CASA of Pinal County held its annual Volunteer Brunch on April 25th in Florence, which was sponsored by generous grant from the Arizona Lottery.
Presiding Juvenile Judge Brenda E. Oldham spoke before a full house as the group celebrated the work of our advocates. Kelley Kimble was honored as the 2015 CASA Ambassador of the Year for her 10 years of service. This honor is a reflection of her dedication and commitment to the Pinal County Superior Court and to the foster children that fall under the Court's protection/jurisdiction. Kelley has taken on a variety of foster care cases and regardless of the challenges, Kelley is always there for her child as a CASA.
Kelley has always been diligent in her duties as the "eyes and ears" of the Judge, helping bring community awareness of CASA/ foster children, and helping facilitate CASA POD (team) meeting in the Apache Junction / Gold Canyon Area. She has also developed a keen understanding of the Dependency Court Process, working as a team member on behalf of a foster child, and most importantly of all, developing good relationships with a foster child while assigned to a case, and standing up in court to advocate for the child's best interest. Amazingly, Kelley has been able to do all of this while working full-time in the insurance industry, attending college, and still finding time to learn how to play new instruments, including the acoustic guitar!
The theme of the brunch this year was "CASA advocates are the rock of our organization". As a token of appreciation, each CASA received a years of service certificate and a gift bag that included personalized business cards and holder. After a local youth group learned about what our advocates do, they took on the task to author a list of words that best described a CASA. Compliments like caring, loving, brave, faithful, dependable and angel were some of the inscriptions. The children painted and brightly decorated nearly 85 rocks so that each CASA received one with a special message.