Pick. Click. Give – A Big Boost for FAC

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A HUGE thank you to our 2014 Pick.Click.Give. donors!  With contributions from 72 thoughtful and dedicated Friends of Alaska CASA supporters, we received $5,325 in contributions, surpassing our 2013 level by $1,325.  EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU IS AWESOME!


The 2015 Pick.Click.Give campaign will begin on January 1, 2015 as the application process for the Permanent Fund Dividend opens.  We hope you will consider donating a portion of your dividend to FAC.

Pick.Click.Give is once again offering The Double Your Dividend sweepstakes where 10 Alaskans who donate through Pick.Click.Give will be awarded a cash prize equal to the 2015 PFD.  Click here for information and official rules on the sweepstakes.


18th Annual Silent Quilt Auction

by Debby Hudson, Quilt Auction Organizer

Friends of Alaska CASA held its 18th Annual Silent Quilt Auction at the University Center Mall on November 29, 2014.  There was an incredible array of 197 quilts – from wall hangings to queen size bed covers – donated by 92 extremely generous quilters.  We received quilts from Anchorage, Eagle River, Chugiak, Wasilla, Palmer, Willow, Big Lake, Sterling, Cordova, Port Alsworth and Anchor Point, as well as from Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Washington and New Zealand.  Over $26,100 was raised at the auction via the quilts, raffle quilt ticket sales, and cash donations.

The auction attendees were mesmerized by the harmony of Sally’s Kitchen and Alaska Folk Arts Family & Friends, as they sang and played their many instruments.  A great time was had by all, especially while munching on the scrumptious array of cookies made for us by Vivian Hickok.

Dianne Horbochuk won the extraordinary raffle quilt, Warm Irish Chain, which was made by Becky Rudisill and custom machine quilted by Melanie Hancock, as well as donated by both!  Dianne, Vice President and Secretary of Friends of Alaska CASA, is also a dedicated volunteer CASA.


Raffle Quilt with Diane (raffle winner) and Becky (quilt maker)

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, Quilt Tree, Quilt Zone, Seams Like Home, Sylvia’s Quilt Depot, the Mall at Sears, 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:

Kay Adams Mary Dodge Terry Kogane Elizabeth Roberts
Anchorage Church of Anne Squires-Dorsey, Betsy Korzeniewski Nancy Rowland
      Christ Piecemakers       New Zealand! Kathleen Kritchen Becky Rudisill
Anchorage Log Cabin Bonna Downs Jackie Letts Mary Kay Sambo
      Quilters Donna Evans Barbara Lavish Diane Schmitt, AZ
Anchorage Senior Kay Fiero Grace Lindle Ruth Simpson
      Activity Center Joyce Fish Linda Markus Judy Smith
Cindy Anderson Vickie Fuller Janet McWorkman Gloria Snodgrass
Rose Anderson Donna George Marilyn Meiller Jody Solmonson
Andrea Archer Kathleen Godsoe Mary Lou Michels Marie Steele
Kim Barr Alex Haar Ree Moffitt Charlotte Stefanich
Kathy Bates, MT Mary Hacker Joyce Momarts Susan Stout
LaVerne Beck Marcia Harlamert Cindy Montague Ann Strother
Sharon Berna’ Marcia Healy Marlene Nebel Francine Strother
Suzanne Bounds Teri Hennemann Katherine Neher Sharon Swieter
Vamori Burgheim Carol Hill Pat Ott Shannon Thickstun
Glenda Burk Sharon Hillstrom Kari Parrish Mary Thompson
Nancy Campbell Dianne Horbochuk Robin Parsons Sheila Toomey
Debra Carney Debby Hudson Carrie Payne Pam Ventgen
Jacqueline Carr Christine Jolley Jean Peterson Linda Rice-Weaver, WA
B.J. Coopes Janet Jones Mary Carr Piaskowski Jean Whitney
Judy Crosby Tara Jones Shirley Pittz Vivian Williams
D & K Kathleen King Charlie Polak Joan Wooliver
Melinda Dale Sarah Klever Becky Price Cheri Worley
Brenda Dickison, CO Donna Koehler Bonnie Rivera

We hope you enjoy the photo gallery of the extraordinary quilts from this year’s auction.

We also extend our heartfelt appreciation to the following individuals for all their help before, during, and/or after the quilt auction:

Cindy Anderson Dianne Horbochuk Shirley Pittz
Suzanne & Larkin Bounds Sharon Horwath Becky & Mike Price
Donna George Don Hudson Sarah Raffuse
Kylee Guidry Amber, Jaima, Tara & Michael Audrey Raffuse
June Haisten       Jones LeeAnn Reicks
Marion Hallum Erin Leaders Becky & Michelle Rudisill
Sarah Hanson Victor Mollozzi Judy Smith
Vivian Hickok Cindy Montague Cindi Sparks
Micaela Hogan Katy Neher Kathy Swiderski
Sallye Werner



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.

To shop on AmazonSmiles, simply go to smile.amazon.com from your web browser or mobile device and select Friends of Alaska CASA as your charitable organization and start shopping. If you go to AmazonSmiles, the site will walk you through how to set up an account. You can also use your existing amazon.com account. Please take the time to set up an account with AmazonSmiles and help support FAC efforts to reach out to the more than 2000 children in state custody every day.

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.

Scholarships Available for Alaska CASA Conference

Are you a CASA volunteer who wants to attend the Alaska CASA Conference but needs some financial support?

Friends of Alaska CASA (FAC) is offering scholarships to CASA volunteers from around the state to encourage diversity, participation and attendance. Scholarships may cover air or mileage and parking, hotel, and meals. FAC will provide financial support to as many volunteers as possible, and scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis until our budgeted amount has been spent.

To apply for a scholarship to attend, look for the Scholarship Application that will arrive with the Conference Brochure from the CASA Program, or contact us at info@friendsofalaskacasa.org.

Debby Hudson Wins First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Award

Board Member Debby HudsonWe are thrilled to announce that Debby Hudson, Friends of Alaska CASA board member, quilt auction organizer, and former Anchorage CASA volunteer, has been selected to receive a 2011 First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is given to “those who engage in unpaid volunteer activities, show remarkable personal commitment to long-term volunteer service, or have made a substantial impact on their community or the state.”

Debby was nominated by Anchorage CASA staff. In part, the nomination reads:

“During her six years of service as a CASA volunteer Debby was assigned to five cases, representing seven children…Debby also was involved with the CASA program’s nonprofit partner, Friends of Alaska CASA … [she] served on the FAC board as secretary and treasurer for six years…. While a member of the FAC board Debby, an avid quilter, conceived and organized a quilt auction as a fundraising event to benefit CASA. For the past fifteen years she has organized this quilt auction, contributing some 500 volunteer hours to the event annually…Over the years the auction has raised $263,000…but Debby didn’t stop at just organizing the auction; she has personally donated 126 quilts that have raised $13,600.”

Read the full nomination

Debby and the other five recipients of this year’s awards will be recognized at a luncheon and ceremony on April 20 in Juneau in conjunction with National Volunteer Appreciation Month.

Congratulations, Debby!