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CASA in the Press

CASA is frequently called upon by media outlets as an expert source for domestic violence related issues. Its work has also been featured because of the impact it has had in the struggle against domestic violence. A selection of such articles and TV appearances are below.

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with CASA staff, please contact Mo Venouziou at mvenouziou@casa-stpete.org or (727) 895-4912 x124.

The Washington Post features CASA's kennel

CASA's kennel received national media exposure in June 2018. Why? Because too many survivors feel trapped in abusive relationships out of fear of leaving their pet behind.
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Published: 06/15/18

CASA's Inaugural Farm to Table(aux) Gala

On April 28, 2018 CASA held it's first annual Farm to Table(aux) gala, where all 400 philanthropists, artists and advocates rose up in unison to stand up to silence.
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Published: 05/23/18

JWI Children's Library Opens at Shelter

Kids escaping volatile and dangerous homes are at high risk of falling behind grade level. JWI’s children’s library will provide key learning resources to the 50 - 60 kids staying at the shelter each night.
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Published: 04/20/18

Taking Action Against Domestic Violence's 9th Anniversary

WFTS - ABC Action News celebrated the anniversary of their award winning Taking Action Against Domestic Violence campaign with a live segment on Positively Tampa Bay.
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Published: 03/22/18

CASA Kennel Opens

On March 5, 2018 CASA opened the doors to an on-site kennel for the people receiving emergency housing at its domestic violence shelter.
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Published: 03/20/18

Partnership with Heels to Heal

ABC Action News story on Heels to Heal's director Melissa Mihok, their partnership with CASA and their upcoming 5th Annual Fashion Show to Remember fundraiser.
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Published: 03/07/18

Soup-er Bowl Food Drive 2018

CASA's 3rd Annual Soup-er Bowl: Food Drive for a Safe Home supported nutrition and health initiatives at CASA's emergency shelter.
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Published: 02/11/18

CASA Featured on TV Special

CASA and its partership with Sunstar Paramedics was featured on ABC Action News - WFTS's 2017 "Taking Action Against Domestic Violence" televised special. The video originally aired on October 18, 2017.
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Published: 10/19/17

Lariana Forsythe Named Interim CEO

After conducting an extensive, nationwide search, CASA proudly named Lariana Forsythe to serve as its new Interim CEO, effective June 5, 2017. (Interim status is a temporary designation being used while Lariana completes Florida Administrative Rule requirements.)
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Published: 06/12/17

Campaign to Build On-Site Kennel

The threat of animal abuse is a disturbingly common method abusers use to prevent their victims from leaving their dangerous home. CASA established a fundraising campaign to build an on-site kennel at its domestic violence center, so that people will no longer have to choose between their pets' safety and their own.
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Published: 05/17/17

DV Awareness Campaign with the Rays

CASA has partnered with the Tampa Bay Rays to spread awareness of services available to domestic violence survivors. One of the approaches used was to install special signage in all 380 bathroom stalls at Tropicana Field.
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Published: 04/06/17

Double Homicide in Brandon

There was a horrific domestic violence incident in Brandon on Friday, Feb 24, 2017. Two middle school educators were killed by one of their ex-husbands.
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Published: 02/28/17

Soup-er Bowl 2017 Food Drive

CASA's second annual food drive anticipates raising enough non-perishable food to last its domestic violence center over 5 months.
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Published: 02/10/17

Rooftop Solar Installation at Shelter

CASA announced that it has installed an array of solar panels on the roof of its new domestic violence center. The project will yield significant financial savings while also greatly helping the environment.
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Published: 01/18/17

MLK Day of Service 2017

The annual MLK Day of Service is a volunteer day honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. By working with local community groups, its participants were able to join in MLK Day of Service activities without compromising their security or confidentiality.
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Published: 01/17/17

CASA Interviewed on FOX13 News

CASA's Interim Executive Director Suzanne Horn was interviewed for a televised FOX13 News story on a local restaurant's innovative program to help women escape dangerous dates.
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Published: 12/29/16

Gulfport Chefs' Table

9 restaurants in Gulfport chose CASA as the beneficiary of their first annual Gulfport Chefs Table fundraiser.
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Published: 08/30/16

CASA Shelter Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

July 13, 2016 marks 1 year since CASA's new 100-bed domestic violence center opened its doors! Since that opening, CASA's shelter has provided a cumulative 32,000 nights of safety and support to hundreds of women, children and men in dire need.
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Published: 07/13/16

Profile: CASA's Vision & Services Grow

CASA was featured in a special section of TBN Weekly publications across Tampa Bay. This article profiled CASA vision and growth almost a year after its new shelter opens.
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Published: 05/16/16

Give Day Tampa Bay 2016

Give Day Tampa Bay was a coordinated regional fundraising campaign involving 595 area nonprofits. CASA's "Movie in the Park" fundraiser was one of 5 chosen to be included in Tampa Bay Times and TBN Weekly articles.
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Published: 05/03/16

Vanessia Washington Named "Outstanding Victim Advocate"

CASA's Vanessia Washington was named an "Outstanding Victim Advocate" at the state capitol by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on April 13. Vanessia was one of only six recipients of the statewide award.
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Published: 04/13/16

Shandra Riffey Named Executive Director

On January 1, 2016 Shandra L. Riffey was named the new Executive Director for CASA, After a six-month, nationwide search.
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Published: 01/29/16

Soup-er Bowl Food Drive for CASA

CASA launched its first annual Soup-er Bowl Food Drive for a Safe Home in January 2016, asking individuals and businesses to hold food drives at their Super Bowl parties, workplaces and favorite bars and restaurants throughout the months of January and February.
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Published: 01/15/16

Commemorating the Life of Linda A Osmundson

CASA's former Executive Director passed away Jan 4, 2015. Learn more about her impact on CASA and the community.
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Published: 01/06/16

Rays and KaBOOM Build Playground

Watch the MLB.com video and read articles about the new playground built at CASA's shelter!
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Published: 11/10/15

New Shelter Opening (Multiple Outlets)

July 2015 - Select news coverage from major media outlets covering the opening of CASA's new 100-bed domestic violence shelter.
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Published: 07/09/15

Retirement (Multiple Outlets)

July 7, 2015 - CASA bids farewell to Linda Osmundson. Media coverage included stories from ABC Action News and StPetersBlog.
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Published: 07/07/15

Phoebe Jonchuck (Tampa Tribune)

February 10, 2015 - CASA serves as an expert voice in this article about the murder of Phoebe Jonchuck.
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Published: 02/10/15

Rochelle Tratai (Tampa Bay Times)

December 19, 2014 - CASA is interviewed by the Times in their article about the murder of community leader Rochelle Tratai.
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Published: 12/19/14

Peace Breakfast (Tampa Bay Times)

December 9, 2014 - CASA's 18th Annual Peace Breakfast's keynote speech was featured in the Tampa Bay Times.
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Published: 12/09/14


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