Maryland CASA Association and Foster Youth Summit

Saturday, June, 18th - 9:00 am -3:15 pm

University of Maryland School of Social Work

Maryland CASA is excited to host its Second Annual Foster Youth Summit, entitled "Pathways to Independence," on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore City.  CLICK HERE to register! 

Parking | Vouchers will be provided by MD CASA  Fees | $25 for one adult + 1 youth, $10 for each additional youth

Youth must be accompanied by a CASA volunteer, foster parent, attorney and/or caseworker.**

CLICK HERE to learn more!

Join Team CASA

2016 Baltimore Running Festival

Team CASA is the official charity team of the Maryland CASA Association. Join Team CASA and help raise awareness and funds to provide more advocates for Maryland’s most vulnerable children. LEARN MORE....

Towne Park Supports CASA!

Stuff the Duffle

Towne Park Supports CASA

On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, CASA was the beneficiary of an amazing corporate leadership effort sponsored by Towne Park headquartered in Annapolis. This day was set aside for Towne Park to give back and support local abused and neglected children in Anne Arundel County's foster care system.  

In early March, CASA's Executive Director, Rebecca Tingle was contacted by fellow 2013 Leadership Anne Arundel classmate John Camden. John has been a CASA supporter since that time and served on CASA's golf tournament committee.  John shared with Rebecca that in his current role as Area Manager with Towne Park, their leadership team wanted to embark on a project that would support the local community. John immediately thought of CASA! John is aware of how important it is that abused and neglected children in the foster care system have a CASA volunteer appointed by the court to ensure that their best interests are represented so that they find a safe, stable and permanent home. 

 John came up with a project that the leadership team could be involved in, and more importantly, would provide the children that CASA serves with something tangible and useful. This project is now known as "Stuff the Duffle"! CASA provided John with a list of suggested items that the children need based on age range and gender. Towne Park employees took the list, went out shopping and not only purchased the duffle bags, but they also supplied a large variety of items ranging from art supplies to hygiene products to clothing. CASA staff and four CASA volunteers convened at Towne Park headquarters and had the opportunity to meet members of the leadership team and present the CASA story. What followed was an interactive question and answer session followed by the highlight of the day, "Stuffing the Duffle"! Everyone joined in! It was a tremendous display of community partnership as everyone came together for the benefit of the most vulnerable children in our community.

As a growing company, Towne Park is aware of how they can affect the world around them and  the communities they serve.  Their sense of social responsibility is reflected in their efforts to help the next generation achieve its potential through  the charitable  institutions they have established to give back. Their corporate philanthropy was eloquently summarized by Scott Buttz, Senior Vice President of Operations, "We’re always looking to expand our network and relationships with key community advocates, partnerships with character-enrichment organizations, and through volunteerism.  It’s great to be connected".

Towne Park and CASA: Stuff the Duffle

Top Row, Left to Right: John Camden (Area Manager, Towne Park), Karin Larson (CASA Volunteer), Steve Farrelly (Market Vice President, Towne Park), Len Collins (CASA Volunteer), Ryan Esposito (Account Manager, Towne Park), Christine Acton (CASA Volunteer Supervisor), Sarah Rosenbaum (Regional Trainer, Towne Park). Front Row, Left to Right: Mary Ellen Barnes (CASA Volunteer Supervisor), Rebecca Tingle (Executive Director), Caryn Weaver (CASA Volunteer), Tracey Lane (CASA Training Coordinator/CASA Volunteer Supervisor), Libby Barrett (CASA Volunteer Supervisor), and Pat Howe (CASA Volunteer).

Wells Fargo Foundation Grant Award

CASA Receives $2,500 Grant

CASA would like to thank Wells Fargo for providing CASA with a $2,500 Health and Human Services Grant through their Community Investment Charitable Giving Program. We are so appreciative of this ongoing and generous support of our mission dating  back to 2013. At Wells Fargo, they embrace their responsibility to be a leading corporate citizen and the opportunity to create more resilient, sustainable communities through their operations and actions. They look for diverse perspectives to inform their business strategy, strive to strengthen financial knowledge and opportunities for their customers and communities, and are proactive in caring for and improving the environment.  We thank you for being a model in community stewardship!

