CASA Rocks 2019 – A HUGE success.

Ellensburg, WA (September 27, 2019) – September 21st, Iron Horse Brewery hosted the second annual CASA Rocks – Cornhole Tournament to benefit Court Advocates for Children. This year’s charity tournament brought 45 teams to the Rotary Pavilion to compete in a fun-loving game of cornhole.  The tournament started at approximately 2:30pm and lasted until we had our winners, Jeff and Jeremiah aka team In-Laws and Outlaws at 8pm.

The CASA Rocks event was open to the public and community members were encouraged to sign-up as a team of two to participate in the tournament for $30 per team.  However, anyone could come to the event for free if they wanted to listen to the live bands, Jayleigh Ann and The Lost Boys and Cobrahawk, drink Iron Horse beer and try out the new food truck, Broskys.  The money raised from the event benefited the program, Court Advocates for Children (CASA).

A BIG thank you to all of those who came to the CASA Rocks – Cornhole Tournament this past weekend. The event was successful due to your support and generosity.

Shout Outs go to…

  • The PUB by Iron Horse Brewery​, Specifically Brooke Kvinsland​ and Jared Vallejo​ for their amazing support year-round, hosting of the event, and of course beer.
  • Midstate Co-op Farm Supply​ and crew for donating fencing! You guys are generous, kind and supportive. Thank you.
  • Brown & Jackson​ for their generous donation.
  • Shirtworks​ for the t-shirts.
  • REMAX Community Realty​ for their generous donation.
  • KVH Hospital​ for their amazing donation, support and participation.
  • CobraHawk​ and Jayleigh Ann & The Lost Boys​ for the live music, donation and keeping us rockin.

Court Advocates for Children for Kittitas County​ Board Members who helped with set up, participation and support…

  • Dan Hansberry​,
  • Brian Brennan​,
  • Brett Wachsmith​,
  • Shelly Baird​,
  • Rich Elliott, and
  • Sue Taylor Armstrong​.

Court Advocates for Children for Kittitas County volunteers who showed up to set up, participate and support…

  • Debra Schmit​,
  • Jamie Samuelson​ and
  • Kelsey Joy Bankston Majors​.

I hope we didn’t leave anyone out! It really does take a village to protect and advocate for the children in our community.

What is CASA? Superior Court judges appoint specially trained volunteers to speak up for abused and neglected children. Called “Court Appointed Special Advocates” (CASAs), they are also known as “guardians ad litem” (GALs). CASAs serve as the “eyes and ears” of the court. They are independent of the child’s parents and independent of the state’s child protection and child welfare system.  CASAs investigate a child’s case and makes recommendations to the court. They monitor ongoing cases and facilitate communication and collaboration amongst the people and agencies involved with the child and the child’s family. Throughout the case, they advocate for the child’s best interests.

About CASA:
 The CASA program began in 1977 in King County Superior Court located in Seattle, Washington, under the leadership of Presiding Judge David Soukup. By 1999, the CASA program had expanded across the United States.  A national CASA association, headquartered in Seattle, provides support for its member programs throughout the country. Kittitas County’s CASA program began in 1985 under the leadership of Kittitas County Superior Court Judge JoAnne Alumbaugh.  In many counties, the CASA program is a part of the county’s juvenile court. Kittitas County’s CASA program is truly independent of the court, being managed and administered by an independent not-for-profit agency — Court Advocates for Children for Kittitas County, located in Ellensburg. Learn more at