Runners (and Singers) We Love: Tracy Hamilton

Runners (and Singers) We Love: Tracy Hamilton

Sep 15 2016

Five minutes before the start of a Walk to End Alzheimer's in Temple, Texas, someone approached Tracy Hamilton and mentioned that they had no one to sing the National Anthem. It took only a moment for Tracy to step up and volunteer. Five minutes later, she was singing for the crowd. That's just who Tracy is. When there is something that needs to be done to help others, she will step up and do it without a second thought. For six years now, she has sung the National Anthem for the CASA Superhero Run, she was our number one fundraiser for the race in 2015, and she's a runner we love. Read More

Seven Principles to Unlock Your Fundraising Superpowers

Seven Principles to Unlock Your Fundraising Superpowers

Sep 06 2016

Nancy Pollard is a superhero twice over: a CASA volunteer and a superhero fundraiser. Last year, on the strength of her superhero fundraising emails, she raised more than $3,000 for CASA kids, taking the prize as the second largest fundraiser of 2015 and the fifth largest fundraiser in the history of the CASA Superhero Run. We asked her to share her advice for other superhero fundraisers and she took a break from fundraising to explain her seven principles.  Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Fawn Jackson-Young

Meet Volunteer Advocate Fawn Jackson-Young

Aug 30 2016

"It felt like I always had a heart for helping," explained Fawn Jackson-Young, a Utility Account Analyst who has worked for the City of Austin for 23 years. "As I got older it seemed like that heart was coming out more and more."

Fawn always devoted herself to helping others, volunteering with organizations like Family Eldercare and Foundation Communities. Her family has long since gotten used to Fawn missing family dinners to spend her holidays feeding the hungry. Read More

Raise your voice with pride

Raise your voice with pride

Aug 25 2016

I came out to my friends and family in 2012. The feelings I felt? Scared. Worried. Nervous. Even though I knew (deep down) that those close to me would be accepting, I still had these emotions constantly present. The butterflies in the pit of my stomach, having a difficult time saying the short phrase, “I am gay.” After that courageous moment of being proud of my identity, I figured that was the end of it. That I could now move on and not have to deal with that topic anymore.  Read More

Fundraising as a Superhero Family

Fundraising as a Superhero Family

Aug 23 2016

My family loves the CASA Superhero Run. My daughter, Charlotte, is only two but she treasures the trophy she won in the Super Baby costume contest last year, and my three year old son, Kyle, was ecstatic to get his own trophy last year when he raised enough money to be a CASA Crusader. My husband and I just love seeing how excited it makes our kids and we love supporting CASA as a family.

A big part of that, for us, is the fundraising aspect of the race. Not only do we get to raise money for such a great cause, it's a way to tell our kids, "This is who we are. This is what we do as a family." When they show up on race day, they aren't just there to enjoy the activities; they're there to be a true superhero for other kids. Read More