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COVER: Kwik Chek Food Stores Inc. district manager Spencer Larsen and Wimberley store manager Jamie George are shown with Tricia Schneider and Norma Castilla-Blackwell, CASA of Central of Texas’ development director and executive director, respectively. The nonprofit group received $3,000 from the convenience store chain’s annual golf tournament. SUBMITTED PHOTO


An annual golf tournament hosted by Kwik Chek Food Stores and McCraw Oil has raised $60,000 for 11 non-profit child advocacy agencies including CASA of Central Texas Inc.

Kwik Chek, a Bonham-based chain of convenience stores with locations in Wimberley and Johnson City, raises money each year for Court Appointed Special Advocate programs in counties where they operate businesses. Company president Bill Wilson is the board chair of the CASA program at the Fannin County Children’s Center in Bonham.

“We are grateful for Kwik Chek and McCraw Oil for their longstanding support of CASA and the best interests of children and youth in the child protection system. This donation will help us make a difference in the lives of these most vulnerable children,” executive director Norma Castilla-Blackwell said. CASA of Central Texas has been a beneficiary of the Kwik Chek/McCraw Oil golf tournament since 2009 and received $3,000 this year.

Volunteers recruited and trained by New Braunfels-based CASA of Central Texas advocate for the interests of abused and neglected children in Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe and Comal counties. In 2015, CASA of Central Texas served 445 children in its four-county area, Castilla-Blackwell said.

Last year, 72 local CASA programs across Texas provided trained advocates for more than half of the 46,600 in the state’s child protection system. Statewide, 66,500 children were confirmed victims of abuse and neglect in 2015.

For information, visit CASA of Central Texas’ website here.

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