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Three volunteers win CASA scholarships

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 5:57 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – CASA Kane County has awarded its Dottie Lowe Scholarship to three CASA Guardian ad Litem program volunteers so they can attend and benefit from the national CASA’s annual conference in Grapevine, Texas, in June. 

The three volunteers who were chosen are Joyce Bowie, Gail Garrity and Jill Bartnicki. Bowie has been in the CASA Guardian ad Litem program for one year and believes that participation at the upcoming conference, meeting other CASA volunteers and hearing their experiences will give her insight and knowledge to strengthen her role as a child advocate. 

Garrity was an advocate for seven years and recently returned after retiring from her position as a business manager.

Bartnicki also is new to CASA Kane County with one year of service under her belt.

The Dottie Lowe Scholarship originated with a grant from the Hanson/Furnas Electric Foundation that made a donation to CASA Kane County in memory of Dottie Lowe in 1999.

This year, CASA Kane County was fortunate to be able to choose three deserving volunteers due to the National CASA Association offering an early registration discount, states a news release.   

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. The group is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who are appointed by the juvenile court judge to advocate for children ages birth through 21 in the Juvenile Court system.

For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.casakanecounty.org or call the office at 630-232-4484.

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