CASA announces St. Croix raffle winner

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On Mar. 18, before the championship game of CASA’s March Madness Charity Basketball Tournament, Aundraya Simmons pulled the winning ticket determining that Missy Keatley was deemed the winner of a St. Croix vacation. CASA’s executive director, Jenny Castle, called Keatley on the phone to inform her she had won the drawing.

“You are kidding me! I never win anything! Are you serious I won?” were the words heard from Keatley when told she indeed won a condo for a week.

CASA of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit sold chances for one week’s vacation on the beach front properties of the beautiful Sugar Beach Resort in St. Croix, donated by Cooper and Candie Benedict as a benefit for CASA.

Keatley and nine others will be able to enjoy all the island has to offer: sailing to Buck Island National Monument, scuba diving “The Wall” at Cane Bay;  hiking or biking, horseback riding in the hillsides of Fredriksted, gaming at the one and only casino in the Virgin Islands, visiting their famous Cruzan Rum Distillery, shopping in the old Danish towns of Christiansted and Fredriksted, walking along the waterfront St. Croix Heritage Trail, kayaking in the phosphorescent waters of Salt River Bay, golfing and so much more.

CASA offers a big congratulations Keatley and a thank-you to all those who bought chances to help the agency so that a caring, trained adult can advocate for our local abused and neglected children.

Keatley is the owner of Kinetic Connections LLC, an ASO provider contracted through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to provide in-home services to parents, children and families with the goal of keeping children safe and preserving families.

CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, trains volunteer advocates to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in the court system. CASA was created to ensure the abuse and neglect these children suffered at home does not continue in the system. Judges appoint CASA volunteers to be a voice for these children in court, which results in the children being placed in safe homes where they can thrive. CASA volunteer advocates are ordinary people doing extraordinary things and who donate 3-10 hours a month to helping the children they are assigned.

More information about CASA may be found on our website at casaadvocates.org. For more information about the program, call 304-645-5437, write to CASA of the 11th Judicial Circuit, P.O. Box 1142, Lewisburg, WV 24901, or email casa11c@live.com.