Thursday, October 24, 2013

Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones to be Honored by Dallas CASA as Champions of Children

 
Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, co-founders of The Rees-Jones Foundation and longtime supporters of innovative programs to help victims of child abuse, will be honored for their commitment to protecting abused and neglected children at Dallas CASA’s annual Champion of Children Award Dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.

The prestigious Judge Barefoot Sanders Champion of Children Award recognizes community leaders who significantly improve the lives of children, particularly those whose young lives have been marked by abuse, neglect or other adversity.

“Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones wholeheartedly believe that children have the right to be safe,” said Beverly Levy, Dallas CASA Executive Director and President. “Their overwhelming generosity has laid the groundwork for making sure that all abused children are healthy and protected and have every opportunity to heal from their abuse and to become successful adults. Our children and our volunteers are privileged to have their support.”

The couple started The Rees-Jones Foundation in 2006 out of a desire to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and families. Among their many areas of commitment, the Rees-Joneses have championed early intervention services for at-risk families, emergency needs services for children living in foster care and high-quality early childhood education for low-income children. Their involvement has improved the quality of life and well-being of abused children and led to systemic change and replicable models for handling abuse investigations, delivering efficient and effective mental health and medical services to these children and greatly expanding the opportunity to provide a CASA volunteer advocate for every child who needs one.

“Knowing that many children in our community are suffering from abuse, neglect, uncertainty and fear, it is a privilege for us to support the dedicated staff and volunteers of Dallas CASA who speak for these children, offering them stability and reassurance in the midst of chaos,” Mr. Rees-Jones said. “We are blessed to be working with the skilled and dedicated staff and volunteers who advocate for these children."

The Hon. Kay Bailey Hutchison (U.S. Senate, retired) will serve as Honorary Chair for this annual Dallas CASA event. Recognized for her 20-year career representing Texas in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Hutchison is a compassionate defender of children’s rights.

“I am very pleased to serve as the Honorary Chair of the Champion of Children Award Dinner and to recognize Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones for their tireless commitment to helping children throughout North Texas,” Sen. Hutchison said. “While in the U.S. Senate, it was my honor to work on behalf of children in need and support organizations such as CASA. Dallas CASA volunteers deserve not only our generous support but also our gratitude for all they do.”

Champion of Children Event Chairs Robin and Bill Smith are deeply committed advocates for abused children in Dallas. Mr. Smith, President of Network Operations for AT&T, is currently Vice-President for Development on the Dallas CASA Board of Directors. Mrs. Smith is a CASA volunteer advocate who has helped seven abused and neglected children since 2011.

Champion of Children individual dinner tickets are still available for $300 each. To purchase tickets or tables, contact Events Manager Stacy Lillis at 214-827-9603 x272 or at slillis@dallascasa.org.

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