Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center, CASA surpass fundraising goal in first joint gala

Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Williamson County held a joint fundraising gala March 4 at Kalahari Resorts Texas in Round Rock. (Courtesy Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Williamson County)
Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Williamson County held a joint fundraising gala March 4 at Kalahari Resorts Texas in Round Rock. (Courtesy Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Williamson County)

Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Williamson County held a joint fundraising gala March 4 at Kalahari Resorts Texas in Round Rock. (Courtesy Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Williamson County)

Destination: Hope, a joint fundraising gala hosted by the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center and the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Williamson County on March 4, grossed more than $325,000—surpassing the two nonprofits’ goal of $200,000.

The net proceeds will be equally divided between the two organizations and go toward their respective missions of serving victims of child abuse in the county, according a press release.

“We are thrilled with the response and support we received for this event,” said Marissa Austin, CASA of Williamson County CEO, said in the release. “It is unusual for a first-time fundraiser to meet its revenue target, and there are no words to thank our supporters for helping us exceed our goal by 40%.”

WCCAC CEO Kerrie Stannell said the gala’s theme aimed to transport attendees back to fond members of their childhood.

“Future galas will maintain the travel theme, but each year will be a voyage to a different destination,” Stannell said in the release. “It is our hope that every whimsical evening will motivate our community to help the many children who may not have the same enchanting memories to carry them into adulthood.”


Separate from the gala, the WCCAC has an ongoing capital campaign to raise money for its ongoing expansion.

Members of the community can learn more about how to support the two nonprofits here and here.
By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Northwest Austin

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.