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The 2019 Texas CASA Conference: 30 Year Jubilee will take place Oct. 24-26 in Galveston at the Galveston Island Convention Center at The San Luis Resort.

We have compiled and answered conference FAQs to help you start your conference planning.

Registration

When does registration open?
Registration is now closed!
What is the refund policy?
Full refunds will be granted if cancelled before registration closes on Sept. 24, or when the event reaches capacity. No refunds will be granted after registration closes, no exceptions. You can, however, substitute someone else for your registration.
Do I need to select my workshops during registration?
Yes – Attendees must select their conference schedule during the online registration process. You will register for each session, and the sessions you select will be the ones you attend onsite. Registration will be required to enter.
What about group registration?
Attendees must still select their conference schedule during the online registration process during group registration. The person registering everyone will need to select workshops for each person. Once they are registered, attendees can modify their schedule as long as workshops are not at capacity. Groups are encouraged to use our selection form  to help with the registration process.
Are meals included in the registration cost?

The following meals are included with your registration purchase:

  • Thursday: Afternoon snack break
  • Friday: Morning & afternoon snack breaks, gala dinner

Helpful tips prior to registration:

  • Inform your bank of the large purchase you are about to make with your credit card;
  • If you have Texas CASA Conference fees in your FY 2019 CVC or FY 2019 VOCA budgets, please be sure to pay for these fees prior to August 31 for CVC and September 30 for VOCA;
  • Have a unique email address ready for each registrant when registering a group of people, as well as their session preferences;
  • Be aware that each person will get their own individual email confirmation at the email address provided; and
  • If you “opt out” of Cvent (our registration system) you will not get updates or reminders regarding the conference or future Texas CASA trainings.

Hotel & Lodging

Where can I stay, and is there a discounted rate?

Texas CASA has secured three room blocks with discounted room rates. The room blocks will not be available until you have registered for the conference. 

For your planning purposes, the discounted prices are: 

Hilton Galveston Island Resort | Rate: $169/night + tax
5400 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77551

San Luis Resort | Rate: $179/night + tax
5222 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77551

Holiday Inn Resort Galveston – On the Beach | Rate: $155/night + tax
5002 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77551

Is parking available at the convention center and hotel?

Yes! Complimentary self-parking is available at all conference hotels and a free shuttle will be available to take you to and from the convention center. The shuttle will also be available to take you to nearby restaurants for lunch.

Which airport should I fly into?

Attendees can fly into either George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) or William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). Directions to the convention center and hotels from both airports on the Galveston Island Convention Center website.


Schedule & Special Programming

What time should I arrive for conference?
The schedule outline for all three days of the conference is below.

THURSDAY | OCTOBER 24
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Check In & Exhibitors & Wellness Lounge
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Case Supervisor Meetings with the CEO (For CASA program case supervisors only. Registration is required.)
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Concurrent Half-Day Institutes
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | ED/PD Happy Hour with the CEO (For CASA program ED/PDs only. Registration is required.)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Sip & Stroll on Post Office St.

FRIDAY | OCTOBER 25
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Check In & Exhibitors & Wellness Lounge
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Opening General Session featuring Josh Shipp
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Lunch on your own
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions
7 p.m. – | Texas CASA 30th Anniversary Gala: Spectacular Spectacular

SATURDAY | OCTOBER 26
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Exhibitors & Wellness Lounge
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Closing General Session featuring Carin Winters and Bryan Samuels

Will there be exhibitors?
Yes! The Jubilee Marketplace will feature a wide variety of exciting exhibitors. The marketplace will be opened during normal conference hours, and will also be where snacks and lunch will be available.
What’s the Sip & Stroll?
The Sip & Stroll on Post Office St. in downtown Galveston will be on the evening of Thursday, October 24, from 6-8 pm. Enjoy discounts to multiple shops in downtown Galveston, live music and complimentary drink samples at several shops. Admission to the Sip & Stroll is included with registration for both 2-day and full registration and complimentary shuttles to and from the Sip & Stroll will be provided.
What is the theme for this year’s Gala?

In celebration of our 30 Year Jubilee, Texas CASA will host a dinner theater gala, Spectacular Spectacular! There will be a vibrant and engaging Master of Ceremonies guiding the audience through an evening of entertainment and fun. To give you a taste:

Spectacular, spectacular!
The most magical of nights!
Filled with magic, wonder
And culinary delights.

For our anniversary of 30
We’re pulling out the stops.
Feeding the body and soul
And making mouths drop.

Can I bring a +1 to the Gala?
Yes! One additional gala ticket per attendee can be purchased during registration for $75.
What is the Wellness Lounge?
This year we will be offering two versions of the Wellness Lounge. One version of the lounge will be a quiet, talk-free space where you can decompress and process what you have learned at the sessions. The other space encourages attendees to talk and connect with others about their sessions in a relaxing setting.
What about the VIA Suite? 
New this year is the VIA Suite – a space just for volunteer advocates. Volunteers will need to visit the suite to pick up their appreciation gift. Snacks and other surprises will be available throughout the conference.

Additional Questions?

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at txcasa@texascasa.org.

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