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Yolo CASA hosts dinner, auction

Children from the community pose with Yolo CASA "blue kid" cutouts, which represent Yolo foster youth needing advocates. The children represent friends, neighbors and classmates. From left, they include (front) Nora Glick and Gillian Rafter; (middle) Anil Su Tuli, Blake Schimmel, Nicholas Mandelaris, Joshua Ransbottom and Daniel Davis; (back) Meg Robinson, Willow Jackson, Emma Robinson, Kendall Doten, Julia Alali, Braeden Schimmel and Tanner Mandelaris. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

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April 15, 2011 | 14 Comments

Yolo Court Appointed Special Advocates will host the 14th annual Cherish-A-Child dinner and auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the historic Hotel Woodland, 436 Main St. in Woodland.

The evening includes a hosted cocktail hour with appetizers and a gourmet seated dinner with complimentary wine, dessert and coffee.

This is CASA’s signature fundraising event, and a wide array of items will be up for bids. The live auction offers an overnight stay at the Villagio Inn and Spa in the Napa Valley; a three-night stay at the San Francisco Suites on Nob Hill, including dinner for two at the San Francisco Yacht Club; and a four-night stay at the exotic paradise of the Kauai Beach Resort, an oceanfront resort on Kauai’s eastern coast.

Tickets for the dinner and auction may be purchased at http://www.yolocasa.org or by phone at (530) 661-4200.

The mission of Yolo CASA is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected foster youth within the court system. Based on the belief that every child is entitled to a safe and supportive home, CASA works through trained volunteers in collaboration with key agencies, legal counsel and community resources to serve as the child’s advocate in the Yolo County Juvenile Court System.

Yolo County children are waiting for advocates, a CASA spokeswoman says. To volunteer, call (530) 661-4200.

Enterprise staff

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  • Sara SueApril 19, 2011 - 9:46 am

    Children are awaiting advocates? This organization has not trained a volunteer in almost a year. They want money for what? Also why would the CASA board memebers picture their own children or their friends children? What happened to Jill and Pam who use to work at the agency. The only person left there is their new friend Tracy. What a joke I would give them a dime or my time.

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  • commentingApril 19, 2011 - 11:05 am

    I am just taking a guess, but foster youth have been through too many hard times as it is. Posting their picture could be be violation and quite possibly not a positive thing for some of the kids. Having a semi-normal-private life is important, and revealing to the world that you are in a foster home is probably not the best thing for any of these wonderful and deserving children.

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  • Jill AngryApril 19, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    Yes Yes we know why the foster kids they serve are not pictured. I think that Sara wanted to let us know how this group of rich white women from Davis work. They are all about themselves. I echo Sue I would not give this group a dime or a second of my time. I have friends that have called for over a month trying to find out when the next training is and they only get a recording no return call. Their fundraiser is for what? I heard that Jill and Pam got canned. What a shame. So the money from the fundraiser will be used for what??

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  • GSummersApril 20, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    Support a fundraiser for an organization run by a bunch of vindictive people. NO WAY! My friends Pam Nardinelli & Jill Davis no longer work at this place because of these aweful people. This organization lost its focus a long time ago. What will they use the money for? I betting an overpaid, nonqualified "Friend" to be the keeper of their ruthless gates. IF you do give ask when their next training is. These people are all about themselves. Trying to make it about the kids won't work with people who know the truth.

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  • CRFowlerApril 20, 2011 - 2:02 pm

    People have hit the nail on the head with this one. I use to work at Yolo CASA. I had to go through so much hell with these people just to do my job. Vindictive does not begin to define these individuals. Their new director would make #14 in 16 years. As long as the rich white women from Davis are able to rule - this organization is doomed - not to mention anyone who works there. Sorry to hear about Jill Davis she is a really cool person. But the board was always trying to get rid of her. Hopefully Jill and Pam are in a better place. Stay Aware!

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  • VMurphyApril 20, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    Shame on the CASA board. Throwing another PITTY PARTY to raise money for their own cause. I am sure that the event is sold out. Kids are not this groups priority. Get a clue give your money to the animal shelter at least they do good by the cats and dogs. Take it from someone who knows this group well - save your money and time.

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  • Really CluelessApril 20, 2011 - 2:46 pm

    The children are going to be waiting for a very long time if this is true! Is anyone paying attention? Ah the magic of technology. Not a smart way to sell tickets if you can not manage yourselves. This article and the comments are linked all over the internet. Call the office and talk to the recording about this mess.

