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Second Annual Show-Me Giving Gala

Our Second Annual Show-Me Giving Gala was held on Friday, April 25th at The Tiger Hotel in downtown Columbia.  Thank you to everyone who came out to support Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens.

We honored the following:

  • Julie Perman, Volunteer of the Year – CASA of Southwest Missouri
  • Glenda Volmert, Program Director of the Year – Franklin County CASA
  • Judge H. Mark Preyer, Judge of the Year – 35th Judicial Circuit
  • Missouri State Senator Bob Dixon

Volunteer of the Year

Julie Perman has been a volunteer with CASA of Southwest Missouri CASA for two years where she has taken on three separate cases.  Julie’s desire to ensure her CASA children are in the best possible place emotionally and physically has driven her to research resources for foster families and create a resource guide which has impacted many foster families in Greene County.

“She is an advocate in the truest sense of the word,” said Jim Slater, Volunteer Coordinator for CASA of Southwest Missouri.  “If Julie is on your side, then stand back, she’s going to advocate for you and she’s going to make sure you get what you need.”

Program Director of the Year

Glenda Volmert has served as the Executive Director of Franklin County CASA since it was started in 2006. She has expanded the program to serve 104 foster children with 53 volunteers who provided more than three thousand hours of service in 2013.

“What Glenda brings to the equation is the constant reminder of who you’re serving and why you’re serving them,” said John Viviano, Franklin County CASA Volunteer.  “She really helps to keep the focus on the kids and on the family.”

Judge of the Year

Judge H. Mark Preyer has proven to be a strong advocate of the children in the foster care system and of the CASA programs and their volunteers.

“Judge Preyer is not a nine to five judge.  He’s an all the time judge and he cares about kids all the time,” said Tommy Campbell, Chief Deputy Juvenile Officer of the 35th Judicial Circuit.  “He’s a judge for the children all the time.”

Lasting Legacy

Senator Bob Dixon was elected to the Missouri Senate in 2010 as a representative for District 30. Prior to his current office, he served four terms in the Missouri House of Representative.

In 2013, Senator Dixon was instrumental in getting the Champion for Children Tax Credit reinstated.  His past legislative efforts have centered on crime prevention and public safety, the protection of children from predators and abusers, the rights of crime victims, the advancement of mental health, access to quality and affordable healthcare coupled with insurance reform, and increased funding for quality public education.

Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsors:  Culinary Consultants and Kappa Alpha Theta.

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Thank you to our Table Sponsors:

Call & Gentry Law Group

Lathrop and Gage

Holder Susan Slusher Oxenhandler Law Firm

Martha Gershun and Don Goldman

CASA of Dunklin County

CASA of Franklin County

Capital City CASA Program

Thank you to all of our wonderful silent auction donors:

Addison’s and Sophia’s

Accent Press

Golden Barrel

Major Brands

N.H. Scheppers Distributing Company

True/False Film Festival

Thumper Entertainment

Larry and Beth Dessem

Holder Susan Slusher Oxenhandler Law Firm

Call & Gentry Law Group

Boulevard Brewing Company

Kansas City Royals

Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C.

Kathryn Pierce

St. Louis Cardinals

Yoga Sol

Amy Blunt

Rebecca Jones

Christine Hartline ~ Tastefully Simple


Missouri CASA Association

Dawn Shellabarger

Clark Peters

Lucky’s Market

2013 Planting Seeds of Hope Conference

Friday, November 8, 2013




9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Council of Programs Meeting Jason JaggardCEO/Founder, Spark Good – PresenterMembers Only
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Exhibitor Set-up
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch – Attendees responsible for own lunch Lunch specials will be provided at H. Toad’s Bar and Grill
1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Welcome and Keynote Speaker Chief Justice Mary RussellMissouri Supreme Court Miss Missouri, Shelby RingdahlJason JaggardCEO/Founder, Spark Good– Keynote
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. “Office of the Child Advocate: What Can We Do for You?” Courtney Davis, Field Operations Investigator Office of the Child Advocate
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. “How to Use PR to Recruit Volunteers and Build Support” Martha Gershun, Program Director Jackson County CASA
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. “Getting the Most from CASA Manager” Susanne Waher, President CASA Manager
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Break Snacks Provided
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. “Flex Training:  Free Up Your Time” Pat Reiser, Program DirectorCASA of Southwest Missouri
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. “Being a Child’s Voice: Emotion Management of CASA Volunteers” Abby Glenn, Community Recreation Specialist Special Events, Springfield-Greene County Park Board
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Board of Directors TrainingSponsored by BKD Wealth Jason Jaggard, CEO/Founder Spark Good Board Members Only
6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Networking Reception Hosted by Missouri CASA Association’s Board of Directors(Hors D’oeuvres and Cash Bar)
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Dinner – Attendees responsible for own dinner  
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Missouri CASA Board of Directors Meeting
8:00 p.m. Movie – Buck – Snacks Provided Buck is a visually stunning film that follows Buck Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses

Saturday, November 9, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.*Plated breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. and presenters will begin at 8:00 a.m. Breakfast Included in registration fee)General Session Short presentations on current trends for youth in foster care
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Late Registration  
9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Faces of Foster Care Panel Meet some of the faces of the foster care system and ask questions during this interactive panel
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. “Touched by ‘The System’ – the Collateral Consequences of Court Involvement for Children” Kathryn PierceLecturer in Law, Supervising Attorney,Civil Justice Clinic Washington University
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. “Financial Pointers for Nonprofits” David SeabaughCPA/Audit DepartmentBaer and Edington
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Awards LuncheonVolunteer Special RecognitionClosing Remarks Megan PhillipsPresident Missouri CASA Association

Conference Presentation Resources

For Martha Gershun’s presentation titled How to Use PR to Recruit Volunteers and Build Support please click on How to use PR-MO.

For David Seabaugh’s presentation titled Financial Pointers for Non-profits, please click on Financial Pointers for Non-Profits.

For Susanne Waher’s presentation on CASA Manager, please click on CASA Manager Presentation.

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Missouri CASA’s Superhero 5K was held Saturday, November 2, 2013, at Stephen’s Lake Park in Columbia, MO.

Thank you to everyone who braved the cold temperatures and came out and supported Missouri CASA!

2012 Show-Me Giving Gala

The Inaugural Show Me Giving Gala was held Friday, October 19, 2012, at The Tiger Hotel in Columbia, Missouri.  Attendees from across the entire state of Missouri came to celebrate those who give a voice to abused and neglected children.

We honored the following:

  • Anne Moyer, Volunteer of the Year – CASA of Dunklin County
  • Martha Gershun, Program Director of the Year – Jackson County CASA
  • Judge Russell Steele, Judge of the Year – Second Judicial Circuit
  • Judge Mary R. Russell, Lasting Legacy Award – Supreme Court of Missouri

Volunteer of the Year Video Tribute

Program Director of the Year

Judge of the Year

Lasting Legacy