News & Notes
CCJ Receives Three New Grants Starting January 1, 2020
Our Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program received a large grant from the New York State Office of Victims Services that will allow us to hire a Program Assistant for CASA. We're very excited because this will allow us to train and supervise more volunteers, and to help more children live without fear of abuse or neglect. This should be a very exciting year for CASA of the Capital Region.
The county of Schenectady has awarded CCJ two new grants. One grant will expand our Community Service Program. The other grant will increase the reach of the Ready, Set, Work! training CCJ already provides.
All three grants give CCJ important new opportunities to increase the reach and scope of our current programs in 2020. It's going to be a very busy new year.
CCJ Fundraiser Raises Thousands to Help Kids
20 Young Performers Sang Their Hearts out at
Proctors Theatre on April 25, 2019
An amazing selection of youth vocalists appeared on Proctor's stage on April 25’th, competing to win the annual Raise Your Voice singing competition. All proceeds from this event benefited CCJ’s CASA of the Capital Region program. CASA has helped thousands of abused and neglected youth find safe, permanent homes.
The quality of our contestants blew away the audience. While our 2017 Raise Your Voice winner Madison VanDenburg gained fame in 2019 with her riveting performance on American Idol, this year's performers were amazing as well.
This year so many of talented young vocalists applied that twice as many performers made it to the audition stage than we’d planned for. At the event, our judges had a difficult time picking the winners because the talent was that good. While we salute all the talented young people who competed on the Proctor's stage, we congratulate Raise Your Voice Winner Caitlin Tizzone, Blake Zardezad who took second and third place finisher Christina Regar.
Every year local luminaries donate their time and energy as judges and emcees and their work underlies Raise Your Voice’s success. This year Dave Ahl and Renee Lussier-Ahl from award winning local country rock band Skeeter Creek emceed the show. Skeeter Creek’s helped other worthy causes and as Dave told us, "Renee and I are honored to emcee at Raise Your Voice. We love to give back to the community especially when it involves kids. We donate a lot of time to organizations like HUGS, Make A Wish and, Families in Need of Assistance. So helping CASA is right in line for us."
CCJ would also like to thank our sponsors: The Times Union, Neal and Jane Golub, Pioneer Bank, Berkshire Hathaway Realtors, Mohawk Honda, Christian Brothers Academy, YMCA, Colonial Car Wash, Mediation Matters, Stewarts, & Adirondack Screen Graphics. With their help we were able to raise thousands of dollars for CASA of the Capital Region that will be used to help abused and neglected kids find safe homes.