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  • ARexRoadApril 20, 2011 - 3:14 pm

    Presenting the Real Board of Directors for Yolo CASA Mila Spengler President @ mspengler@yolocasa.org Mary Patricia Whelan-Miille Vice-President Vickie Rafter Treasurer Diana Glick Secretary Ginni Davis Member Joyce Halle Member Susan Lovenburg Member Jeff Reisig, Yolo County District Attorney, Honorary Member Tracy Fauver Executive Director What the hell is this about. I was sent this by a friend of mine.

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  • OlgaMay 25, 2011 - 10:05 pm

    Well Jeff was declared an honorary member because he was bullied by the board to offer a plea so the case would just close and go away. Lots of sneaky stuff went on.

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  • ChantelWApril 21, 2011 - 10:31 am

    As a former foster youth from the Sacramento area I am saddened that people don’t understand how important Yolo County Casa is. Child advocates do much more than most of you might expect. At the age of 13, I had to testify against a child molester. It was the hardest experience of my life thus far. During the trial I had a great advocate by my side, without her I’m not sure where I would be. My advocate came in to my life when I needed her most. I was failing in school; had many emotional issues and had thought about killing myself. I am upset at what I have read in the comment section of this article. If these people on this board didn’t care about children then they wouldn’t be giving their time and efforts to the Yolo County Casa. I would like to address the “PITTY PARTY”, is this really the way you think? How incredibly naïve. In this economy, foster children are lucky to receive any help at all. What Yolo CASA does is give children a voice; they write status reports of where the children are in school, life and living situations. Advocates attend court hearings and speak on the behalf of children. If this organization was raising money for ‘animals’ it would be the SPCA. I find humor in VMurphy’s post, “Throwing another PITTY PARTY to raise money for their own cause.” Seriously? Who doesn’t fund their own cause? You don’t see homeless shelters asking for food to feed the wild elephants. You are surely unaware of the world and the seriousness that faces these children if they don’t have advocates. All I can say after reading these posts is that I am truly disappointed. I know from being in foster care that people have two hands for a reason, one to help themselves up and another to help others. Without advocates I would have been living on the streets at 15. Maybe this is something you should think about before you post your negative comments. I find peace knowing that I now give back to foster children because others found it in their heart to help me. Maybe today instead of commenting on this page you should drop a pair of shoes off at a center for the children. God knows they need it now more then ever.

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  • OlgaMay 25, 2011 - 10:06 pm

    Will the real Mary Patricia please stand up.... bravo performance, seriously. Chantel?? You always did think all foster children were something other than white.

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  • VMurphyApril 21, 2011 - 11:31 am

    Chantel W Do you know anyone who sits on the Yolo CASA board? Well I do. Their own cause is all about themselves and has nothing to do with the organization. By the way this is Yolo County CASA the worst of any CASA organization. If you had an advocate from Sacramento then you were very lucky. Also my comments maybe negative but are facts. I do a lot for the Woodland community and other causes for children. But like so many others have written this group off.

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  • OlgaMay 25, 2011 - 10:03 pm

    Well, well, well... So M.P, you couldn't think of a better fake foster care story :) I like how you used the name Chantel. Makes her sound black. The CASA board should be disbanded and a new board should be started. CASA is going down hill and going down fast. I heard that the office is being run by Tracy Fauver. She started in January 2011 and by March 2011 the only two staff of the office quit because of her. That really speaks of an organization when they hire someone new and the employees who hung in there through the claudean ordeal suddenly disappear. This is very interesting and the public isn't ignorant. We know what is going on. Disband the board....... the children are not getting served. Or as Mila would say..."the students."

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  • KyleApril 16, 2013 - 12:10 pm

    I'm a former foster youth and a supporter of CASA. The work that the VOLUNTEERS do is amazing and needs to be supported. I have personally seen how a CASA can change a kid's life. If you have such big issues with the board maybe it's time to get together as a community and voice your concerns BUT don't attack the entire organization. There are over 77,000 CASAs nationwide and your experiences with a few crappy board members shouldn't influence your opinion about CASA in general (and BTW most board members for every non profit are self serving upper class people who don't have a clue about the actual work that is being done--nothing new here). If you think they are corrupt or are implying that they are taking money and spending it incorrectly then take a stand, get journalists involved, call the state director and voice your concerns. Nothing will be achieved by commenting on the internet about how terrible an organization is based on some board members. BOARD MEMBERS are not CASA. CASAs are the volunteers working in the field and I bet there are many in your area's program that have a heart for the work and are doing a great job. I've seen crappy board members in the CASA program by me but the outcomes I've seen for foster youth with my own two eyeballs will always far outweigh me not liking board members, who generally come to one meeting a month and make a bunch of uninformed decisions; However that is the nature of 501c3 work. Think about the impact you are making elsewhere with such negative comments. All of this is centered on the board. Have any of you ever been a CASA volunteer? Have you worked a case? Have you been a part of the solution or do you just complain from your armchair?

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