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2013 Top-Rated List
Anne Arundel Women Giving Together Celebrate Grantees
Nearly 100 members and friends of Anne Arundel Women Giving Together recently celebrated the accomplishments of the organization’s eight 2012 grantees during its fall open house at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.
During the event, the prior year’s grantees share with AAWGT members how the organization’s grant money was put into action, through highlights and stories about lives changed.
CASA Class #36
October 24, 2013
Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
Boat Show Bash
Eastport Yacht Club
Saturday, October 12th: 6pm-11pm
Thank you for coming out to support CASA at the Boat Show Bash at the Eastport Yacht Club on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Despite the rain, it was a tremendous event with fun had by all! Thank you to the Eastport Yacht Club for selecting CASA as a beneficiary again this year!
The Week of September 22nd
Smyth Jewelers Annapolis Towne Centre
Thank you Smyth Jewelers for selecting CASA as the charity during the week of September 22nd for the gold buy event! We are so very appreciative of your ongoing support!
Smyth Jewelers in Annapolis agreed to donate 15% of the total gold/silver they purchased from our supporters to CASA!
Thank you Luna Blu!
Sunday, August 25th - 5pm
Thank you to everyone who came out for to Luna Blu in Annapolis on Sunday, August 25th for an amazing five course meal with wine pairings in support of CASA!
CASA is very appreciative of ALL of the support Erin Dryden at Luna Blu has continued to provide to CASA!
July 19, 25 and 26
CASA would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Ruby Tuesday of Annapolis and Glen Burnie for selecting CASA as their charity for the third time as a recipient of their Community GiveBack Program. On July 19, 25 and 26, Ruby Tuesday donated 20% of their proceeds to CASA. Thank you all for dining at Ruby Tuesday in support of CASA!
CASA White Party
Private party at the home of Brian and Claire Buchner
CASA would like to thank Brian and Claire Buchner for their gracious hospitality in opening up their home on June 22nd for the 2nd Annual CASA White Party. Many thanks to Tara Dulaney and Tom Simmons for their role in putting on this amazing event. The four of them make a great team! Guests enjoyed scrumptious fare from Claire Owens Catering and listened to music by the Freddie Long Band.
Congratulations to Our Two Winners of the Costa Rica Trip
Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets to the Costa Rica Raffle!
We would like to congratulate our winners:
- Suzanne Cox
- Pamela Volm
Thank you Claire and Brian Buchner for donating your beautiful vacation home to benefit CASA!
Suzanne and Pamela - enjoy your trip!
CASA Class #35
June 18, 2013
Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
CASA Class #34
March 12, 2013
Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
Thank You For Supporting CASA In The Great Give
CASA would like to thank all of our supporters for coming together on May 15th for a 24 hour fundraiser. We were able to raise $6,110 in donations to support the ongoing efforts of providing a CASA to every child in foster care in our county.
Special thanks to the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County for having the vision and drive to make The Great Give an amazing success.
Childrens Business Fair Makes a Donation to CASA!
On April 27 at the Severna Park Community Center, Financial Futures Now held their first ever Children's Business Fair! This even challenged local youth to create their own business and product and they were showcased to buyers at the fair. The event was a huge success and a portion of the profit was donated to CASA. Thank you to all who participated and ran the event!
SAFEWAY FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANTS TO LOCAL CHARITIES
CASA was awarded $6,000!!!
The Safeway Foundation recently hosted an awards ceremony to distribute grants to local charities. The Foundation is funded through the generous contributions of Safeway employees throughout its Eastern Division, which operates 125 grocery stores in Northern Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, DC. The Foundation distributes more than $250,000 annually with special emphasis on organizations in the areas of hunger relief, education, health and human services and special needs.
Thank You for Supporting the Charity Bingo Event for CASA
Sunday, February 17th: 2-6PM
Columbian Center - 335 Ritchie Highway, 21146
Thank you ALL who came out to support the Charity Bingo Event in support of CASA!
Fun was had by all and prizes/raffles included: Coach Purses, Autographed Ravens Memorabilia, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Thirty One Gifts, Simply Said Designs, Gift Baskets and Gift Cards
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to:
- Carol Clem
- Amanda Holtman
- Kristie Barnes
They were the heart and soul behind this event and we are so grateful!
Dining for Dollars
Ruby Tuesday Annapolis
January 29, 30 & 31
Thank you all for showing your support by dining at Ruby Tuesday Annapolis on January 29, 30 & 31st? CASA received 20% of your check as a donation!
Thank You for Supporting CASA on Giving Tuesday
On behalf of all of us, thank you for supporting CASA on Giving Tuesday! We were excited to be a fundraising partner for #GivingTuesday, which was the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. We were all part of history by participating in this inaugural event that made giving more social, interactive and fun.