CASA Welcomes Our Newest Class of CASA Volunteers

Swearing-In Ceremony

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Class #42 just graduated 19 new members on March 15, 2016.  Honorable Laura S. Kiessling presided. Our next CASA training class is being sworn in on May 31st!  You have been thinking about becoming a CASA for a long time - the time is now!  VOLUNTEER NOW and replace a life of hurt with one of hope!  


Barrister's Ball

London Town & Gardens

Saturday, April 9, 2016: 7PM-10PM

The Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation invites you to join them for an evening of magic and merriment by the South River. This year's Barrister's Ball will celebrate the theme, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," while enjoying London Town's garden views and historic charm. The Barrister's Ball is the Foundation's biggest charity fundraiser of the year andCASA is the beneficiary! Registration includes: a buffet dinner and a beer and wine open bar. Garden party attire (coat and tie; cocktail dress) is suggested.  
$65 per person or $130 per couple through April 1
$75 per person or $150 per couple after April 1
Click Here to register!

A Brighter Future for Maryland's Children & Youth

10th Annual Maryland CASA Conference

Saturday, April 9, 2016

2016 Maryland CASA Conference

On Saturday, April 9th, the Maryland CASA Association held its 10th Annual Conference at the Judicial Education & Conference Center in Annapolis, MD. The theme of this year’s conference was A Brighter Future for Maryland’s Children & Youth. The keynote speaker was Mr. Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman, who was recently appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. A survivor of child abuse and human trafficking, Piraino-Guzman spent several years in foster care and, with the help of his CASA volunteer, persevered. 

Click on the image to learn more!

CASA Welcomes Training Class #41

Back row: Kathy Stephenson, Suzanne Olds, Augusta Viccellio, Leonard Collins, Jennifer Perry, Nicole Harlock, Sarah Morse, Bridget Brennan

Front row: Susan Bohlman, Judge Laura Kiessling, Marlene Bain

Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. swore in its 41st class of CASA volunteers onOctober 20th by Judge Laura Kiessling at the Anne Arundel County Circuit Courthouse. The county now has ten additional volunteers to advocate for the needs of the over 200 abused and neglected children in the county.   Our next training class will begin Thursday, January 21, 2016.  Click here to apply online and become a CASA Volunteer!  LEARN MORE...




“Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. is a wonderful organization in our community helping children who have been abused or neglected while also speaking up for their best interest in court, at school and in our community. It was a pleasure to be able to present Rebecca Tingle, Executive Director with Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. with a donation that will go towards assisting them in the great work they are doing in our community.” – Lee Holt, General Manager with Sheehy Infiniti of Annapolis

Sip-Shop-Support CASA - Holiday Extravaganza

Thursday, December 10th

6 PM - 9 PM

Click on the image to go to the Facebook event page to RSVP!

Back by popular demand!  Sip Shop Support CASA for the holidays at Gallery 3976!  There is no charge to attend!

RSVP with the number of guests to Rebecca Tingle:

  1. Email
  2. Phone:  410-267-7877 x.6

Holiday Giving Tree for CASA

WRABYN Boutique

Now Through December 19th

Help to make the holidays a bit brighter for children who need it the most. Bring gifts for boys and girls through age 21 to WRABYN Boutique in West Annapolis and receive 10% off your WRABYN purchase. 


12 Annapolis Street

Annapolis, MD 21401


Click here to email Wrabyn

CASA Welcomes Training Class #40

Left to right (top row): David Williamson & Mike Canary
Left to Right (bottom row): Jean Williamson, Midge Coppersmith, Caryn Weaver, Nicole Dunkle, Amanda Beale & Robert Murray
Seated: The Honorable Laura Kiessling
Not shown: Brad Senn & Grant Harmon

Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. swore in its 40th class of CASA volunteers on June 4th by Judge Laura Kiessling at the Anne Arundel County Circuit Courthouse. The county now has ten additional volunteers to advocate for the needs of the over 200 abused and neglected children of the county.   Our next training class will begin on Wednesday, September 2, 2015.  Click here to apply online and become a CASA Volunteer!  LEARN MORE...

