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December 2016- articles


- Johnny's Family Portrait

- Soup-er Bowl 2017

- Happy Holidays!

- End of Year Giving

- Re-Gift to Thrift

Johnny's Family Portrait 

Dear Friends,

We are incredibly thankful for all you have done to help CASA over the past year. When you did so, you were really helping individual domestic violence survivors and their children. We would like to share with you one of their stories:

Johnny, his siblings and his mom spent Thanksgiving at CASA’s emergency shelter this year. To you that might sound depressing, spending the holiday away from his home, but for Johnny it was a blessing. He was able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal away from an abusive parent, where he, his siblings and his mom were safe from the extreme physical and mental abuse they had endured for too long.

During the coming days, Johnny will celebrate the holidays at CASA’s domestic violence shelter. He will receive a gift and have the opportunity to pick out a present for his mother, both presents donated thanks to extremely generous people like you!

Unfortunately, Johnny's needs don't end with holiday gifts. He and his family need food, clothing, shelter, after-school care, youth programs, support groups, resources to help his mother find a job, and a home of their very own. Your generous investment in CASA’s services will not only provide funding for these services, but also hope, safety and opportunity to Johnny’s family as they begin the New Year with a fresh start.

Thank you in advance for your year-end commitment to a community without domestic violence so that home is a safe place. To make your year-end gift to CASA in support of people like Johnny, please click on www.casa-stpete.org/donate.

Click here to invest in safety for the next "Johnny" to walk through our doors
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Soup-er Bowl 2017


Food Drive Being Held January 9 - February 28

St. Petersburg College, H&R Block, University of Florida Family Nutrition Program, Bare Board Group, United Way and other dedicated partner organizations have committed their expertise and the first 42 donation drop locations for CASA’s second annual “Soup-er Bowl: Food Drive for a Safe Home.” We anticipate having more than 100 such locations lined up for the food drive’s launch on January 9, 2017, positioning CASA to collect five months of non-perishable food by the time the initiative ends on February 28th. We also hope to raise funds in order to purchase fresh, nutritious food throughout the year.

It is a shocking fact that approximately 30% of women and 15% of men will be victims of domestic violence during their lifetimes. While some have the economic means and support network of friends and family allowing them to escape their abusers, many instead find themselves isolated and trapped in dangerous homes. It is those people who most depend on CASA’s 100-bed emergency domestic violence center to help them attain the safety and economic independence needed in order to build safe, prosperous lives for themselves and their children.

CASA asks the Tampa Bay community to assist in providing food to the women, children and men receiving our services by contributing food and funds during the second annual CASA Soup-er Bowl food drive, which will run throughout the months of January and February, right during Super Bowl football season.

To join CASA’s Soup-er Bowl as a financial sponsor, donation location or in-kind partner, please visit www.casa-stpete.org/SouperBowl or contact Mo Venouziou at info@casa-stpete.org / 727-895-4912.

(Please visit www.casa-stpete.org/SouperBowl website for a continually updated list of supporters and donation drop locations.)

(Supporters as of December 14, 2016)

Financial Sponsors
Bare Board Group

Planning Committee
Rena Bello, St. Petersburg College Women on the Way
Allen Collins, Rotary Club Area Governor and Allen Collins Realty
Nancy Gonzalez, Mustard Seed Bags of Courage
Darlene Gragg, Bikers Against Domestic Violence
Mike Lewallen, United Way Suncoast
Barry Rubin, Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce
Mark Trujillo, University of Florida IFAS Family Nutrition Program

Support Provided by
Allen Collins Realty
Argosy University
Bare Board Group
Bikers Against Domestic Violence
Eagle Asset Management
Eckerd College
Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce
H&R Block (all 24 area locations)
Heels to Heal
IREP- Independent Real Estate Professionals
Mustard Seed Bags of Courage
St. Petersburg College Women on the Way
St. Pete Moving and Storage
Pinellas County
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
The Carpet Store
UMCM Suncoast
United Way
UF IFAS Family Nutrition Program

Jan 3: Sponsor deadline for inclusion in print materials
Jan 9: OFFICIAL LAUNCH! Posters and donation boxes available for pickup from the CASA Community Center, 1011 First Ave N, St. Petersburg
Jan 9 – Feb 28: Food collected at donation locations listed at www.casa-stpete.org/souperbowl
Feb 5: Soup-er Bowl Sunday- Individuals collect donations during their Super Bowl parties
Feb 8 & 9: “Pack the Truck” event #1- collected donations to be brought to the CASA Community Center, 1011 First Ave N, St. Petersburg
March 1 & 2: “Pack the Truck” event #2- collected donations to be brought to the CASA Community Center, 1011 First Ave N, St. Petersburg

To participate CASA’s Soup-er Bowl as a financial sponsor, donation center or in-kind partner please visit www.casa-stpete.org/SouperBowl or contact Mo Venouziou at info@casa-stpete.org / 727-895-4912.

Click here to become a Soup-er Bowl sponsor or donation location!
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 Happy Holidays!

Thank you all so much for the generosity you have shown the families at overcoming domestic violence through CASA's services! Your collective contributions of gifts allowed every child we serve to pick a gift out for their mom, and every mom to give a gift to her child. Program participants without children received gifts too, of course! For security and confidentiality we can't show you all their smiling faces, but we can tell you the smiles go from ear to ear.

Click here to make your end-of year gift to CASA
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End of Year Giving

As we approach the end of 2016, most of us make year-end charitable gifts as we maximize our tax deductions. In fact, year-end charitable giving is the time most charitable contributions are made. CASA is a qualified charitable organization and your year-end gift will be fully tax deductible.

Some tips to maximize your gift can include:

• Consider making a holiday tribute or memorial to a friend or loved one by your gift to CASA

• Consider a legacy gift to CASA in your will or trust

• Ask us about a naming opportunity level gift

• Check with your employer to see if they will match your gift

• Maximize your gift (and your deduction!) by donating appreciated stock and securities. You will get the full current value for your deduction AND avoid capital gains exposure. It may also help you re-allocate risk within your portfolio and avoid estate taxes.

• Consider a distribution gift from your IRA, particularly if you are over the age of 70 ½ and subject to Required Minimum Distributions (RMD’s)

• Be sure to itemize your charitable donations on Schedule A, IRS Form 1040!

Deadline Considerations – As a general rule, gifts must be complete by midnight, December 31st. It may take 2-3 weeks to process stock or other security gifts. Gifts via credit card must be processed before year-end, even if credit card bill not paid until next year. Checks must be postmarked before year end if sent via mail.

CASA is dependent upon the generosity of our friends and donors and your year-end gift is essential to the victims of domestic violence and their children we serve each and every day throughout the year. May the spirit and the joy of the season be with you and yours!

Contact John Biesinger, CASA Major Gifts Manager, at 727-895-4912, Ext #105 or via email at jbiesinger@casa-stpete.org for further details or to discuss your year-end planning considerations. Or, click here to donate online: www.casa-stpete.org/donate.

Click here to make your end-of year gift to CASA
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You Don't Always Get What You Want... so

You can't always get what you want? Sure you can! Re-gift the "creative" presents that didn't exactly meet your fancy as a donation to CASA Thrift, then come in to shop for what you REALLY wanted. We're located at 1011 First Ave N, St. Petersburg!

Click here to check out photos from the Shoppe
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