Child abuse is heart breaking. But imagine the fear of these young victims as they move through the maze of a judicial system that will decide their futures. Court Appointed Special Advocates for Kids of East Texas (CASA) provides trained community volunteers to really listen to the child, to see that the child’s own interests and feelings are served, and to ensure that this young, frightened child will be heard. CASA is the only organization in Smith, Van Zandt, and Wood Counties providing this service and is appointed to all Child Protective Services cases.
Laura George is a member of the CASA for Kids of East Texas Board of Directors and is co-chair of CASA’s 2012 Justice is Served Dinner planned for Friday, April 20, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the CrossWalk Conference Center at Green Acres Baptist Church. This casual evening will feature dinner selections from Tyler restaurants with dessert served by local judges and elected officials. A silent auction will be held along with the Chocolate and Diamonds Raffle for a gorgeous pair of diamond earrings and two raffle drawings for an Apple iPad. The very first Judge Ruth Blake Extraordinary Volunteer Award will also be presented.
“Justice is Served is CASA’s primary fundraising event, and I encourage the community to help us celebrate all the children who have new beginnings in part because of their CASA volunteers,” Mrs. George said. “I volunteer and support CASA because they are clear in what they are and what they do for this community. Without CASA, these children would have no one.”
Mrs. George also serves on the Tyler Type One Diabetes Foundation Board of Directors. She is a member of Leadership Tyler Class 25, the Women’s Fund, and the Tyler Executive Women’s Network. Mrs. George holds membership with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Better Business Bureau of East Texas.
Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, Mrs. George has resided in the Tyler area for 35 years. She and her husband, Ken, have been married eight years and are the parents of two adult children, Lisa Vaughan and Ashley Wood, and have five grandchildren. Mrs. George is a graduate of Tyler Junior College and is a Certified IV Technician and a Certified Pharmacy Technician.
“It is an honor to volunteer in the Tyler community and a privilege to support CASA for Kids of East Texas. The board members are leaders in our community and work well together, and the CASA executive director, Patty Garner, shows such compassion in her job and puts forth a lot of effort in fund raising for this much-needed organization. CASA is an organization that makes you enjoy being a volunteer,” Mrs. George said.