EASTON - More than 200 guests enjoyed a sweet start to the holidays at CASA of Talbot and Dorchester counties' annual Celebration of Children Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 4 at the Tidewater Inn. Generously underwritten by Anthony Walter & Duncan LLP, Bartlett, Griffin & Vermilye Inc. and The Hill Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, this annual event celebrates both the work accomplished by CASA's volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates and the significant local financial support provided to this small nonprofit organization.
Warmly welcomed by CASA Board President Judge William S. Horne, after lunch, guests were treated to poignant stories about how CASA makes a positive difference in the lives of children who are under court protection due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. The program began with CASA Executive Director Robin Davenport's comments, which included a quote from a CASA child who said, "To give a child a CASA is to give them a voice. To give them a voice is to give them hope, and to give them hope is to give them the world." Calling them "true champions for children," Davenport asked all CASA volunteers in the room to stand.
CASA volunteer John Hunnicutt followed Davenport's presentation.
"It truly is a labor of love," Hunnicutt said. "It's wonderful to help these children be allowed to grow up."
Talbot County Circuit Court Master Jamie Adkins and Dorchester County Circuit Court Master Karen Ketterman then spoke to the audience about children they have seen in court and the impact CASA's have made on them.
"They say 'my CASA is the ony one who listens to me'," Adkins said.
The event also featured a joyful hand bell performance by eighth graders of The Country School under the direction of Richard Osborne. The sweet melody of the bells provided a sense of hope to all attending CASA's Celebration of Children Holiday Luncheon.
CASA Board member John Dillon closed the program by thanking guests for their continuing interest, support, and for caring about a promising future for vulnerable children.
"[A gift to CASA] is an investment in the healthy future of our communities, and it can help to make the world of difference for a local child," Dillon said.
To learn more about CASA or to make a donation, please call 410-822-2866 or visit www.casaoftalbot.org. Gifts of any amount are deelpy appreciated.