WELCOME Brenda and Gina!!

CASA is pleased to welcome our new Administrative Assistant… BRENDA NAVARRO!! We are looking forward to working with you Ms. Brenda!! See you on Monday!!!
We are also happy to announce are newest Board Member… GINA SMITH!! We are so glad to have you back on our Board.
Thank you both for being such amazing friends to CASA!!

Brenda Navarro                   Gina Smith
BRENDA NAVARRO                                                 GINA SMITH




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Back to School Bash in Freer

The 2nd Annual Back to School Bash will be on Aug. 2nd in Freer, Texas. Last year Brush Country CASA, with the help of the community, provided about 100 children with free school supplies. This year we are hoping to double it!! On July 30th CASA staff, volunteers, and board members came together for a “Bag Stuffing Palooza”. We were able to stuff all 200 bags within about 15 minutes!! Thank you so much to everyone who participated.

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On July 7th the Brush Country CASA Board of Directors held the drawing for our 2014 CASA Raffle. We are pleased to announce this year’s WINNERS!

Frank Dohoney – $500 Cash
Sandy Cantu – $215 Saddle Shop Gift Basket
April Perales – $200 Car Detail and Oil Change
Steve Sanders -  $20 Wooden Garden Table
Carmen Ponce – $127 Corral Bamboo Necklace
Israel Gonzales – $100 Cash
EG Martinez – $100 Gift Card, Astromatic Car Wash
Virginia Bedgood – $100 Gift Card, Wal-Mart
Ashley Bradford – $100 Gift Card Bundle, Olive Garden, IHOP, Red Lobster, Outback
London Cardoza – $100 Gift Certificate, Edwards Furniture
Eddie Caldon – $100 Gift Card, Simpli Bella Vita Boutique
Janine Bertea -  $100 Bath/ Body Basket, Simpli Bella Vita Boutique
Anna Morris -  $75 Hair Bow Flower Pot
R. Bergoon – $72 Decorative Cross
Don James -  $69 Gazebo Canopy
Alyssa – $50 Necklace/Earing Set
Tony Martinez – $50 Burlap Wreath
Howard Yates -  $50 Gift Card, Young’s Pizza
Paul Treptow -  $50  Gift Card, Harrell’s Drug Store
Marsha Miller – $50 Horseshoe’s Western Ware
Sheryl $36 – Shooter’s Bag
Martin Martinez – $35 Manicure/Pedicure, Southern Style
Richard Gonzalez – $25 Tiered Serving Dish
Betty Ash – $25 Gift Card, King Street Grill
Carl – $20 Gift Card, New York Joe’s
Amanda Chapa – $20 Gift Card, RBV’s Downtown Freeze

 Special Thank you to our incredible SPONSORS for donating such
amazing items for our raffle!

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Fourth of July Freedom Festival – Freer, Texas

Brush Country CASA is so thankful to have been a part of such a wonderful event. The Fourth of July Freedom Festival in Freer, Texas was a fun-filled night of live music including Michael Salgado, Solido and La Conquista, delicious food, and beautiful fireworks. Special thank you to the City of Freer for inviting CASA to be the beneficiary of the Meet and Greet Raffle Ticket sale.

Union Pacific Donates to Brush Country CASA

Kingsville, TX—Mr. Ivan Jaime, Director Border Policy and Community Affairs of Union Pacific Railroad is pictured presenting a generous $5,000 check to Seana Towler, Executive Director of Brush Country CASA and Josephine Smith, Brush Country CASA Board of Directors. Mr. Jaime and Union Pacific believe in contributing to the communities along the Union Pacific railway. The Union Pacific Foundation supports the efforts of Brush Country CASA who helps this community by advocating for its most vulnerable citizens – the abused and neglected children who are removed from their homes. The donation will help recruit, train and support volunteers who will speak up in court for these children. The services CASA provides is not duplicated by any other social service program. It takes someone special to be a volunteer who will make a difference in the lives of these children. These volunteers are the “eyes and ears” of the Judge and speak up for child victims in court. Will you step up to the challenge of making a difference in the life of an abused and neglected child? Please contact our offices at either 361.595.7233 or for more information go to our website at: www.brushcountrycasa.org.
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KIII First Edition 6/27/2014


In an effort to promote the Fourth of July Freedom Festival in Freer, Brush Country CASA along with Ana Casares from the City of Freer made an appearance on the KIII Morning Edition. Jane Monreal interviewed us on both the importance of a CASA volunteer in the life of a foster child and the happenings in Freer on the Fourth of July. Thank you Jane!!!


