52nd Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast to Benefit CASA -- Advocates for Abused/Neglected Kids

KANSAS CITY, MO (Feb. 5, 2013) – The 52nd Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast, to be held from 7:30 - 9 a.m. March 6, will benefit CASA, which advocates for abused and neglected children under court protection. Rockhurst High School Physical Education Department Chairman and Head Football Coach Tony Severino will speak at the breakfast in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center, 301 West 13th Street.

Proceeds from the 52nd Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast, expected to attract approximately 1,000 participants, will benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), according to event chair Jared Campbell.

Last year, 459 local CASA volunteers advocated for 1,314 abused/neglected children, approximately one-third of those under court protection across Greater Kansas City. Through contact with the child, family members, and other interested parties, a CASA volunteer provides critical information to the Judge, so the best possible decisions can be made regarding where that child should live and what services they need. While each case is different, a CASA volunteer usually spends about 10 hours a month meeting with the child, speaking with others involved, and attending meetings or court hearings.

Studies show that having a CASA volunteer involved improves the quality of the outcome for the child. CASA children are usually in the system for less time and are less likely to be re-abused. Every dollar spent on CASA yields $23 in savings in the foster care and family court systems.

In addition to learning how it takes only a few hours a month to have a large impact on the life of a child, those attending the 52nd Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast will hear from speaker Tony Severino, Head Football Coach at Rockhurst High School. Severino follows a long, distinguished line of speakers sought after for their emphasis on morality, ethics and spirituality in business, labor, the professions and government. Jesse Owens, Jane Chu, Henry Bloch, Michael Oher, and Buck O’Neil are just a few of the past speakers.

The Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast Committee was founded in 1961 by H. Roe Bartle and Clair Schroeder, a banker and officer with the predecessor of UMB Bank. It was the nation’s first prayer breakfast organization to include members of all faiths, communities, races, creeds, national origins and ethnic groups on the Steering Committee and Corporate Organization.

It was the first lay breakfast group, with no elected officials or members of the clergy on the Steering Committee and Corporate Organization. It also was the first prayer breakfast group in the nation to incorporate a cardinal principle not to include an evangelistic effort to convert individuals to another major faith or denomination, and not to permit proselytizing individuals of one major faith or denomination by another.

The first breakfast was held on February 22, 1962. For more information or to register for the 52nd Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast, please visit www.kccmpb.com or call 816-863-0992.

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Media contact: Jared Campbell
jaredmcampbell@outlook.com 816-304-2790

Lauren Fasbinder lfasbinder@fasbinderpr.com 913-685-0700

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