CASA Home Tour to benefit children in need

The 22nd annual Court Appointed Special Advocates Christmas Home Tour is set for Dec. 13 and 14 and will feature seven distinctive homes in the master-planned communities of Sienna Plantation and Riverstone as well as homes in First Colony, Lakes of Williams Ranch and Foster Creek Estates.

The CASA tour—which showcases lavish holiday home decorations in some of Sugar Land and Missouri City's premier neighborhoods—is underwritten by the Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation. Other underwriters include the Exchange Club of Quail Valley and Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital as well as several other businesses, organizations and individuals.

Proceeds from the event benefit Child Advocates of Fort Bend—a nonprofit organization that provides support and raises awareness for children affected by trauma, abuse and neglect.

"[The event] raises awareness of the issue of child abuse," said Ruthanne Mefford, executive director of Child Advocates of Fort Bend. "It is important for us to get the word out to our community and also let them know there is a place for these children to get help."

According to the organization, about 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys in the United States will suffer from abuse by the age of 18. The organization started the CASA Home Tour when it was first established 22 years ago and has raised more than $3.5 million through the event.

"This is also our largest fundraiser," Mefford said. "Because everything is donated from businesses and we use volunteers, 95 percent of the proceeds go directly to the children who need it."

About 2,000 guests are expected to attend the tours this year, and the organization is looking for about 1,500 volunteers to help throughout the weekend. The event is expected to raise nearly $200,000—about 20 percent of the organization's annual budget.

Local businesses also come together for the event each year to help with decorations and refreshments. Pat Houck, owner of House of Blooms in Sugar Land Town Square has been involved with the event for five years.

"CASA reaches out to so many individuals within the community," Houck said. "This is one of our ways of giving back to the community."

The event is from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and includes a tour of each of the seven homes, entertainment from local artists, refreshments and a $15 special tour lunch from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at Sweetwater Country Club. A candlelight tour is held Dec. 13 from 6–9 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and include all seven tours. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the Sweetwater guardhouses at Sweetwater Boulevard and Palm Royale in Sugar Land, or in advance from Fort Bend County Kroger and Randalls grocery stores. Reservations can also be made online at www.cafb.org. For more information on the event or volunteer opportunities, call 281-344-5108.

SHARE THIS STORY


MOST RECENT

As of April 3, Fort Bend County is reporting 221 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, up from 194 just one day prior. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Latest coronavirus news in Sugar Land, Missouri City: Confirmed cases in Fort Bend County top 200

Here are the latest coronavirus-related developments from around Sugar Land, Missouri City, Fort Bend County and Fort Bend ISD.

Houston Airport System officials expect March passenger data to be significantly lower than in other months. Foot traffic at IAH was light March 24. (Emily Heineman/Community Impact Newspaper)
TSA limits checkpoints at George Bush Intercontinental Airport; Houston Airport System expects significant decline in March passengers

With low passenger travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at George Bush Intercontinental Airport have been consolidated to make better use of resources and personnel, Houston Airport System officials said.

Prices are more of an indicator of real estate activity during the coronavirus pandemic than location or geography, a local Realtor said.
ROUNDUP: 5 recent coronavirus stories from the South Houston area readers should know

Catch up on some of the latest coronavirus updates for the South Houston area below.

The $2 trillion federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act—also known as the CARES Act—provides millions of dollars in relief to small businesses nationwide. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce shares information about small-business relief programs

Community Impact Newspaper sat in on the chamber's webinar in order to share answers to frequently asked questions about the CARES Act.

Volunteers unload food donations for the Montgomery County Food Bank. (Courtesy Drive West Communications)
ExxonMobil makes $250,000 donation to local food banks

The energy company said the Houston Food Bank will receive $200,000, including $50,000 in gasoline gift cards. The Montgomery County Food Bank will also receive $50,000.

(Beth Marshall/Community Impact Newspaper)
PEOPLE FEATURE: Former intern Mike Goodrum steps into Sugar Land city manager role

Formerly the city manager of Coral Springs, Florida, Goodrum got his start in city government as an intern for the Sugar Land Parks & Recreation Department.

Left to right: Salim Nathani, Noureen Nathani and Sadruddin Currimbhoy are members of Bright Offerings' board. Bright Offerings aims to economically empower people through apprenticeship programs. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
NONPROFIT: Bright Offerings connects candidates to companies and colleges for apprenticeships

Bright Offerings, a Sugar Land-based nonprofit, has worked to economically empower 75 job candidates through its apprenticeship program in the past two years.

Over the last decade, Fort Bend County’s population grew from 584,699 to 811,688. (Courtesy Pexels)
Fort Bend County one of fastest-growing counties in Texas, United States last decade

In the last decade, Fort Bend County's population grew by 38.8%, making it the fifth-fastest-growing county in the state by percent growth.

The employees of The Adventure Begins Comics, Games & More gather their characters together in "Animal Crossing: New Horizons." (Kate Looney/The Adventure Begins Comics, Games & More)
5 recent business stories from the Houston area readers should know

Read updates on how local businesses are reacting in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Prices are more of an indicator of real estate activity during the coronavirus pandemic than location or geography, a local Realtor said.
Q&A: Houston-area Realtor describes changes in business during coronavirus outbreak

Prices are more of an indicator of real estate activity during the coronavirus pandemic than location or geography, a local Realtor said.

This is a test kit for COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Courtesy National Institutes of Health)
UT Physicians opens coronavirus testing location in Missouri City

Individuals must have an order from their health care provider and call to make an appointment before arriving for testing.

Many renters in the Greater Houston area may be faced with struggles paying rent amid the coronavirus outbreak. There are local resources located throughout the region that can help. (Courtesy Pexels)
Struggling to pay April rent? Here are some resources in the Greater Houston area

The deadline for April rent is looming as renters—both in public and private housing—in the Greater Houston area may be struggling financially in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.