By Roseanne Lewis
Dallas CASA’s annual Champion of Children returned to The Rustic this year with a dinner and an outdoor performance by Cory Morrow, an Austin-based singer-songwriter with a heart for children. Friends in Austin introduced Morrow to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), and the mission appealed to him, so when Dallas CASA came calling for the Oct. 27 concert, he happily said yes. “My heart is all in for getting kids out of bad situations,” he said.
A father of five children ages 5-11, Morrow shared that he thinks long and hard before accepting engagements that take him away from his wife and children, but that he said “yes” because of the difference Dallas CASA volunteers make. He played original songs and cover songs, as well as some old-fashioned sing-alongs.
Dallas CASA Board Chair and Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall opened the evening’s events saying, “We want children to know they are cared about, and that’s what tonight is all about.”
Dallas CASA’s trained and supervised volunteers work to protect children and restore childhoods through dedicated, one-on-one advocacy. In 2021, 1,539 Dallas CASA volunteers advocated for 3,113 Dallas children living in the protective care of the state. As Dallas CASA CEO Kathleen LaValle explains, Dallas CASA “wants to make it possible for all children to fulfill their full potential and dream those big dreams.”
All funds raised at the event help Dallas CASA recruit, train and supervise more volunteers advocates to serve children in need.