12 Nov
Monday November 12 2018

Casa Youth Advocates Announces 2018 Gala

Posted by Submitted by Leigh Anne McKelvey on

CASA Youth Advocates today announced that tickets are available for its annual gala to be held on Friday, December 7 at the Drexelbrook Catering and Special Event Center in Drexel Hill, PA. The gala will celebrate CASA’s 26th year serving vulnerable youth and the volunteers who advocate for them.

At the gala, CASA will honor two Volunteers of the Year, Jim Reynolds and Gaye Woodward, and one individual celebrating her 20th year as a volunteer with CASA, Terry Yannuzzi

Jim Reynolds of West Chester first began volunteering with CASA in 2016. In just two years, he’s proved himself to be a committed advocate, who goes above and beyond the call of duty, even visiting his CASA child twice a month after the child relocated close to the Ohio border to help him receive his GED.    

Alongside Jim, Gaye Woodward of Glenmoore will be honored as Volunteer of the Year. Since 2010, Gaye has walked alongside the two children she was first assigned, seeing them through the past eight years, while they have experienced many changes and shifts in living situations. Her persistence has now landed them in permanent solutions.

Terry Yannuzzi of Aston has reached an exceptional 20-year milestone as a volunteer with CASA and will also be honored at this year’s gala. Since 1998, Terry has served on 10 previous cases. During her tenure, Terry has seen CASA expand the number of children it serves, as well as the increased value the courts place on her work. While she has begun scaling back in other areas of her life, she asserts, “CASA’s not one of the things that I plan on giving up.”

“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to commend the work of our volunteers and supporters, as well as celebrate an outstanding year for CASA,” said CASA Executive Director Leigh Anne McKelvey. “Each of our honorees represents the backbone of this organization, and it is astounding to see how they have impacted the children we serve,” she adds.

2018 has been a groundbreaking year for CASA, as it has surpassed the number of kids served in 2017, opened a new office in West Chester, and brought on three new staff members, among many other achievements that have elevated its impact as an organization in Delaware and Chester counties.

Event Details:

WHEN: Friday, December 7, 2018, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
WHERE: Drexelbrook Catering and Special Event Center, 4700 Drexelbrook Drive, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
TICKETS: https://one.bidpal.net/casagala18/welcome