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champion-luncheon-registration-headerThank you to everyone who joined us for our annual fundraiser, the Texas CASA Champions Luncheon, presented by CenterPoint Energy, on April 6, 2017. At this year’s luncheon, we were honored to recognize two important champions of Texas children for their leadership and commitment to improving the lives of our most vulnerable children in the foster care system.

texas-state-senator-jane-nelson“I am so grateful that you [CASA] exist and are doing what you’re doing. It is making a difference in the lives of children.”

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson

texas-supreme-court-justice-eva-guzman“I have seen firsthand the difference CASA makes in the lives of our children and communities.”

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman
Texas State Senator Jane Nelson 

Sen. Nelson received the Inaugural Jane Quentan Piper Founder’s Award. Texas CASA was formed in 1989 when a passionate CASA volunteer from one of our state’s then 13 local CASA programs had the vision of a statewide hub – an organization belonging to everyone in Texas working tirelessly in pursuit of the same mission. That individual was our founding CEO Jane Quentan Piper, and her idea was, and is, Texas CASA.

“Senator Nelson has been a tireless protector for abused and neglected children, and a leader in reforming the child protection system through foster care redesign and other reform efforts. CASA programs across Texas and our thousands of volunteers are grateful for her leadership and steadfast support. This special, first-time award is a well-deserved honor for Senator Jane Nelson,” said Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs.

Sen. Nelson was presented the award by former colleague and friend, former Texas State Senator Florence Shapiro, and Texas CASA founder and first CEO, Jane Quentan Piper.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman

Justice Guzman received the Texas CASA Champions Award. Justice Guzman works with leaders across the state to improve outcomes for Texas’ most vulnerable children and families, and is a former Texas CASA board member.

While presenting the award to Justice Guzman, Master of Ceremonies the Honorable Shapiro noted that “Justice Guzman has been a strong leader and advocate for children as the Chair of the Children’s Commission and Texas Access to Justice Commission. Under Justice Guzman’s leadership, the Children’s Commission has become an essential and persuasive voice.”


texas-state-senator-florence-shapiroMaster of Ceremonies: Former Texas State Senator Florence Shapiro 

Senator Shapiro’s legislative accomplishments include authoring a series of bills known as Ashley’s Laws. The group of legislation initiated in 1995 protects against, adjudicates, and punishes sex offenders whose victims are children.

former-casa-youth-jackie-davisFormer Foster Youth & Current Dallas CASA Supervisor: Jackie Davis

Jackie Davis entered foster care at just 18 months old. After rotating through several homes and shelters, and experiencing a failed adoption at the age of 5, he had a successful adoption at the age of 13. Davis now speaks publicly about his past, using his platform to advocate and create awareness in various communities about the needs of youth in foster care.