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CASA of Orange County Receives $2 Million Dollar Donation From Local Philanthropic Family
Santa Ana, Calif. (December 22, 2017) – Orange County resident, Bill Gross, and his children, have made a $2,000,000 donation to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County. Jenny Gross, a CASA Board of Directors’ member, and her husband Jeff Gross, have been offering financial and volunteer support to the nonprofit since 2012.
Jeff Gross, board member for the family foundation, states, “Our family is proud to support CASA of Orange County in its mission to advocate for the wellbeing of children in the foster care system - right here in Orange County. We have had the honor of seeing their work up close and have put forth these funds to ensure more financial stability and program growth.”
CASA of Orange County has seen referrals made by the Orange County Dependency Court Judges double since 2016, with approximately 220 children currently on a wait list, which is evidence of the effective and valuable work that these volunteers are doing on behalf of the youth. CASA served over 700 children in the foster care system last year through a unique one-on-one relationship with trained and supervised court appointed volunteer advocates. CASA works to ensure that these youth are safe, have a permanent home and an opportunity to thrive.
“I am still processing the news about this amazingly generous gift to CASA from Bill Gross and his children, myself, but on behalf of our entire CASA staff, I am so humbled and proud of the faith and confidence that this sizable gift communicates about our CASA mission and delivery of services to foster youth. I am profoundly grateful to Jenny and Jeff Gross for their commitment and dedication to CASA and to supporting the most vulnerable youth in our community through our program's services ” said CASA-OC CEO, Regan Phillips.
About Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County is a privately-funded non-profit organization that serves severely abused, neglected and abandoned children through the recruitment, training and continued support of volunteers who advocate and mentor these children, representing their best interest in the courtroom and other settings. Founded in 1985, with major support from the Junior League of Orange County, we serve annually approximately 700 of the children who move through our court system as a direct cause of abuse and neglect. We are able to serve these children through the generous support of those who donate to CASA as well as the immeasurable compassion and commitment of our CASA advocates. At CASA of Orange County, our mantra is I am for the Child. Learn more about the ways to give to CASA as a means to help us support and protect the rights of our county’s valued children and to give them the nurturing and stability that they deserve. Please visit www.casaoc.org to learn more.
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