18th Annual Silent Quilt Auction to be held November 29th!

FRIENDS OF ALASKA CASA 18th ANNUAL SILENT QUILT AUCTION
NOVEMBER 29, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
UNIVERSITY CENTER MALL

Friends of Alaska CASA is gearing up for its 18th Annual Silent Quilt Auction on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at the University Center Mall at 3800 Old Seward Highway in Anchorage.

As in the past, we anticipate receiving over 170 donated quilts in all shapes, sizes, and themes from incredible quilters throughout Alaska and the Lower 48.  Not only can you donate a quilt for this year’s quilt auction, you can also ask friends and family members to contribute a quilt as well.  Additionally, please feel free to tell everyone you know about the event! Once again, along with the auction quilts, there will an extraordinarily magnificent raffle quilt that could be yours.

Tickets will be on sale before and during the auction, with the winning ticket being drawn at 2:45 at the event. The deadline for submitting a completed quilt donation is Saturday, November 15, 2014 at noon.  Quilts may be dropped off in Anchorage at The Quilt Tree, Quilt Zone, and Seams Like Home, in Eagle River at Dina’s Cozy Cabin, in Wasilla at Sylvia’s Quilt Depot, and in Palmer at Just Sew.

A data form will be required for every quilt donation. Please contact Debby Hudson at or 337-7990 or Becky Rudisill at 349-1626 with any questions.

Scholarships Available for National CASA Conference

Conference logo

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Conference Scholarship Program. A total of 60 scholarships will be awarded to CASA/GAL staff and active volunteers to attend the 2014 Conference, June 7-10, in Grapevine, TX. Please view the NCASA scholarship page to learn more and submit an application. Applications must be received by December 6, 2013, to be considered.

17th Annual Silent Quilt Auction (2013)

Friends of Alaska CASA 17th Annual Silent Quilt Auction By Debby Hudson, Quilt Auction Organizer

029026_tnOur 17th Annual Silent Quilt Auction was held on Saturday, November 30, 2013, at the University Center Mall. There were 141 elegant, folksy, dazzling, exquisite and just plain adorable quilts donated by 75 quilters from Alaska, California, Colorado, and Montana. Over $21,400 was raised at the auction via the quilts, raffle quilt ticket sales, and cash donations. As in the past many years, the auction attendees were mesmerized by the harmonious sounds of Sally’s Kitchen and, for the second year, Alaska Folk Arts Family & Friends, as they sang and played their many instruments. Carol Jewell of Anchorage won the extraordinary raffle quilt, Eye of the Needle, which was made by Becky Rudisill and custom machine quilted by Nancy Rowland, as well as donated by both! Carol confessed to doing a little dance when she received the telephone message that she had won the raffle quilt – a perfect color match for her bedroom.  Congratulations, Carol! We offer our most sincere thanks to all our supporters who attended the quilt auction and to the following business for their continued support: Alaska Event Services, Alaska Home Magazine, Dina’s Cozy Cabin Quilts, Great Originals, Vivian Hickok, Just Sew, Seams Like Home, Sylvia’s Quilt Depot, the Mall at Sears, Quilt Tree, Quilt Zone, Mark Mitchell and the University Center Mall, and Valley Quilters’ Guild. We extend our profound gratitude to the following extraordinarily generous quilters for donating their fabulous quilted creations: [Read more...]

Pick.Click.Give. Once Again, A Boost for FAC

pick. click. give

Once again FAC was the beneficiary of many generous donors through the PFD Pick.Click.Give. program. FAC received donations from 52 Alaska citizens totalling $2,500 from their 2012 PFD. The FAC Board is so grateful to all those who so generously support our work. We are very fortunate to have so many wonderful supporters. Thanks to all of you!

There is still time on your 2013 PFD Application to designate a donation to FAC.

Laptops for Foster Youth and Alumni

For the last two years, Facing Foster Care in Alaska (FFCA) has been working to acquire donated laptops for current and former foster youth. Since youth are frequently moved several times during their custody, keeping track of homework, family pictures, and contact information is often a real challenge. Former foster youth often face difficulties in finding permanent housing, also, so for them the challenge continues. Providing the youth with a laptop can make this situation a bit more tolerable.

If you have a laptop to donate that is no more than 3 to 4 years old, or if you know of an individual or business that wishes to donate, call Amanda at 230-8237 for details.

FAC Welcome’s New Board Member

Friends of Alaska CASA is pleased to announce Shanna McPheters as our newest Board member! Shanna brings a wealth of experience as both a volunteer and professional working with the children, families, and the community.

Shanna McPheters, FAC Board Member

“I have been a CASA for over eight years and welcome the opportunity to be a FAC Board Member, to share my knowledge and create new opportunities for CASAs and the children they work so hard for,” stated Shanna. FAC is excited for the opportunity to expand our Board to continue to support CASA’s and the children and youth they serve throughout the state.

Alaska CASA/GAL Conference 2012

OPA Director Rick Allen, Becky Rudisil, FAC Treasurer Debby Hudson, and National CASA CEO Michael Piriano

The 2012 CASA/GAL Conference was held in Anchorage on April 20 and 21, 2012, at the Sheraton Hotel.  There were nearly 40 CASA volunteers and approximately 25 Guardians ad Litem that attended from areas around the state.  Personnel from the Alaska State Court System personnel and the Office of Children’s Services were also in attendance for a final count of 89 individuals.

            FAC is pleased to announce that it was able to pay the transportation and lodging costs for a total of 12 CASAs from Juneau, Fairbanks, Bethel, Kenai, and the Mat-Su Valley to attend the conference.  Not only was this a perfect opportunity for the CASA volunteers to receive additional valuable training, it was a great occasion for them to network with their peers.  Master Bill Hitchcock, now a resident of Oregon, did an exceptional job serving as the Master of Ceremonies.

FAC Board President Sallye Werner

    FAC also hosted an evening reception to celebrate the Alaska CASA Program’s 25 years of child advocacy in Alaska as well as to honor individual CASA volunteers from the various programs throughout Alaska for their extraordinary work with youth.  The evening was full of heartwarming stories of the CASA volunteers’ advocacy with the youth.  We were also delighted and privileged to have Michael Piraino, the CEO of the National CASA Association, and Jimmy Wayne, Celebrity Spokesman for the National CASA Association and a top-selling country music artist, at both the conference and the reception.

State Director of CASA Marion Hallum, and retired Children's Court Magistrate William Hitchock

           

 

 

FAC honored two individuals that have been outstanding and tremendous supporters of Friends of Alaska CASA for many years – Laura Haywood and Becky Rudisill.  Laura served on the Board of Directors of FAC for six years, two as president, and has been a CASA in Juneau for nine years. In addition to being an active CASA volunteer, Laura has worked on recruitment, volunteer recognition, fundraising, and PR, to name just a few. She has been an indefatigable supporter of both the Juneau CASA program and statewide activities of Friends of Alaska CASA.  Becky Rudisill has been alongside Debby Hudson every step of the way for over 15 years helping with the annual quilt auction fundraising event.  Becky is an extraordinary quilter and a well-respected member of the Alaska quilting community, and we have often called her our “unofficial CASA Volunteer.”  She also happens to be the sister of Debby Hudson, FAC’s Treasurer and Quilt Auction founder and organizer.  Both Laura (who was unable to attend) and Becky were given a lovely plaque to show our appreciation of their endless dedication.