Kendra Scott gave back once again with Thursday’s Kendra Scott Gives Back Party, benefitting Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA).

The Kendra Scott Gives Back Party is in its second year. Since 2015, there have been four events held by Kendra Scott to benefit CASA. Jennifer Mayer, CASA recruitment coordinator said that these events have raised 1,400 dollars since they began.

At this year’s event shoppers were given a 10 percent discount and 10 percent of the money raised was given to CASA.

Refreshments were served at the event.

CASA is an organization that works toward helping abused and neglected foster care children find safe, permanent homes. The CASA website explains that the idea for the program was conceived in 1977 by a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned with the welfare of foster care children. The first program in Louisiana was started in Orleans Parish in 1986. The East Baton Rouge Parish program was founded 1992.

Most of the funding for CASA comes from federal grants, private foundations, donations and fundraising events. Mayer elaborated on how important fundraising events like the Kendra Scott Gives Back Party are to CASA’s success.

“The organization needs volunteers and resources in order to continue serving every child” Mayer said. “Fundraisers like Kendra Gives Back enable CASA to reach this goal not only by raising funds, but also by generating public awareness.”

CASA brochures on display at the event.

The Kendra Scott Gives Back Party event between Kendra Scott Perkins Rowe and CASA began through a partnership that Kendra Scott had with Terracon Consultants, an engineering firm. Allie Jarreau, a community relations and event manager for Kendra Scott, explained that the firm supports CASA locally and that Kendra Scott reached out to the company with the proposal to hold the fundraiser.

“CASA is a very neat organization to work with because I find that multiple business and social groups support them,” Jarreau said. “So it’s neat that I get to work with multiple business and host different events but it all goes back to one cause.”

Lisa Smith, Terracon client development manager, explained how CASA came to work with her company and how beneficial the relationship has been for the organization.

“All of our offices always pick an association or a non-profit and try to raise money for them,” Smith said. “As of today I’m at 10,000 dollars for CASA. Last year it was 11,000 dollars that we raised for them.”

From left: Jennifer Mayer, Lisa Smith and Allie Jarreau

The Kendra Scott event is only one of the events that Terracon hosts to benefit CASA.

“We’re doing a golf benefit,” Smith said. “So on April the 11I have 34 teams at the University club. That’s our big fundraiser. Its engineers, architects, construction firms that do sponsors.”

However, the Kendra Scott Gives Back Party events are not the first time that Kendra Scott has given to CASA. Kendra Scott’s first donation to the organization was in 2014. The store donated an item toIMG_0676 the CASA Fiesta silent auction during another fundraiser.

Marie Schexnadyre, a Kendra Scott fan and Smith’s friend said that she came to the event to support Smith and Terracon. She explained that the fundraiser was also a good reason to shop at the store.

“It’s a great way to get your name out there,” Schexnaydre said. “It’s a great way for organizations to kind of come together and support each other’s causes. I think that’s really cool.”


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