FY16 Grant Funding

Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. is pleased to announce that they again received funding from the Anne Arundel County Executive Community Support Grant in the amount of $10,000.

Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. Receives United Way Grant Funding

Photo courtesy of the Capital Gazette

Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. is pleased to announce $25,000 in grant funding from the United Way of Central Maryland for FY16!  In all, the United Way is providing $500,000 in grants going to county-based nonprofits.  Click here to read the full article courtesy of the Capital Gazette.

Christmas in July

Thursday, July 16th 5-8pm

Maryland Ave & State Circle

We are so excited to announce that we are the beneficiary of the Christmas in July being hosted by the Maryland Avenue and State Circle Association

Third Thursday Night---yes it is THIS week.

The theme is Christmas in July! This event is being used as a kickoff to the week-long Christmas in July event that Galway Bay is hosting. Here are some more specific details:
Third Thursday
July 16 (until 8 pm) shops stay open late
Christmas in July 
Stores will decorate their windows for Christmas in July
Pictures with Santa (6-8pm)
- attendees will be encouraged to share the photos via social media with the hashtags: ‪#‎shopMarylandAvenue‬ ‪#‎shopStateCircle‬


Great Give 2015

May 5-6, 2015 6pm-6pm


Anne Arundel County is buzzing with news of the GREAT GIVE, a unique fundraiser organized by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) for local nonprofit organizations, and Anne Arundel County CASA Inc. is excited to be a GREAT GIVE participant once again!  CLICK HERE to learn more!

Did You Know?...... 
It costs $3000 to advocate for one abused child in foster care - we are here to give every child a fighting chance to be a child. The GREAT GIVE could make a BIG difference in their life - One Child at a Time, One Life at a Time, One Future at a Time!

CLICK HERE to donate on May 5th - 6th from 6pm - 6pm!


Barristers' Beach Bash

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 7pm

Chartwell Country Club, Severna Park

Take your tropical shirts and sundresses out of the closet and get ready to celebrate the return of fun in the sun!

The Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation invites you to join their largest charity fundraiser of the year. The Barristers' Beach Bash will feature the ever-popular Silent Auction benefiting CASA!

Relive favorite summer memories and relax to music from Jimmy Buffett, the Beach Boys and other stars of summer. Your registration includes a delicious buffet dinner and a wine and beer open bar.

Cost:  $65 per person;  $75 per person after May 8

Please RSVP by May 8, 2015

CLICK HERE to download the registration form.



Pippi Pictures for CASA!

Now through May 10th

Pippi Pictures is giving back to CASA in celebration of Mother's Day!

Pippi Pictures will be donating half of all session fees for shoots between now and May 10th!  This is a great opportunity to not only get your family photos done in the lovely spring weather, but also to make a positive difference in the life of a child in need of love, support and care. If you would like more information on sessions and locations, click here to contact Lisa Shires with Pippi Pictures.


Poetry Reading and Art Display

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 4pm-6pm

49 West Coffeehouse, Annapolis

"Girl in Tan Jacket" by Minnie Warburton
Acrylic on wood 5" x 5"

What Happened on the Denton Road, by Minnie Warburton, is the story of girls gone missing.  It is a story told in eleven poems.  On Sunday, May 17th, at 49 West Coffeehouse in Annapolis, Minnie Warburton will debut the piece.

While Warburton was creating the poetry, she also painted 20 paintings of young girls and young girls in their teens.  The artwork will be on display during the reading.  75% of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork will go to Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. and to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

As always, there will be an Open Read.  Poets participating are requested to limit their reading to three poems or five minutes, whichever is less.

There is no charge to attend and the event is open to the public.

Questions?  CLICK HERE!

Click Here To Learn More!

