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!

 

Community Health Fair-Falfurrias, Texas

On April 7th Brush Country CASA attended a Community Health Fair in
Falfurrias, Texas. Health professionals were available for free glucose checks and
blood pressure readings. Along with CASA, several agencies set up booths
and gave out valuable health and wellness information.
All of the parents and vendors had a blast watching the children jump rope and dance.


This event truly promoted a healthy lifestyle. Brush Country CASA was so glad to be
a part of it!

 

 

KIII Channel 3 News First Edition 4/07/2014

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It is always a treat to see behind the scenes at the KIII Studio!

Brush Country CASA made an appearance on 3 News First Edition with John-Thomas Kobos
and Jane Monreal on April 7, 2014. Thank you KIII for allowing us to speak about our communities’
need for CASA Volunteers.

Brush Country CASA on Domingo Live

Brush Country CASA joined CASA of the Coastal Bend as they promoted
their 2014 Super Hero 5K set for May 3rd. Not only did we spread the
word about this awesome fundraiser for CASA of the Coastal Bend, but
we were also able to talk about the need for volunteers in all our
service areas.

 

REGISTER TODAY!

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Childrens Spring Festival – Alice, Texas

Child Protective Services, The Jim Wells County Child Welfare Board and Brush Country CASA
held their First Annual Children’s Spring Festival in Alice, Texas on April 5, 2014. The event was
a big success attracting over 150 people. This year there were 15 vendors who contributed
fun entertainment for the whole family including a train, moonwalk, ring toss, prize wheel, cake walk and
much more.
Children and their families took turns taking pictures with Elmo and the Easter Bunny.
The biggest line could be found at the face paint station where Ms. Abbie from Abbies Facepaint created 
gorgeous works of art on the faces of smiling children. From batman to a rainbow tiger each design
was full of detail and equally as beautiful as the next. The children loved it!
For lunch we offered hot dogs, frito pies, cookies and water all at no cost to our patrons.
This event would not be possible if it wasn’t for our FANTASTIC Sponsors. Thank you so
very much for contributing to the success of the event. Brush Country CASA cannot wait
to team up and do it again next year!

 

Verbal Abuse – Words Hurt

Verbal abuse is a form of emotional abuse and, unlike physical abuse, it is not easily seen or detected. Verbal abuse ranges from yelling obscenities to quiet put-downs.

Parents use it to control their children, feel superior and mask their own inadequacies and failures. It tears down the child, and the effects on her emotional, social, cognitive and psychological development can be profound. The effects of verbal abuse are immediate as the child internalizes the pain.

These effects often extend into adulthood.