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July 2017 Newsletter

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CASA’s annual Back to School Bash helps under served communities equip their children with backpacks and other supplies to be fully prepared for the start of school. Our goal is to help at least 200 children this year.

Interested in joining as an sponsor to help us purchase school supplies and put on a great community event? Contact us at info@casa-stpete.org or 727-895-4912!
Last month CASA named Lariana Forsythe to serve as its new Interim* CEO. Now it's time for her to answer some TOUGH questions. Such as, "how much time do you really spend at the beach?" CLICK HERE TO GET TO KNOW LARIANA!

"I have two boys who love nature. We have been seeking out beaches with ample boogie boarding waves tempered with wildlife to discover…we have loved them all!"

Have a question for Lariana? Click here to let us know!

*Interim status is a temporary designation being used while Florida Administrative Rule requirements are completed.

The answer can often be as simple as "And where would she go?" Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families nationwide.

This is why CASA opened a new 100-bed domestic violence center two years ago. As soon as initial funding became available to get the project going, we recognized building a new shelter was something we HAD to do.

While we still have a mountain to climb to cover the financial costs, the human cost of waiting longer would have been unacceptable. CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Um, yes! Over the last three years we have dramatically enhanced CASA programs to end the generational cycle of domestic violence.

Your continued support is necessary to keep all these initiatives running. Donate online here.



Come join the dance party, with ALL proceeds donated to CASA! There will be great music, fun dances, great raffles and tasty refreshments at this family-friendly event.

Wants to watch the Rays defeat the Boston Red Sox? Click here to purchase tickets and a portion of the price will be donated to CASA! Tickets must be purchased through this link before the deadline!


Back to School Bash? The Peace Breakfast? Good Night's Sleep? Soup-er Bowl? Hope for the Holidays? With four seasons of signature CASA events, how do you choose which ones to support?

Check out CASA's New Event Kit to help you connect with the cause closest to your philanthropic vision.

Artwork by the students of Shorecrest Preparatory School
July 8 - Zumbathon in Gulfport
$5 entry to participate or watch, with all proceeds benefiting CASA!

July 11 - Clothing Swap at the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market

Cash donations and remaining clothing will be donated to CASA

July 13 - LocalShops1's Second Thursday Social
CASA is the featured nonprofit for this networking event hosted by LocalShops1, Tampa Bay's coalition of locally owned businesses.


July 15 - Back to School Bash 2017

CASA's summer community fair with food, music and games--- PLUS free backpacks and school supplies with pre-registration!

July 27 - [UNIFIED] by the United Nations Association of Tampa Bay
This partner agency to the UN presents a premier live-art events focused on Gender Equality. The lineup includes world renowned artists Ya’Laford and Marlene Rose, among many others. 50% of live auction proceeds will be donated to CASA.

August 9 - Rays Up for CASA
CASA will be featured as The Tampa Bay Rays take on the Boston Red Sox!
Purchase your ticket here and a portion of the price will be donated to a CASA:

September 24 - Bikers Against Domestic Violence Poker Run

Save the date for this annual fundraiser for CASA!

October 5 - Paint for Paws
The Zonta Club of Pinellas County's fundraiser at Painting with a Twist in Clearwater.

Throughout September - 20th Annual Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest

Choose CASA each time you eat at Columbia Restaurant's Clearwater location and they will donate 5% back to CASA

October 12 - The 21st Annual CASA Peace Breakfast

Tickets, Sponsorships and Tickets Now Available

December 2: Special Performance: Chorus Angelorus
7pm at the Catherine Hickman Theater, Gulfport

We are thankful for the generous support of organizations who hold community events benefiting or featuring CASA. Click here for our most up-to-date events calendar or contact us at info@casa-stpete.org to hold your own event for CASA!
24-hour Domestic Violence Hotlines:
727-895-4912 and TTY: 727-828-1269


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Q: How does it feel to become a Floridian after living in Phoenix for over 20 years?

While I was born, raised and lived in Phoenix most of my life, I do have a history with the south and Florida, specifically. As a child, my mother lived on Long Boat Key, where I summered. Some of the best memories of my childhood are boating through the Keys, fishing, hours of endless searching for sand dollars and sharks teeth. I also spent a few years living in South Carolina.


Q: Tell us the truth, has your family spent every free hour going to the beach? 

I have two boys who love nature. We have been seeking out beaches with ample boogie boarding waves tempered with wildlife to discover…we have loved them all!


Q: Why did you first decide to devote your career to nonprofits? 

My passion for nonprofit work originally stemmed from experiencing the stares, whispers and sometimes open ridicule directed towards a physically disabled young friend. As my career has progressed, I have come to thrive on being surrounded by people who are passionate about bettering our communities and world. 


Q: Why did you decide to join CASA? What has been your biggest adjustment so far? 

CASA has an incredibly strong foundation with impactful services, dedicated staff and a visionary board of directors. I believe domestic violence is such a pervasive issue that so many don’t understand. It’s time to truly shed light on the issue and end perpetuation of the cycle of violence.


Q: What do you see as CASA’s biggest opportunity over the next year?

CASA’s work in the community is incredibly strong, but I don’t believe we’ve done a good enough job helping the community at large understand the depth and breadth of all that CASA does to save lives, and ask for support in that important work. Education, understanding, communication, and collaboration all come to mind as priorities.

Q: Pitch time—Why should someone reading this article donate to CASA? After all, they have probably already donated to us in the past.

The truth is, CASA needs your help.  We operate one of the largest domestic shelters in Florida, nightly sheltering up to 133 women, children and men survivors, and tragically, the need is even greater than our facility can accommodate. This is huge work – but it’s honestly just the tip of the iceburg.

We also operate the Peacemakers Program that teaches thousands of school children anti-bullying and healthy relationship curriculum to end the generational cycle of violence, provide a 24-hour crisis hotline, provide rapid rehousing services, community support groups, courtroom advocacy, assist Child Protective Investigative teams, conduct community and corporate training, and so much more.  I invite you to learn more about how you can help by emailing me at lforsythe@casa-stpete.org or by calling 727.895.4912.  Thank you for your warm welcome to Pinellas County and your continued support of this important work.

Have a question for Lariana? Email it to us here!

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