Boat Show Bash

Eastport Yacht Club

Saturday, October 11th: 6pm-11pm

For the third year in a row, CASA is a beneficiary of the proceeds from the Boat Show Bash at the Eastport Yacht Club! Please join us on Saturday, October 11th from 6 - 11 PM at the club, 317 First Street in Annapolis. This event combines all the best aspects of an outstanding boaters party ... live music, good food, liquid refreshment, sailing "superstars", a Raffle Extraordinare! and a unique Auction of very special items for the boater and adventurer. The party will be outdoors and under tents throughout our grounds. Food and beverage will be available in multiple locations so let your mood move you through the Bash. Click here to purchase tickets online! Advance purchase: $15 each. At the gate, tickets will be $20.

Thank You - Handbags for Happiness

July 27, 2014 6PM-10PM

Nikki Yapi, CASA's Administrative and Volunteer Coordinator with Jamellia Arrington-Smith, CASA Volunteer and Founder of Red Magnolia

CASA is thrilled that they were the beneficiary of the proceeds from the 1st Annual Handbags for Happiness - Designer Bag Bingo Fundraising Party! The event was held on Sunday, July 27th at 6:00PM at Kahler Hall.

The Lucky Bird 3rd Annual Art Gallery

Sunday, June 29th


CASA was once again the beneficiary of the proceeds from Lucky Bird Tattoo's 3rd Annual Art Show that was held on Sunday, June 29th from 1-6pm at Lucky Bird Tattoo located at 2521 Riva Road, Annapolis. The event was open to the public and featured art, live music, food, and raffles. Click here to download the event flyer.

CASA's Little Angel - Isabel

CASA received a wonderful surprise this week from a nine year old young lady. Instead of expecting gifts for her birthday, Isabel wanted to help those less fortunate. She asked her friends to make a small contribution to CASA instead. Isabel and her family were overwhelmed with the positive response! Isabel's friends and their parents were excited to participate. Isabel, through her selflessness and caring generosity, raised $495 for CASA! Because of your act of kindness, we salute you as CASA's Little Angel!

The Chop House of Annapolis - Proceeds Donated To CASA

5th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, May 28th - 5PM

The Chop House of Annapolis is celebrating its fifth anniversary in Annapolis and they are graciously donating a portion of their proceeds to CASA!

Here are the details:

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014
  • 5:00PM
  • The Chop House located in the Annapolis Towne Centre (1915 Towne Centre Blvd., Suite 250, Annapolis)
  • $89.95 per person - includes tax and gratuity

Click here to view the 5 Course Menu.

Reserve your spot today by calling: 888-456-3463

Prom Through the Ages

2014 Barrister's Ball

Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 7-11pm

Click the image for more information.

The Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation is proud to present the 2014 Barrister's Ball:

Prom Through the Ages

Dress in your favorite formal prom wear from any decade:
1950's to today!

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Michael's Eighth Avenue

Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Anne Arundel County CASA!

Click Here to download the invitation.

Give to CASA During the Great Give 2014

6pm on May 7 to 6pm on May 8, 2014

Support CASA by participating in the Great Give 2014 - A 24 hour countywide online giving event brought to you by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County.

Wells Fargo Awards Grant to CASA

CASA is pleased to announce that it has received grant funding for the third consecutive year from Wells Fargo totaling $9,500 in contributions since 2012!

Wells Fargo is proud to support organizations working to strengthen our communities. Through the efforts of their enthusiastic team member-volunteers and their contributions, Wells Fargo shares their success within our communities by giving back to non-profits and educational institutions that address vital community needs and issues.

CASA Night at Garbanzo - A Success

Tuesday, February 25th

Click here to view all the photos from the event!

CASA would like to thank the staff at Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill in Annapolis for selecting us as their charity for the pre-grand opening party! We were excited to see many of our CASA friends coming out to support us, as well as meet new friends. Everyone enjoyed their fill of fresh, healthy authentic Mediterranean food and 100% of the proceeds went to CASA!