Whole Foods Annapolis Selects CASA for 5% Day
We would like to thank Whole Foods Annapolis for selecting CASA as the charity for their 5% Day! On Wednesday, November 7th, many of you went shopping knowing that CASA would be the fortunate recipient of 5% of the total sales for that day. We are thrilled to announce that CASA will be receiving a donation approximating $7,000!!! Thank you Whole Foods!!!
Thank You Eastport Yacht Club
Boat Show Bash
Thank you for joining us at the Eastport Yacht Club's Boat Show Bash benefitting CASA on Saturday, October 6th . This event combined all the best aspects of an outstanding boater's party ... live music, good food, liquid refreshment, sailing "superstars", a raffle and auction. Visit the Eastport Yacht Club to learn more about the event and EYC.
Thank You Ruby Tuesday of Annapolis
On September 17, 18 & 19, Ruby Tuesday of Annapolis gave back to CASA! We are excited to share that with everyone's support, we were able to raise close to $500. We salute Ruby Tuesday in their commitment to the community.
CASA Makes the Front Page of The Capital
32nd CASA Training Class of New Volunteers
Written by Heather Rawlyk, Staff Writer on March 23, 2012
Annapolis resident John Wynn was looking for a way to give back to the community. Along the way, he learned he’s a lot more like his mother than he knew.
The statistician for the U.S. Census Bureau is one of 13 county residents sworn in Thursday at the county courthouse as an Anne Arundel court-appointed special advocate, or CASA, for abused and neglected children — a role, unbeknownst to Wynn, his mother held as he grew up in Atlanta.
“I had no idea” Wynn said outside a fourth-floor courtroom. “She said it’s going to be challenging, but at the end of the day, a very worthwhile experience.”
Eight of the new volunteers attended Thursday’s swearing-in at county Circuit Court in front of Circuit Administrative Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis. Others were out of town or unable to attend.
The seven women and Wynn, the only man in Anne Arundel CASA’s 32nd class, filled the jury box, raising their right hand and saying “I will” at the end of the oath.
“The bench truly appreciates the job you do,” Davis-Loomis said. “It’s important and, in many cases, absolutely necessary in the decisions we make.”
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children. Their job is to make sure the children don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system.
Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home, said Rebecca Tingle, executive director for Anne Arundel CASA.
For many abused children, their CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.
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CASA's Executive Director Receives Award from Annapolis Rotary Club
Rebecca Tingle received a pleasant surprise at her Rotary meeting on January 5, 2012. Unbeknownst to her, she was being presented with an award. The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International presented Tingle with a Paul Harris Fellow. This award is in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.
2hands Indie Craft Market Supports CASA
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Holy Grounds Youth Center, Severna Park
On November 5, 2011, 2hands Indie Craft Market held its annual craft fair and we were so fortunate that they selected CASA as the beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds for this year's event!!!
Thank you 2hands for supporting CASA this year!
The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Supports CASA
Maryland Small Grants Program
$10,000 Grant ($5K: FY12 and FY13)
For the second time, CASA is proud to announce that it is the gracious recipient of a Maryland Small Grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. We are so very appreciative of the ongoing support that the Weinberg Foundation has provided to CASA over the years.
CASA of Annapolis Gala: Giving Children a Voice
Ask Miss A - Maryland Maven Highlights Upcoming Gala
Written by Rachel Rabold on October 5, 2011
Every day, hundreds of thousands of children across the United States wake up not knowing what the day will bring. Will they be coming back to their home after school, or will they have to move again? Will today be the day adoption papers finally go through? There is little sense of security and no sense of permanency. As of September 2010, there were 408,425 children in the U.S. foster care system, of which the average stay in a foster home is 21 months, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CASA’s mission is to be the voice of those children.
Foster children can spend years in the system rotating through social workers, lawyers, and other personnel involved in their cases. CASAs, or court-appointed special advocates, act as that sense of permanency in a foster child’s life. They are a consistent, caring presence in the life of a child who might not otherwise have that stability.
It is a major commitment to become a CASA, as it involves regularly visiting with the children, attending court hearings, meeting with teachers and caseworkers, preparing written reports for court hearings, and other as-needed tasks. The main role and responsibility is to be the voice of the child and advocate that they are given the best opportunities within their situation.
There are other ways to make a difference with CASA. Fundraising events take place to raise money so that the organization can support their staff, provide resources and reach out to as many children as possible. On Saturday, November 5th, they will be holding a gala to celebrate their 14th anniversary of providing service to abused and neglected children with An Evening in CASAblanca. The event will include dining, dancing, and live and silent auctions.
The Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County’s Casual for a Cause program set a record in the month of May by making the largest one month donation to a charity since its inception.
The Casual for a Cause program was started in 1995 by Mr. Robert Duckworth, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County. The program requires that an employee donate $5 per month to a selected charity, and for this donation, the employees are allowed to dress casual on Fridays for the entirety of the month. The Circuit Court reports an astounding 75% participation rate from eligible employees.
Since its creation, the program has raised over $50,000 for local charities, including The Caring Collection, Food Link, and the Maryland Athletic Association, just to name a few. During the month of May, the Circuit Court picked Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. as the monthly Casual for a Cause charity, and reported that it was the largest one month donation in the history of the program. The May donation of $500 brought the total lifetime donation to CASA to $1,485. This money goes directly to supporting abused and neglected children in Anne Arundel County who so desperately need it.
Anne Arundel Women Giving Together Support CASA
$15,000 Grant Award
Anne Arundel Women Giving Together has once again awarded CASA with a grant for FY12. CASA was a previous grant recipient in FY09.
Anne Arundel Women Giving Together, a women's giving circle, was founded in 2005, and supports initiatives that improve the quality of life for women and families in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Anne Arundel Women Giving Together accomplishes its mission through:
- Grantmaking programs that support women and families
- Engaging and educating women donors around issues affecting women and families in the community and about philanthropy, and
- Building the power of collective philanthropy in Anne Arundel County
AAWGT 2011 Grantees
Rotary Club of Annapolis Supports CASA
The Rotary Club of Annapolis funded CASA’s first computer in 1997, and has continued to make it possible for the program to expand each year to help more children by providing on-going support. With funds from the annual Crab Feast,The Rotary Club of Annapolis has generously sponsored a portion of CASA’s volunteer training program since 2004. The training of new volunteers is the cornerstone of ongoing programmatic improvement and development. In addition, CASA was graciously selected as the beneficiary of the proceeds from Black Tie and Diamonds in 2005. Furthermore, Pamela Volm, past CASA Board President, won the “Service Above Self” award in 2006 with $1,000 donated to CASA. While Annapolis Rotary’s funding has been vital to our programmatic success, the endorsement behind the funding has been a notable source of support, as well, to our hard-working Board of Directors, CASA volunteers and staff.
Chartered on February 11, 1921, the Annapolis Rotary Club is the largest and most active service club in Maryland's state capital and one of the most active in Rotary International District 7620. The chapter's membership of 160+ engages in a number of fundraising activities, but is most renowned for the World's Largest Crab Feast, held every year in late summer at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. Weekly meetings are convivial lunchtime gatherings, usually featuring an interesting speaker or presentation, held every Thursday at noon at the Annapolis Yacht Club. Visiting Rotarians and guests of Rotarians are very welcome.
Rotary Club of Parole Supports CASA
The Rotary Club of Parole provided its initial grant to CASA in 1999 which provided for office furniture for an additional staff member. Furthermore, AACCASA has been the recipient of grant funds since 2000. The Rotary Club of Parole continues to financially support AACCASA today, allowing us to train new CASA volunteers. Ongoing volunteer recruitment and training is essential in meeting our program goals. All grants enabled us to serve additional abused and neglected children.
The Rotary Club of Parole is comprised of approximately 80 members, who enthusiastically share and demonstrate the Rotary philosophy. They are a service club that significantly improves lives in our local community and around the world by meeting real needs. Their vision "We will make a positive difference for youth today, so they will make a difference tomorrow."
Rotary’s guiding principle is Service Above Self. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues---children at risk, health & hunger, water and literacy.
They support programs for youth; educational opportunities and international exchanges for students and professionals; and vocational and career development and much more.
Their Club's signature project is the Books for International Goodwill, Inc. which takes used books for shipment to needy schools and libraries, and since 1995, has saved books from the landfill and shipped over 4 million books to help spread literacy throughout the world.
Office Depot Foundation Supports CASA
June 16, 2011
Office Depot, celebrating 25 years as a leading global provider of office supplies and services, announced on June 13, 2011 that the Company will celebrate the grand opening of its new store in Annapolis on Thursday, June 16, at 2 p.m. The store is located at 2401 Solomons Island Road.
During the ceremony, the Office Depot Foundation donated new children’s sackpacks with essential school supplies and made check presentations to three local non-profit organizations: Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc., The Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region and The Center of Help.
Mayor Joshua J. Cohen was in attendance and offered welcoming remarks. Bob Burdon, president and CEO of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, Denise Nooe, representing US Senator Barbara Mikulski and Dr. Classie G. Hoyle, City of Annapolis Alderwoman for Ward Three, were also in attendance.
