Meet the Kasmens
Lawrence and Riley Kasmen are relentless advocates for children, talking often with friends and family about ways they can keep our youth safe from physical and sexual abuse. One of the best resources they have encountered is the Stewards of Children prevention training, presented by the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy (GCCA). The Kasmens hosted a prevention training at their home, sharing valuable tips and empowering information with their Dunwoody community. The techniques shared in this prevention training help the couple keep their two young boys, Hayden (8) and Ryan (6) safe from potential predators.
The Kasmens believe keeping children safe is a community effort, and that is one reason they donated their time, money and talents to the GCCA for the past four years. The GCCA champions the needs of sexually and physically abused children through prevention, intervention, therapy and collaboration. The Center works to ensure that abused children in Fulton and Dekalb County receive all the services needed following a report of abuse at no cost to their family. Over 13,000 children have been served and more than 65,000 adults have received child abuse prevention training throughout Georgia.
Lawrence currently serves as the assistant secretary on the GCCA board of directors. An attorney, he encourages his clients at Kasmen Law, LLC to tour the Center to learn more about the important work it does, and he is now working with the GCCA’s prevention team on a program to provide Stewards Of Children prevention training to all attorneys in Georgia. Lawrence has already organized and moderated three Continuing Legal Education seminars at the Georgia Bar Association, providing this valuable training to attorneys.
Earlier this year, Riley chaired the first annual Works of HeART benefit for the GCCA, and Lawrence gladly combined his passion for the arts and this cause to serve on the committee. However, it’s the GCCA’s largest fundraiser in October, the Cheer for Children Ball, that the Kasmens are excited about right now.
The Cheer for Children Ball, an annual benefit for the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, partners with The American Culinary Federation, Greater Atlanta Chapter to feature a delectable array of top chef sensations and top shelf creations, live music by The Maxx Band and exciting silent and live auctions with bidding opportunities on destination packages, resort weekends and local getaways.
“Unfortunately, many people don’t think about child abuse until either someone they know is a victim or a tragic event is in the news,” says Lawrence. “The Cheer for Children Ball is a chance for our community to come together to raise money and awareness and help make a direct impact on the lives of children affected by abuse in Atlanta. The Center has dedicated people with an incredible mission, and this is always a great evening.”
Once Upon a Time…Helping Abused Children Find Their Happily Ever After
October 16 at 7:30 p.m.
The American Spirit Works, 199 Armour Drive
Tickets are $150, with tables $2,500 – $10,000
Sponsorship opportunities $500 – $25,000