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August 4th, 2009
Kart club cashes $3K for CASA

The celebrities were celebritating at a recent go-cart event to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Central Texas.


The Hill Country Kart Club (HCKC) recently presented Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Central Texas with a donation of more than $3,000 raised by asking kids to race for kids.

The national Kids Racing for Kids (KRFK) event raises fund across the country for sick and injured children. The Hill Country Kart Club chose a local organization to fit that mission.

“We decided to do something a little more deliberate and elaborate and decided to benefit our local CASA organization,” said Tracy Owens, HCKC publicity director. “We love what this teaches our club’s children and how it benefits our community.”

CASA of Central Texas advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system by recruiting, training, and supporting community volunteers.  Advocating for children in this area for almost 25 years, CASA acts as the eyes and ears of the child protection court judge.

HCKC is a non-profit 401(3)c organization that is open to everyone, but especially to families, as karting is a family oriented sporting event. For more than a decade HCKC has held and annual charity race to benefit the community. In 2008, HCKC raised the largest amount of money in history for this event. Both KRFK and CASA were amazed and grateful.

This year, the Kart Club added a celebrity race drawing, even more spectators and putting the total amount raised for CASA past the $3,000 goal. Randy Carroll of KJ97 in San Antonio took first in the celebrity race, but not far behind him were New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boyer, Supercross Champion Heath Voss and Trey Ware of KTSA-TV in San Antonio.

“We are so blessed by the support the Hill Country Kart Club has shown to us,” said Norma Castilla-Blackwell, CASA of Central Texas Executive Director. “I am so happy that, with these funds, we will be able to serve more children in our community by recruiting and training more volunteers.”

CASA volunteers receive an initial 40 hours of training and are then provided with continued training throughout their service time. They also receive guidance from their casework supervisors. Castilla-Blackwell said the funds provided by the foundation will allow not only more trainings to be held, but also better support for volunteers while they are serving on cases.

In 2008, CASA of Central Texas served 246 children in Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe and Hays Counties. But an estimated 430 or more children who did not have the voice of a CASA.

Volunteers are only assigned to one case at a time. Therefore, CASA can only serve as many children as there are volunteers.

To volunteer or learn more about CASA, visit, or call (830) 626-2272.

Hill Country Kart Club is located in New Braunfels on Loop 337. The club races the second and fourth weekends of every month, except for December, and is free to spectators.  For more information, visit

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