FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Andrea Bruns, State Director
October 1, 2021 – The Kentucky CASA Network announced the winners of the Awards of Excellence on the final day of CASA Week, October 1, 2021. The award recipients are as follows:
- Bob Babbage Volunteer of the Year - Eileen Donahue, Boone County CASA
- Board Member of the Year - Kristin King, CASA of Graves County & Southwest KY
- Judge of the Year - The Honorable Lucinda Masterton, Fayette County Family Court
- Program of the Year - CASA of the Heartland
- Program Director of the Year - Daphyne Maddox, CASA of Midwest Kentucky
Judges, volunteers, and program staff from across the commonwealth nominated these winners for their excellent work to advance the CASA mission. More information about each winner can be found in the awards program.
“Thanks to the hard work of these advocates and their hearts for children, more lives are touched and vulnerable children are in safe, permanent homes,” said Andrea Bruns, State Director of the KCN. “We need to take pause and recognize the powerful work of best-interest advocacy and celebrate the many donors, judges, volunteers, and staff that make selfless contributions in changing a child’s story.”
In lieu of the annual in-person conference, the KCN hosted CASA Week, a week-long virtual celebration and training opportunity for local CASA program staff, board members, and volunteers. Sessions covered topics including communication and leadership, educational advocacy, building belonging, and financial sustainability. The final day of CASA Week provided an opportunity for stakeholders and community partners, local programs, and the KCN to show appreciation for the continued advocacy of CASA volunteers and to celebrate the winners of the Awards of Excellence. More than 200 attendees participated in CASA Week 2021.
About the Kentucky CASA Network
The Kentucky CASA Network is the state association for Court Appointed Special Advocates, as recognized in the Kentucky Revised Statutes, with a mission to support the development, growth, and continuation of local CASA programs in Kentucky. CASA programs recruit and train volunteers to advocate on behalf of children who have come into the court system as a result of dependency, neglect, or abuse. In 2020, 1,275 CASA volunteers advocated for 3,574 abused and neglected children statewide. Kentucky currently has 24 local CASA programs that cover 72 counties. For more information, please visit www.kentuckycasanetwork.org.