KeyImpact Sales & Systems, Inc. Presents CASA with $2,000 Donation
KeyImpact Sales and Systems, Inc. selected Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. as a beneficiary for their annual holiday donation and presented Rebecca Tingle with a check in the amount of $2,000.
KeyImpact Sales and Systems, Inc. is the leading foodservice sales agency with a proven track record of delivering results with speed to market for its business partners. Through a best-in-class selling and service approach and a growing nationwide presence, we combine our local operator, distributor, educational and regional chain account relationships to create efficiencies for the leading brand companies. An ESOP comprised of 600+ employee owners, KeyImpact provides a full range of products, including food, packaging and supplies.
Anne Arundel County CASA’s Executive Director Rebecca Tingle Recipient of Philanthropic Award
Rebecca Tingle, Executive Director of Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. is the first recipient of the Incredible Award from Next Gen, a fund of the Community Foundation for Anne Arundel County.
Next Gen is a new group of young philanthropists with the common goal of growing a sustainable giving circle focused on developing the next generation of philanthropists and making a difference in our community. Their 2010 Incredible Award recognizes and celebrates a young, emerging leader who is employed by a local nonprofit organization and who demonstrates leadership, creativity, an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to improving Anne Arundel County. Through these awards, Next Gen seeks to recognize “thinkers and risk takers” whose outstanding initiative has led them to look for new and creative ways to meet the needs of Anne Arundel County’s residents. They seek to publicize and celebrate present achievements, to encourage the work of the recipient and to motivate others to follow their lead in service in our community. Rebecca Tingle with CASA quickly stood out as a young professional who encompasses all of these qualities. Her unwavering commitment to improving the lives of the county’s most vulnerable children has, quite simply, made her a hero.
The CASA program is a private, nonprofit organization comprised of professionally trained volunteers from the community, who are appointed by the Juvenile Court to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers work to ensure that the child’s needs are addressed, and that each child reaches a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible. There are approximately 160 children in Anne Arundel County living in temporary foster homes and this year, 91 CASA volunteers spoke up for 104 foster children in Anne Arundel County. Without CASA’s involvement, these children face the possibility of languishing in the child welfare system. CASA makes it possible for many of these children to have a chance at a brighter future.
Mrs. Tingle states In life, we all have something that we are passionate about…my passion is children who have suffered from the overwhelming effects of abuse and neglect. With CASA’s small staff, Mrs. Tingle has to wear many hats—Executive Director, fundraiser, & event planner, just to name a few. But it is because of her tireless efforts and her long days that she is getting closer to her goal of being able to help every abused & neglected child in Anne Arundel County.
Caring Heart Award Honoree
Robert G. Wallace
“An Evening in CASAblanca” A Great Success
2011 Photo Gallery
CASA held its 5th annual fundraising gala on November 5, 2011 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. 160 people attended this event, which boasted magnificent Moroccan décor, Moroccan-themed food and drinks, featured exciting live and silent auctions, and entertainment by dancers from the Maryland Performing Arts Center. Music was provided by The Satin Rhythm Band. The Annapolis Rotary Club received the CASA Community Leadership Award, TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) was honored with the Corporate Commitment Award, and Robert G. Wallace was awarded the CASA Caring Heart Award. Overall, more than $55,000 was raised for CASA and the work they do for the most vulnerable in our community.
SAVE THE DATE: CASAblanca ~ November 10, 2012 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel.
Corporate Commitment Award Honoree
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS)
Community Leadership Award Honoree
Annapolis Rotary Club
CASA Fall 2011 MiniMasters
Thursday, October 20, 2011 7PM-10PM
Severna Park Golf
Thank you to all who came out to participate in CASA's inaugural MiniMasters Golf Tournament on Thursday, October 20th at Severna Park Golf. Despite having to change the date due to inclement weather...we had a great turnout and a lot of fun golfing "under the lights." The MiniMasters will be back in September 2012. Photos from the event will be posted on our website soon so please check back.
8th Annual Linda Gregory Volunteer Appreciation Event
Thursday, April 7, 2011 5:00-8:00PM
Yellowfin Steak & Fish House
The 8th Annual Linda Gregory Volunteer Appreciation Event was held on April 7, 2011 at the Yellowfin Steak & Fish House. This event is set aside to honor our CASA Volunteers, Board Members and Friends of CASA who devote countless hours, resources and passion in supporting the mission of CASA.
Acme Bar & Grill
April 28, 2011
On Thursday, April 28, 2011, board members Tara Dulaney and Tom Simmons, along with the help of CASA's Administrative Coordinator, Kelly Reynolds put on a fun-filled evening at Acme Bar & Grill to benefit CASA. The event raised approximately $700. Keep your eyes out for the next "Cocktails for CASA"!