Volunteers and supporters of Ottawa County CASA honored

On August 23, a gathering of CASA volunteers and supporters was held at the home of Wade and Linda O’Brian.   Robyn Sautter, Board President welcomed and thanked the volunteers for their dedication to more than 80 children in Ottawa County served through the Juvenile Court system over the last year.  Judge Kathleen Giesler also spoke to the volunteers reminding them that they are the “voice” of the child in the courtroom and how their insight is invaluable in making decisions for these most vulnerable children.

Several awards were given: The Rising Star Award given to a CASA volunteer with under two years of service that shows exceptional strength in professionalism and responsibility was given to Jim Olsen.  The Volunteer of the Year Award given to someone serving more than two years with exceptional strength and character was awarded to Jennie Dornbusch, who logged in excess of 8500 miles and 420 hours of volunteer time on behalf of children desperately in need.  The Jennie R. Dornbusch Beacon of Light award is given to those individuals that contribute their time and resources to advance the CASA program in Ottawa County.  Award recipients were: Lori Clune, Ann Duez and Gary and Rosalyn Barnhill.

CASA volunteers work with children involved in the Court system for abuse, neglect and dependency.  Volunteers are always needed, for more information, please contact Connie Cornett at 419-301-0225.


The Amazing Island Raise

The Amazing Island Raise kicked off 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, from The Catawba Inn. 33 teams of raisers headed to Put-in-Bay on the noon Miller Ferry to race around the island just like the Amazing Race. These teams solved clues and completed challenges to win prizes while raising funds and awareness for Joyful Connections and Ottawa County CASA. These two children’s charities support and advocate for families and children in crisis.

This is the second season of The Amazing Raise-Put-in-Bay style and the number of teams and individuals participating has more than doubled! Joyful Connections and CASA would like to thank the sponsors, teams and all who have supported this great event!

Thank you,

Joyful Connections and Ottawa County CASA



The Amazing Raise raises money for Joyful Connections and CASA

Photos by Rob Zajac

On Saturday, June 14, thirty three teams traveled to Put-in-Bay to participate in the Amazing Raise to benefit Joyful Connections and Ottawa County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). The thirty three teams, which more than doubled the number of last year’s fifteen teams, were made up of 160 people. The teams traveled the island to eight different locations and at each location they were asked to complete a task to earn a clue for their next destination.

In addition to the eight main destinations, there were master challenges including having teams ask for donations from residents with the most cash raised getting a prize.

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