in the foster care system. For the past 30 years, CASA has been training volunteers, raising awareness in the community, and working to stop the cycle of child abuse in Montgomery County. Learn more about CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County at www.CASASpeaks4Kids.com and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CASAChildAdvocatesofMontgomeryCounty.