This is our first spotlight on one of our CASA donors. We are excited to share the commitment that Biaggi’s has made to CASA. For nearly 11 consecutive years, they have provided lunch to our volunteer graduates on their last day of training. We are so grateful for Sonya Burkhart and her staff at Biaggi’s. They have been consistent supporters of CASA and we truly appreciate their commitment. Thank you!
Sonya Burkhart, Managing Partner of Biaggi’s
How did you first get involved with Vanderburgh County CASA?
I first found out about CASA while attending college at the University of Louisville. While interning for a Judge in District, Family Court, I was fortunate enough to see the positive impact a CASA volunteer could have on the lives of so many children.
After meeting Suzanne Draper, I knew I had to get involved. As a busy restaurant professional, time is limited. The next best thing I could do was to support the efforts of recruiting volunteers. For nearly 11 years, we at Biaggi’s have done just that. By providing the last day training luncheon for each volunteer training session, we can do our very small part in improving the lives of children.
We are proud to be able to participate in this manner for such a long time. Thanks to the team at CASA, they will graciously allow us to continue supporting their efforts.
What made you choose CASA?
When you change the life of a child, you change the life of a family. It is a no brainer to get involved in some capacity to support the needs of our areas most vulnerable children.
What has been one of your most meaningful experiences during your service?
A great number of CASA volunteers patronize Biaggi’s. So often, they take the time to state their appreciation of our support.
As a donor, what kind of trends do you see?
Since we have been sponsoring the volunteer training luncheon, we have seen an increase in the number of volunteers for each session. That is a wonderful thing and a direct result of the hard work that each and every member of the CASA staff puts in. There are so many children who still need a CASA volunteer.
What would you tell someone who is considering donating to Vanderburgh County CASA?
I would tell them the financial resources are much needed, but they could also consider becoming a volunteer.