Pierce County - I am for the child

Get the Word Out for CASA at LeMay Car Museum

We had almost 250 in attendance. The evening was a great success!

We could not have picked a more beautiful setting. The LeMay Car Museum has a wonderful view and the cars that were on display were amazing.

The Tacoma Youth Symphony entertained during the cocktail hour.

Distinguished awards were given to Gennifer Planetz, receiving the Ken Nelson Memorial Award for Outstanding CASA of the Year. Thank you to Judge Kathryn Nelson for presenting this award. Also acknowledged was Kaitlin Pifer who was presented with the Nancy Jander Memorial Award for Outstanding Advocacy. Gennifer and Kaitlin, thank you for all you do!

Judge Felnagle was fantastic and very entertaining making us all laugh out loud. He reminded us that being a CASA is so rewarding, that was also repeated by other CASAs during the evening.

Our Coordinators work hard and it was touching and uplifting observing Kenney Hayes acknowledging their hard work, dedication and guidance.

The highlight of the evening was hearing from Kanas Cumiskey. She received a standing ovation. Her story was moving as she told us about her very painful childhood, her experience in the foster care system and how having a CASA meant so much. It was the only constant Kansas had!

Thank you to our major sponsor: Sleep County for helping to make this event possible.


In Pierce County there are….

More than 1400 Children in the foster care system

230 CASA volunteers who advocate for 700 children


Yet there are 750 without a CASA

Let’s reduce that number and assure each child has someone who

Is for the Child