Since 1991, Friends of Alaska CASA (FAC) has supported those whose mission it is to protect vulnerable children. As FAC nears its third decade we open a new chapter. We are now accepting applications for associate membership. By becoming a membership organization FAC will strengthen and deepen its existing relationships with the communities we serve and the community-at-large. Do you share our commitment to protect vulnerable children and families? Interested in court appointed special advocacy or supporting their work? Complete our FAC Associate Member Application 2017 and return to membership [at] friendsofalaskacasa [dot] org.
Friends of Alaska CASA held its 20th Annual Silent Quilt Auction at the University Center on November 26, 2016. We are tremendously grateful for the 98 extraordinarily talented and generous quilters from Anchorage, Bethel, Big Lake, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Homer, Palmer, Port Alsworth, Seward, Unalaska, Wasilla and Willow, as well as quilters from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii and Washington, who donated a record-number 223 quilted treasures. Over $32,000 was raised through the sale of the quilts, raffle tickets, and cash donations – a record high!
For its 20th year, Sally’s Kitchen, entertained the auction crowd with their harmonious sounds and even had a young girl from the crowd conducting them! And, once again, Vivian Hickok sustained the crowd with her dozens and dozens of scrumptious chocolate chip, molasses and snickerdoodle cookies.
Mary Hacker of Anchorage won the queen-size Kaleidoscope Dreams Raffle Quilt made by Sharon Hillstrom and machine quilted by Ruth Sielaff. Mary has been a long-time CASA supporter, having donated 25 quilts to our auctions since 1999. Congratulations, Mary!
Please click HERE to view the photos of the remarkable quilts donated this year.
We offer our most sincere thanks to all our supporters who attended the quilt auction and to the following businesses for their continued support: Alaska Event Services, Alaska Home Magazine, Great Originals, Just Sew, Quilt Zone, Seams Like Home, Sylvia’s Quilt Depot, The Mall at Sears, The Quilt Cache, The Quilt Tree, Twisted Sisters’ Quilty Pleasures, University Center Mall, and Valley Quilters Guild. We also extend our overwhelming gratitude to the following amazingly generous and gifted quilters:
Anchorage Long Cabin Quilters
Anchorage Senior Activity Center
Rose Anderson, AZ
Barbara Clinton & Ella Wachsteter
Brenda Dickison, CO
Marilyn Gray, CO
Jennifer Hall Jones
Tara Jones, WA
Marcia Landry, CO
Mary Lou Michels
Pat, Spyglass Inn
Mary Kay Sambo
Valley Quilters Guild
This year’s annual quilt auction was dedicated to Marion Hallum, a dedicated advocate for children throughout Alaska for over 25 years. Marion’s involvement with Alaska CASA began in 1992 when she became a volunteer CASA; she then became a Guardian ad Litem and supervised volunteer CASAs and, in 2006, was appointed as the Statewide Director for the Alaska CASA Program. Marion is a 10-year survivor of Ovarian Cancer and, shortly after her retirement in July 2016 and move to her childhood home of Solvang, California, was diagnosed with Stage 4a Diffuse Large B-Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Marion is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments in Solvang. The Friends of Alaska CASA and Alaska CASA families are keeping Marion in our thoughts and hope that you will too.
And last, but certainly not least, our profound thanks to the following individuals for their help setting up the auction and helping during the auction. We definitely could not do this year after year without your tremendous support:
Suzanne & Larkin Bounds
Debby & Don Hudson
Amber, Jaima, Michael & Tara Jones
Audrey, Sarah & Violet Raffuse
Becky & Michelle Rudisill
Amazon Smiles is a simple and automatic way for a person to support Friends of Alaska CASA (FAC) every time that he/she shops using Amazon, at no cost to the individual. FAC is a registered public charitable organization with AmazonSmiles. When an individual shops at AmazonSmiles, he/she will see the same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to FAC. [Read more…]
By Michael Schwietert
Alone. Confused. Unorganized. These are words that describe my time in the foster care system. I was placed in foster care at the age of 3 and reunited with my mother at 5. During the time away from my mother, I was able to see things from a different point of view, from a really unstable point of view. I was able to see many different homes from many different standpoints, and it was then I realized that I was my own best friend. There were never adults to share much time with me. Other youth in each home looked at me differently, and many were thrown off by my skin color. I became self-reliant and trained myself to go through the motions, home after home. [Read more…]
More than 300 children in the YK Delta region are in the State of Alaska’s child protection system because of abuse or neglect. To help meet their needs, the state Office of Public Advocacy plans to expand its Court Appointed Special Advocate® (CASA) program to the Bethel area this fall. [Read more…]
By Gloria O’Neil
As a new member of the National CASA Board of Trustees, I am honored to bring a tribal perspective to one of the greatest issues facing Alaska Native people: the crisis in child protection. Despite efforts by the state court system and child protective services agencies, disproportionality and disparity in child protective custody for Alaska Native children have persisted and intensified over the past thirty years. We must do better. This is the time to think comprehensively, to take our experiences and the lessons we have learned and make systemic change to improve outcomes for Alaska Native children. [Read more…]