Gala Raises Over $615,000 for Montgomery County Children in Foster Care
THE WOODLANDS, TX – It was an evening to remember for guests at the 25th annual CASA Speaks for Kids Gala at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and Convention Center on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Presented by Huntsman Corporation, about 600 guests filled the Grand Ballroom for this year’s event, which benefited CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County.
The theme for this year’s Gala was the “Black, White, & Silver Ball.” CASA Executive Director, Ann McAlpin, explained the theme chosen for the annual fundraiser helped generate a celebratory atmosphere while drawing attention to a very serious cause. “The Gala is truly a party with a purpose,” McAlpin said. “This year’s gala raised more than $615,000 which will help change the futures for more than 410 abused and neglected children in Montgomery County this year.”
The Black, White, & Silver Ball featured silent and live auctions for a variety of select items, including one-of-a-kind jewelry, exciting trips, and exclusive experiences.
The event also showcased a variety of crowd-pleasing games including a wine pull and liquor pull, a Tory Burch pull, and a raffle for an exquisite diamond pendant and earring set courtesy of Thomas Markle Jewelers. Auctioneer Patrick Tully returned for the fourth year by popular demand.
The 25th annual CASA Speaks for Kids Gala delivered an exciting change for the event’s after-party. Always a crowd-favorite and sponsored by Black Pearl Technology, this year’s gala after-party featured an 80s-inspired, neon glow concert by The Spazmatics.
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. 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, and to break the cycle of abuse. For the past 28 years, CASA has been training volunteers, raising awareness in the community, and working to stop the cycle of child abuse in Montgomery County.
“The efforts that our CASA volunteers put forth on a daily basis is just amazing,” McAlpin explains, “They step up and serve as the voice for children whose future is uncertain, and they are making a difference, one child at a time. This event helps ensure we can continue to recruit and train volunteers to speak up for the 6 children currently entering foster care in Montgomery County each week.”
Featured sponsors include Presenting Sponsor-Huntsman Corporation; Visionary Sponsor-The Watford Foundation: Michael and Carol Watford; Champion Sponsors-EnerCorp Sand Solutions and The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center; Leader Sponsors-Bayside Printing Company and TETRA Technologies, Inc.; and Insider Sponsors-Bank of America, Bill Day’s Photography, Black Pearl Technology, Deloitte, George & Kristi Lindahl, Thomas & Doris Seitz-McKinsey & Company, and Woodlands Pool Service, LLC.
For more information about CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County or the 2020 CASA Speaks for Kids Gala, visit the website at www.CASASpeaks4Kids.com/gala 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 parents and are under the Court’s jurisdiction. CASA’s goal is to provide a court-appointed volunteer to serve as Guardian ad Litem for every child in the foster care system, and to break the cycle of abuse, one child at a time. For the past 28 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.