Dallas CASA Classic Raises $1.3 Million

DallasCASA Classic_4.16 (2)DALLAS, TX – AT&T, Goldman Sachs and Pioneer Natural Resources joined forces Monday, April 25 to host the Dallas CASA Classic, a charity golf tournament that this year contributed $1.3 million for the abused and neglected children Dallas CASA serves.
Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) provides volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Volunteers gather information that helps judges decide where children can safely and permanently live.
“We are honored to co-host this golf tournament each year to support Dallas CASA and to provide hope for children living in foster care,” Pioneer Chairman and CEO Scott Sheffield said. “Funds from the tournament are critical to meeting CASA’s goal of increasing their trained volunteer base to serve more children. We are especially grateful to our generous business partners who make this tournament a success each year.”
The tournament, which draws 700 golfers from around the country, is the largest single-day, non-PGA golf fundraiser in the country. Held simultaneously at Brookhaven Country Club and the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Las Colinas, the tournament features a full day of golf with both morning and afternoon sessions.
“The golf tournament is the reason Dallas CASA has been able to dramatically increase the number of abused and neglected children we serve,” said Kathleen LaValle, Dallas CASA executive director and president. “We now serve five and a half times the number of children we were helping when the tournament first began. Last year alone, revenue from the tournament allowed us to recruit and train 334 new volunteer advocates and supervise and support 921 volunteers who advocated for 2,680 children – all record highs.”
The Dallas CASA Classic has raised critically-needed funds and awareness for Dallas CASA since 1998. Since the tournament’s inception, it has raised nearly $15 million for the children served by Dallas CASA. Next year’s 20th anniversary tournament will be held on April 24, 2017.
“For the past 19 golf tournaments, we have been blessed with the continued support of our extraordinary sponsors and host companies who have helped to change the lives of our most at-risk children,” said John Gibson, Dallas CASA board chair and Goldman Sachs managing director said. “We look forward to making next year’s 20th golf tournament a milestone event for Dallas CASA.”
“We are honored to partner with Pioneer Natural Resources and AT&T and will continue to extend our support to CASA in their mission of supporting Dallas’ most at-risk children,” said Tom Dowling, Goldman Sachs partner and head of the Irving office. “There were more than 4,600 abused and neglected children in protective care in 2015. Through the generosity and commitment of our business partners and employees, together we are making an impact on these children’s lives.”
On an average day in Dallas, more than 2,700 abused and neglected children live in foster care because they cannot safely live at home. Only about three out of five of those children have a Dallas CASA volunteer who can speak for them, but funds from the golf tournament will allow Dallas CASA to recruit, train and supervise more volunteers to serve more children.
“We are pleased to partner with Pioneer Natural Resources and Goldman Sachs for this worthy cause and thankful for the support of our generous donors and volunteers,” AT&T President of Technology Operations Bill Smith said. “The funds raised from this tournament will enable Dallas CASA to help more local children find safe, permanent homes, hopefully ending the cycle of abuse and neglect. We look forward to participating next year so we can help Dallas CASA make progress toward their goal of serving 100 percent of children in need.”