Anne Arundel Women Giving Together Celebrate Grantees

Rebecca Tingle and AAWGT Post-Grants Evaluation Committee Chair Lynn Buehl

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

Left to right: Jennifer McIntosh, Laura Wilson, Cristy Wilson, Bobbi Pedrick, Annette Hargis, Angel Little & Lisa Holloway
In front: Sherry Farrell & Lee Lougee
Standing in back: Honorable Nancy Davis Loomis

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!

Got Gold?

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!

Thank You

Ruby Tuesday

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

Click on the above image to see the entire photo album from the event.

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

Left to Right: Donald Phillips, Denise Albright, Cyndy Branan, Julie Rizzo, Mary LeDoux, Wesley Westcott, Jennifer Westcott, Lindsey Kellner, Jesse Kellner and Anna Harding
Absent: Rachel Hernandez
Seated: Honorable Philip T. Caroom

CASA Class #34

March 12, 2013

Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County

Left to Right: Nancy Prue, Donale Bernarding, Pamala Keller, Nikki Yapi, Kelley Tanner, Rebecca Bishara, and Liesel J Schopler.
Absent: Kimi Washington
Seated: Honorable Philip T. Caroom

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!

Click on the picture above to be linked to Financial Futures Now's Facebook page to see more photos from the event

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!


CASA was awarded $6,000!!!

“The employees of Safeway are proud to be able to support local organizations like this that touch the lives of our customers,” said Gregory Ten Eyck, chairman of Safeway Foundation for the Eastern Division.

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!

Click on the image to view the photo gallery.

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

November 7th

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

Click on the image to proceed to the Boat Show Bash page on the EYC website for 2013 information.

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

Click on the image above to read the entire article.

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.

(To read the entire article, click on the image above)

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

Click on the image above to go to the 2hands studios website.

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

Click on the image to read the complete article.

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.

Robert Duckworth and Rebecca Tingle

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

Top row from left: Laurie Warnke, Pascal Center; Molly Knipe, YWCA; Laurie Sharp, AAWGT VP; Mario Berninzoni, Arundel House of Hope; Bronwyn Belling,AAWGT President; Brianne Adams, Arundel House of Hope; Cathy Holstrom, Food Link

Bottom row from left: Susan Swayze, Assistant Chair, AAWGT Grants Commmittee; Lynda Salamon, Chair, AAWGT Grants Committee; Rebecca Tingle, CASA; Paula Gordon, Food Link; Shauna Rykiel, Pascal Center; Karen Biagiotti, Arundel House of Hope. (Not pictured: Kate Rollason and Kristen Lasker, The Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region.)

Rotary Club of Annapolis Supports CASA

$3,000 Grant

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

$3,000 Grant

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

Rebecca Tingle, Jason Caton (Board Member), Kelly Reynolds (Administrative Coordinator), Tara Dulaney (Board Member) and Beth Parsons (Case Supervisor).

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

Chelsea Leaf - Human Resources Assistant at KeyImpact, Rebecca Tingle - Executive Director of AACCASA, and Jennifer Dorian - Director at KeyImpact

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

Christopher D. Buck, Rebecca Tingle and Robert G. Wallace

“An Evening in CASAblanca” A Great Success

2011 Photo Gallery

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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)

Christopher D. Buck, Drew Morin, Celeste Ciecierski and Rebecca Tingle

Community Leadership Award Honoree

Annapolis Rotary Club

Christopher D. Buck, Bill Regan and Rebecca Tingle

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"!

CASA Featured on Anne Arundel County's "Week in Review"

CASA and CASAblanca Event on Comcast News Makers

October 2008


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On April 4, 2013 at the Eastport Yacht Club, CASA had its 10th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event. It was a wonderful night of gratitude for our brilliant volunteers. Thank you again to everyone that came out and thank you again to all our volunteers; we wouldn't be successful without you! For more pictures from the event, visit our Facebook page!

Cocktails for CASA

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On Thursday April 18, 2013 at ACME Bar and Grill in Annapolis CASA held its Cocktails for CASA event. It was a wonderful evening filled with good food, good drinks, and good friends. Thank you to everyone who came out to support CASA! To see more pictures from the event visit our Facebook page!