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(727) 895-4912 | TTY: (727) 828-1269
Outside Pinellas County: (800) 500-1119 | TDD: (800) 621-4202

October 2016

October 2016: Newsletter
 
IN THIS ISSUE:
Wildlife Wednesday  Domestic Violence Awareness Month  -  2016 Peace Breakfast
WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY AT CASA'S SHELTER YOUTH CENTER
Beautiful artwork from the children at CASA's domestic violence center. We hope you enjoy!
OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
SPREAD THE WORD THAT HELP IS AVAILABLE!
There are many different ways that you can support CASA in our vision of a community without domestic violence, so that home is a safe place! 
  - Visit our
website to learn how friends dealing with domestic violence can get help.
  - Join us at the 20th Annual CASA Peace Breakfast
to hear a survivor's inspirational story of how CASA guided her towards a life free from domestic violence.
  - Share and comment on our Facebook page to spread the word that domestic violence survivors are not alone.
  - Let people know that help is available 24-hours a day by calling 727-895-4912 (TTY: 727-828-1269).
  - Participate in our Purple Purse Fundraising Challenge to help us win funding for our life-saving services.
 - Watch ABC Action News' 8th Annual Taking Action Against Domestic Violence televised special.
It is up to all of us to stand up to domestic violence!
OCTOBER 20: THE CASA PEACE BREAKFAST
TICKETS AND SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE-- TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO GET YOURS!
CASA's signature annual event raises awareness and funds to support survivors beginning new lives in a safe and secure environment. The Peace Breakfast will have an inspirational program featuring a domestic violence survivor telling her story, a presentation of our annual “Victory over Violence” award, and additional speakers such as St. Petersburg's Chief of Police, Anthony Holloway, and celebrity emcee, Lissette Campos of WFTS: ABC Action News.
OCTOBER 20, 2016 at the St. Petersburg Coliseum
Networking: 7:00 am – 7:30 am
Program: 7:30 am – 8:30 am
PHOTOS FROM LAST YEAR'S EVENT:
Get your ticket or become a sponsor by registering on this page.
Learn more at the official Event Page or contact Kathy Scott at 727-895-4912 x114 / kscott@casa-stpete.org.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in a CASA-run event, meeting or activity is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the event by contacting us at 727-895-4912 or TTY: 727-828-1269.
A SURVIVOR'S STORY

"My name is Sierra Bender. I travel around the world as a motivational speaker to fight violence against women. Sounds exciting but what I am most proud of is the success of healing myself. I am a statistic of sexual abuse and domestic violence."

This is my story.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE

CASA COULD WIN $100,000!
Will You Help? Click here!
CASA is competing for $100,000 in this online fundraising competition, with weekly cash prizes awarded from Sept. 28 - Oct. 25. Last year our friends helped us raise nearly $17,000 in small, individual donations. Help us top that number this year by spreading the word or donating online!
CHALLENGE WEEK #2 HAS BEGUN! CLICK HERE TO HELP CASA WIN
A BLUE CHIP INVESTMENT
CASA is a "Blue Chip" Investment
 
Everybody wants a few “blue chip” stocks in their portfolio. You know what they are and why you want them. Is CASA a Blue Chip Investment? CLICK TO READ MORE 
Ready to invest in CASA? CONTRIBUTE ONLINE HERE!
"SAFE HOME STARTER KITS" 
Many of CASA's survivors, transitioning from shelter to their new homes, have only a few of their own personal possessions to bring with them. It can be an overwhelming (and expensive!) task to purchase the most basic necessities for their home. Help them get on their feet by making a "Safe Home Starter Kit!"

What does a starter kit include? CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!
WHEREVER YOU ARE, HELP IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE
24-hour Domestic Violence Helpline: 727-895-4912, TTY: 727-828-1269
(Outside Pinellas County: 800-799-7233, TTY: 800-787-3224)

OCTOBER  WISH LIST
Please bring donations to: 1011 First Ave N, St. Petersburg.
We appreciate all the community members who donate to our shelter, thrift store and fundraising campaigns!
CASA's shelter has constantly changing needs. This month we would be grateful for items on this list, such as:

· #1 NEED: Non-Perishable Food Items
· #2 NEED: Diapers (sizes 4 & 5), Pull-Ups
· #3 NEED: White Bath Towels & Linens (twin size)
It's easier than ever to donate! Shop from CASA's Amazon.com Wish List and have items shipped directly to us, or bring donations to 1011 First Ave N, St. Petersburg.
The Many Faces of CASA Masquerade
We extend a heartfelt thank you to Jeffrey and Tammy Plummer, and the entire team behind The Many Faces of Masquerade event. This event, in memory of Stacey J. Plummer, raised awareness of the devastating impacts domestic violence can have. The generosity of the Plummer family and their many supporters will help CASA prevent more survivors from having their lives taken by violent abusers.
Raymond James Community Impact Awards and the Tampa Bay Rays
One again, we are thankful to Raymond James for selecting CASA as a 2016 Raymond James Community Impact Award recipient and to the Tampa Bay Rays for their incredible support! They are amazing community-minded organizations who serve as role models to organizations throughout Tampa Bay.

The Rays and Raymond James recognized CASA and other award recipients at a Rays game in September.
BRINGING THE JOY TO CASA
It can be scary to think about leaving your home when your best alternative is a shelter. With the help of the following organizations who have invested their time and funds in CASA volunteer projects, we are helping to make that decision a little easier. These groups bring joy, laughter, music and food to rejuvenate the soul and lighten the atmosphere at the center.

SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THESE AMAZING SUPPORTERS:               
Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church Women's Ministry, Ladies of Tech Data, VIBE Engineering
The Purple Dot Yoga Project & Music is Medicine
COSTUMES & HOLIDAY DECORATIONS AT CASA THRIFT
Come and see what CASA's Collections Thrift Shoppe has to offer for Fall!

There are many wonderful seasonal home decor items available. And, for those goblins of yours, we have a large selection of Halloween costumes.
For more information, click here.
EVENTS CALENDAR
October 10: Gulfport Chefs' Table
CASA will be the nonprofit beneficiary from this exciting event organized by nine Gulfport restaurants in association with the Gulfport Merchants Association and City of Gulfport. Beach Blvd will be lined with banquet tables, from end to end, for a family-style fine dining experience featuring a delicious 4 course meal.
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