Ana Nicole and Jane

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18th Annual Family Fun Day in Alice, Texas

We had a BLAST at the 18th Annual Family Fun Day in Alice which was held on June 28th at the Jim Wells County Courthouse. The sidewalk was lined with vendors from the community handing out valuable information about the services they provide as well as lots of fun, games, and prizes for the children. Brush Country CASA was ecstatic to join in on the fun!

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3rd Annual Family Day at the Park

Brush Country CASA attended the 3rd Annual Family Day at the Park on June 28th in Kingsville. This event offered a ton of free food, cotton candy, popcorn, and snow cones. They also had face painting, bean bag toss, cake walk, dunking booth, and a ton of music and Fellowship for the whole family.
Thank you to the hosts for welcoming CASA with open arms:
Jesus is the Rock Church
Ricardo Baptist Church
Breath Life Church
Primera Iglesia Bautista Church
Central Baptist Church
Las Palmas Church
Faith Point Church
Bethel Church
Firm Foundation Church
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Kings Ladies Summer Kiddie Camp

The Kings Ladies Kiddie Camp wrapped up with an amazing performance for friends and family. CASA was fortunate enough to be able to attend. From the mini division to the older kids, the dance moves were sure to impress. Great job Kings Ladies. Can’t wait to see what you bring to the field this football season.



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Domingo Live 6/22/2014

Brush Country CASA's Nicole Johnson, Mayor Andrea Bierstedt, and Cynthia Lackey from the City of Freer were guests on the Domingo Live show on June 22. They were there to promote the Freer 4th of July Freedom Festival which will benefit Brush Country CASA. We were surprised to find out that the guest host was Michael Salgado, who will be performing at the Freedom Festival at the Freer/Duval Airport on July 4th. Special thanks to everyone at Channel 3 for supporting CASA in all of our endeavors.
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Brush Country CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

Brush Country CASA is excited to announce that three new volunteers were sworn in on June 18th, by Judge Guadalupe O. Mendoza. Mark Weiler, Lorena Wallace and Carmen Tankersely are excited to be the newest addition to CASA’s team of wonderful volunteers. Brush Country CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) speaks up for abused and neglected children in Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, and Kleberg counties. If you are interested in learning more about the CASA program please call Nicole Johnson at 361-595-7233. Together we will make a difference, one child at a time!

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Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

CASA Volunteers are the one constant in the life of a foster child. They stand up without compromise for what is in the child’s best interest, and for that we are truly grateful. Brush Country CASA held a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in honor of our volunteers. This year the dinner was held at King Street Grill in Alice, Texas. As a thank you, CASA awarded each volunteer with a brand new CASA shirt!


If you were unable to attend the dinner you may pick up your shirt at the CASA Office. :)

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2nd Annual Tournament of Champions

The 2nd Annual Tournament of Champions was a BLAST!!The event raised close to $2500 for Brush Country CASA!!!!We couldn’t have done it without our AWESOME staff, The Brush Country CASA Board of Directors, Mark Cortez and the WONDERFUL folks at CELANESE-BISHOP FACILITY!!



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First Responder Appreciation BBQ

Brush Country CASA teamed up with several organizations including The Boy Scouts to host an Appreciation BBQ for the First Responders in our community. It turned out to be a big success. We truly appreciate our First Responders and we were so blessed to be able to “Serve those who Protect.” Special thank you to Ruby Saldana and all of our sponsors. Without you this would not have been possible.


 Boy Scouts Troop 271
Brush Country CASA
Sam Kane
First United Methodist Church-Kingsville
Texas Perforators
Vela Dental Centers
Blake Fulenwider Dodge, Jeep, and Chrysler
Farmers Insurance
Christ United Methodist Church
Young’s Pizza
Squirrely’s Liquor
T-Shirt Plus
Coldwell Banker
Alfred Isassi
State Farm
El Corral Restaurant
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The Women’s Club of Kingsville Gives to CASA

Brush Country CASA is truly appreciative of the Women’s Club of Kingsville for their continued support.
They truly were the driving force to help get our program started and they have always been willing to contribute
to CASA in any and every way since. Your $500 donation was the icing on the cake. Thank you so much!


Thank you womens club