Actress and authoress Victoria Rowell was honored today by CASA of Washington, D.C., at their Fostering Hope Awards Luncheon for a cause that’s near and dear to her heart.
CASA awarded Victoria and two other activists with the prestigious Hope Award for the incredible work they’ve done with the organization. CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, works to make the lives of abused and neglected children within the child welfare system better through the use of court-appointed, specially trained volunteers.
Victoria, a product of the foster system herself, has gone on to pen the New York Times Extended Bestseller, The Women Who Raised Me, about her experiences in the foster care system and the many women who were brought into her life because of it. HBO recently auctioned the memoir and hopes to create a four-year series with Victoria serving as a co-executive producer.
Victoria has been a part of the CASA family for over 15 years and was so incredibly honored by the recognition. She credits her success not only to the men and women who raised her, but also to art.
“Art saved my life,” she said. “I believe we need to put it back into our public school system…it is an anchor for so many children who otherwise would not be able to express themselves.”
Among the other honorees was Judge Lee F. Satterfield, who is the Chief Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Judge Satterfield has been involved with CASA for over eight years, and he says that he absolutely realizes the necessity and importance of this organization and others like it.
“It’s always significant to give of your time, and to give your time to children in need,” he said. “I’m very grateful to this organization and their volunteers.”