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Blue pinwheels placed along Nicholasville Road in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month

If you have driven down Nicholasville Road near New Circle recently, you may have noticed a lot of extra blue in front of Raising Cane’s. The hundreds of blue pinwheels were planted Monday and will stay up all April for Child Abuse Prevention Month. CASA of Lexington put up the pinwheels, thanks to a grant from Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky and Aetna. CASA of Lexington’s trained volunteers serve...

Sponsor a child through CASA of Lexington and make Ky. Sports Radio’s Ryan Lemond run a mile

There is still time to sponsor an abused or neglected child through Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lexington and make Ryan Lemond run a mile. Lemond, of Kentucky Sports Radio fame, agreed to run – not walk – one mile for every child who is sponsored through March 1 as part of CASA of Lexington’s virtual Bourbon and the Bayou event. Melynda Jamison and Ryan Lemond (Photo from CASA of Lexington) Lemond...

CASA of Lexington Bourbon and Bayou fundraiser goes virtual with at home bourbon tasting Feb 12.

CASA of Lexington’s signature Mardis Gras event, Bourbon and the Bayou, has gone virtual this year, providing an opportunity to enjoy the experience of a private bourbon tasting event from the comfort of your own home. The virtual party on Feb. 12 will feature a Bourbon education and tasting segment led by Sommelier Tim Knittel with Distilled Living. Knittel is a Kentucky bourbon industry insider...

Dan Cummins Cares program makes donation to help CASA abused children with every vehicle purchase

Every person who buys a car from a Dan Cummins dealership in 2021 will also be helping abused and neglected children in Central Kentucky. Through the 2021 Dan Cummins Cares program, a portion from each vehicle purchase at the Cummins’ families three Central Kentucky dealerships will be donated to CASA of Lexington. The nonprofit trains and supports hundreds of community volunteers who serve as advocates,...

CASA of Lexington names Brian Wright, Ellen Wood as Volunteers of the Month for November

CASA of Lexington has named a pair of newer court-appointed special advocates as Volunteers of the Month for November. Brian Wright and Ellen Wood are recent additions to CASA of Lexington’s nearly 200 volunteers: Wood began advocating for abused and neglected children in the fall of 2019 and Wright began early in 2020. Brian Wright Wright was nominated by his Volunteer Manager, Mary Beth, who said...

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton to light CASA Angel Tree on Nov. 10 in 9:30 a.m. ceremony

A very special tree-lighting ceremony is coming to Lexington and Facebook Live. The CASA Angel Tree represents the holiday wishes of dozens of abused and neglected children in Fayette County. Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton will light up the tree in the lobby of the Chase Bank Building during a Facebook Live event on Nov. 10, kicking off the 2020 CASA Angel Tree giving season. Linda Gorton Sponsors cannot...

CASA of Lexington expands capacity to advocate for abused, neglected children with 11 new volunteers

CASA of Lexington expanded its capacity to advocate for abused and neglected children in August when 11 new volunteers were sworn in by Family Court Judge Traci Brislin. “What you’re about to embark on is something that is fantastic. It can be terrifying at some times, and some of the things you’re going to see and listen to from these kiddos may bring you to tears,” Brislin...

CASA of Lexington among nation’s top nonprofits for effectiveness; earns Service Enterprise designation

Points of Light and Serve Kentucky, the state agency that manages programs and initiatives aimed at increasing the number of Kentuckians engaged in service and volunteering, recently certified CASA of Lexington as a “Service Enterprise.” CASA of Lexington is part of the very first Service Enterprise cohort that certified in Kentucky. This prestigious certification recognizes CASA of Lexington...

CASA of Lexington to plant pinwheels to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect prevention

April is national child abuse prevention month. This Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lexington gather at the Raising Cane’s located at 2555 Nicholasville Road in Lexington to bring awareness to the issue of child abuse. A proclamation will be presented in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month and CASA of Lexington will be joined by community leaders and representatives...

Local beneficiaries of WHAS Crusade for Children to celebrate ‘For the Love of Children’ week Feb. 4-10

Each year, tens of thousands of dollars from the WHAS Crusade for Children go to Lexington-area agencies, schools and hospitals that help children with special needs. To say thank you, these local recipients are sponsoring “For Love of the Children” week Feb. 4-10. (Click for larger image) Each day during the week, select businesses in Lexington will offer a percentage of sales to the WHAS Crusade...

Bluegrass Runners’ 32nd Thoroughbred Classic 5k one of biggest ever, benefits seven charities

Nearly 2,300 runners and walkers gathered at Keeneland on Thanksgiving morning for the 32nd annual Thoroughbred Classic 5K presented by local running club Bluegrass Runners. Warm weather helped boost race attendance to one of the highest in the event’s history. The thousands of dollars in race proceeds will benefit seven local charities: Broke Spoke, CASA of Lexington, Central Kentucky Radio Eye,...

CASA of Lexington named Kentucky CASA Program of the Year at state conference

At the recent Kentucky Court Appointed Special Advocates Conference, CASA of Lexington received the honor of being named Kentucky CASA Program of the Year.  

CASA of Lexington will receive grant from Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels

Kentucky Colonels from all over the world are partnering with CASA of Lexington to improve the lives of those living in the community.   On Sept. 9, CASA of Lexington will receive a grant from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels during a ceremony at the Lexington Children’s Theatre. That grant will be used to further promote the mission of CASA of Lexington to provide advocacy to child...