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!

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!

WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS!!!!

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

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!!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE INVOLVED!!!

 

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.

THANK YOU
TO OUR WONDERFUL SPONOSRS!!

 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
McCoys
Marrlot’s
Christ United Methodist Church
Young’s Pizza
Squirrely’s Liquor
HEB
T-Shirt Plus
Coldwell Banker
Alfred Isassi
State Farm
PetSense
Chili’s
Lowe’s
El Corral Restaurant
 
 
 

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

ConocoPhillips Donates to Brush Country CASA

What an honor and a privilege to participate in the ConocoPhillips and Laredo United Way check presentation on May 7th. It was a blessing to be among the many organizations that serve their communities in so many ways. Thank you to the generosity of ConocoPhillips and Laredo United Way and Diana Garza for their belief and support of CASA.

 

Conoco Phillips

Steele’s Donates to Brush Country CASA

Steele’s Department store is committed to helping the communities they serve which is why they participate in the Community Counts 30 Days of Giving Campaign. Shoppers were asked to donate with 100% of those donations going straight to a local organization selected by the store’s team members. This year Brush Country CASA was chosen as the beneficiary and received a check for over $600! We also
received a donation of items from the store. CASA would like to give a special THANK YOU to the kind-hearted folks in our community along with the Steele’s team. We appreciate your continued support.

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Cinco De Mayo Celebration

Brush Country CASA joined in on the Cinco De Mayo Celebration hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Kingsville on May 3rd.
This event was so much fun. They had free food, music, Ballet Folklorico, and $1 snow cones. We were so happy to be invited
to participate. We can not wait until next year!

 

Spring Fling in Alice, Texas

The Women of Faith held their annual Spring Fling on May 3rd at the Alice First United Methodist Church.
Vendors from all over gathered to provide women with some much needed Mother’s Day shopping. Brush Country
CASA was there handing out information about our program. DID I MENTION THE TASTY TREATS?? YUM!

 

 

Anti-Bullying Prevention Kick-Off in Alice, Texas

Brush Country CASA was invited to participate in Alice Independent School District’s Anti-Bullying Prevention Kick-Off which was held at Memorial Stadium on May 1st. The motivational guest speaker was former world-famous Globetrotter, Curley “Boo” Johnson. Curley gave a wonder anti-bullying message!! Thanks for the invite Alice ISD!

2014 Candlelight Vigil in Alice, Texas

Brush Country CASA held their Annual Candlelight Vigil on April 22nd in Alice.
The Vigil remembers and honors children lost to abuse and neglect.   Many locals joined
us as we heard from City Officials who gave outstanding speeches about the importance of
recognizing and reporting Child Abuse. Each attendee was given a blue glow stick which
we broke to symbolize “breaking the cycle of abuse” in Jim Wells County. Thank you to
everyone who joined us.

 

Brush Country CASA Open House

Brush Country CASA held their Grand Re-Opening on April 23rd. Guests were invited
to take a look at our new and improved office. The CASA Board of Directors hosted this
event, along with the Chamber of Commerce and Discount Liquor who provided the wine sampling.
The Board provided delicious food and drinks for our guests. We were delighted with the success
of the event. Thank you so much for supporting CASA!

 

 

 

Casa for CASA Playhouse WINNER

Thank you to everyone who participated
in the Casa for CASA Playhouse
raffle this year!!
WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO

THE PEREZ FAMILY!!!

ENJOY YOUR NEW PLAYHOUSE!!!

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The Perez children and members of the Omega Delta Phi Fraternity – TAMUK Chapter.

Contributions to CASA – TAMUK

Brush Country CASA received donations from several classes at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Students enrolled in the campus’ UNIV Course were asked to participate in a service learning project this semester. In an effort to help them choose what type of project they would like to participate in, their instructors asked Brush Country CASA to present to the students about what children experience when they are removed from the home and placed in foster care. CASA also shared the importance of having a CASA Volunteer advocating for the best interest of the child.  As a result of the presentation, the students elected to gather toiletry items to donate to CASA.  CASA was thrilled by the amount of items donated. Students also donated coloring books, crayons, markers, and toys. Brush Country CASA is so grateful for the support of the UNIV classes at TAMUK. We look forward to teaming up with Ms. Braden, Ms. Gonzalez and the awesome students from TAMUK in the future.

2014 Candlelight Vigil in Kingsville Texas

Brush Country CASA held their Annual Candlelight Vigil on April 8th in Kingsville.
The Vigil remembers and honors children lost to abuse and neglect.   Many locals joined
us as we heard from City Officials who gave outstanding speeches about the importance of
recognizing and reporting Child Abuse. Each attendee was given a blue glow stick which
we broke to symbolize “breaking the cycle of abuse” in Kleberg County.

 

 

Candlelight Vigil Atendees

 

Coastal Bend Fellowship Spring Carnival

Coastal Bend Fellowship Spring Carnival was held on Saturday April 12th
from 4-7. Brush Country CASA participated by providing a game and prizes
for the children. Coastal Bend Fellowship holds many events to promote
family unity. So many families joined the fun and the best part was that
everything was absolutely free. Thank you so much for the invitation to participate
in your Spring Carnival, Coastal Bend Fellowship!!

 

 

 

Childrens Spring Festival – Kingsville, Texas

Brush Country CASA was so happy to team up with CPS and the Kleberg County Child Welfare
Board on the 9th Annual Children’s Spring Festival in Kingsville on April 12th.
Our event attracted more people this year with about 250 attendees and 30 vendors.
Each vendor brought a game and prizes for the children. There was a zumba demonstration,
hula hoop contest and a dance contest for the children.  Big House Burgers also
stopped by to hand out corndogs and fries to the patrons. Thank you to all of our
sponsors for helping to make this event a success!