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Louisiana CASA Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Annual Awards of Excellence

Louisiana CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) proudly commemorated its 30th anniversary with the grandest celebration to date, hosting the Annual Awards of Excellence at L’Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge on April 11, 2024. This inspiring event recognized the exceptional dedication and achievements of individuals advocating for abused and neglected children across the state. The evening commenced with heartfelt remarks from esteemed guests, reflecting on Louisiana CASA's three decades of service and the invaluable contributions of its partners in safeguarding the well-being of vulnerable children.

Among the highlights of the evening were the presentations of the Awards of Excellence, honoring the unsung heroes of child welfare who exemplify the spirit of compassion and advocacy. Each award category recognized outstanding individuals for their remarkable commitment to CASA's mission.

From left to right: Larry Paige, Board Member of the Year; Rebecca LeBlanc, DCFS Staff of the Year; Amanda Landry, Director of the Year; Kristen Beard, Advocate of the Year; Jenny Domangue, Staff Member of the Year; Judge Adam Haney, Judge of the Year.

Kristen Beard from Child Advocacy Services CASA received the Advocate of the Year award for her outstanding commitment, passion, and dedication to improving the lives of the children she serves. Judge Adam Haney, recognized as Judge of the Year, has shown exceptional dedication and support for the CASA program and the children it serves, demonstrating a deep commitment to prioritizing the best interests of the children in the court system. Amanda Landry from CASA of the 16th JDC was honored as the Director of the Year for her exemplary dedication to improving the quality and effectiveness of CASA advocacy in her community. Larry Paige from CASA of Central Louisiana received the Board Member of the Year award for his outstanding leadership in supporting the program's mission, vision, goals, and objectives. Jenny Domangue from CASA of Terrebonne was recognized as the Staff Member of the Year for her invaluable support and guidance to CASA volunteers. Rebecca LeBlanc was celebrated as the DCFS Staff Member of the Year for her exemplary commitment to the well-being of children and valuable support to partner organizations.

The Awards of Excellence ceremony was followed by an evening of celebration, featuring dinner and live music by Downbeat Louisiana, providing attendees with an opportunity to revel in the achievements of CASA in Louisiana and set the stage for continued dedication to serving the state's most vulnerable children.

Louisiana CASA extends its heartfelt gratitude to all attendees, supporters, and partners who have contributed to its success over the past 30 years. Together, we remain steadfast in our commitment to advocating for the safety and well-being of every child in need.


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