News & Media: Celebrating 25 Years of Service

Georgia CASA: Celebrating 25 Years of Service!

  • During the past 25 years, over 22,000 CASA volunteers have advocated for over 101,000 children!
  • On an annual basis, CASA volunteers in Georgia spend over 145,000 hours working with children!

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Pictured above: Kathie Gannon, Karen N. Sibley and Nicki Vaughan, Founders of Georgia CASA

Georgia CASA was founded in 1988 by Kathie Gannon, Karen N. Sibley and Nicki Vaughan. This year, in 2013, we are celebrating 25 years of service to Georgia's abused and neglected children! This web page will share with you some of the highlights of our 25th anniversary year.

Read interviews with the founders (from 2008)!

25th Anniversary Reception - 1/24/2013

Georgia CASA founders, donors, board members, staff, affiliate program staff and board members, collaborative partners and other supporters enjoyed a cocktail reception at Greenberg Traurig law firm in Buckhead on the evening of January 24th to kick-off the celebratory year. Below are a few photos from the event. You can view more event photos on our Facebook page.

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CASA Day at the Capitol - 2/5/2013

An annual event during each legislative session to thank Georgia legislators for their support of CASA and to ask for their continued support of CASA and children's issues, this year's CASA Day at the Capitol included the CASA organization recognized on the floors of the House and Senate, as well as a CASA Proclamation from Governor Deal, in honor of 25 years of service.

View a video of the House Resolution.

House Photo

CASA Group - House Resolution

Senate Photo

CASA Group - Senate Resolution

Governor's Office Photo

CASA Group - Governor's Proclamation

View more event photos on our Facebook page.

Georgia CASA Conference - 3/16/2013

This year's annual Georgia CASA Conference in Atlanta had 375 attendees and celebrated 25 years of CASA advocacy in Georgia. Naomi Haines Griffith was keynote speaker and the 2012 CASA Volunteer of the Year in Georgia was awarded, as were two affiliate programs with Awards of Excellence. Twenty-four workshops were offered to participants.

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Millie Bush Award

Millie Bush - 2012 CASA Volunteer of the Year

Appalachian CASA Award

Established Program Award of Excellence - CASA of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit

Hall-Dawson CASA Award

Innovative Program Award of Excellence - Hall-Dawson CASA

View more event photos on our Facebook page.


Preview Party to Georgia CASA Luncheon & Fashion Show - 3/14/2013

This year's Preview Party was held at the home of Dr. Dorothy Mitchell-Leef and Forrest Leef in Atlanta. It was hosted by the Gentlemen's Committee and was an enjoyable evening with wonderful food catered by Carole Parks Catering and drinks provided by Georgia Crown Distributing. Three lucky winners each won a great men's raffle prize. Below are a few photos from the event. You can view more event photos on our Facebook page.

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Georgia CASA Luncheon & Fashion Show - 3/27/2013

The 9th annual Georgia CASA Luncheon & Fashion Show was held at Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta with about 250 guests. Georgia CASA's founders - Kathie Gannon, Karen N. Sibley and Nicki Vaughan - were honored as part of the 25th anniversary of Georgia CASA. Women's fashions were from L.K. Bennett and men's fashions were from Guffey's. Eight great raffle prize packages were raffled off at the luncheon. Below are a few photos from the event. You can view more event photos on our Facebook page.



25th Anniversary Mini-Features

~~A historical photo from January 1989 of the first swearing-in of CASA volunteers in Georgia, taken in the office of former Georgia Gov. Joe Frank Harris

1st Swearing-in Photo


~~Words from Joseph Ferguson, a CASA volunteer who was quoted in our fiscal year 2004 annual report: "A child I help, even in the smallest way, will grow up one day and may be the scientist who discovers a cure for cancer or a President of the U.S. Imagine what a saved life might become!"

~~Fun Fact 1: Kids of Georgia Need Volunteers (KGNV) was the original name of Georgia CASA. It included the initials of two of our founders, Kathie Gannon and Nicki Vaughan. It was renamed in 1992.

~~Fun Fact 2: The first two affiliate CASA programs to be established in Georgia were Hall-Dawson CASA and Alcovy CASA (Newton, and later Walton County).

~~CASA is the national philanthropy of Kappa Alpha Theta.The Greater Atlanta Area Alumnae Kappa Alpha Thetas have supported GeorgiaCASA over the years. Pictured are Thetas, with Former First Lady of Georgia Marie Barnes, at the 2000 playhouse fundraiser for Georgia CASA.



~A historical photo from the first Georgia CASA conference, held in 1993! Pictured is the conference keynote speaker, Hon. Charles D. Gill, and Kathie Gannon, former director of Georgia CASA.

1st State Conference


~~Words from a Northeast Georgia CASA volunteer: "We have experienced situations we never even believed existed for children who cannot speak for themselves. It has made us examine our own lives, our children and grandchildren, and how much they mean to us. We are at a time in our lives where we wondered if we had anything left to contribute to better mankind. CASA has allowed us to do more."