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Los Angeles, CA, Dec 7th, 2011 — CASA of Los Angeles is very proud to announce that one of its most dedicated volunteers, Renne Bilson, has been named “Outstanding Volunteer” by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). The award was given at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon, which took place last Wednesday in Beverly Hills.

The “Outstanding Volunteer” award is given to a philanthropic volunteer who demonstrates exceptional voluntary spirit in providing service in caring for others over a sustained period of time.

“There is no one more dedicated to her work with CASA/LA and to the children that she helps, every day, than Renne Bilson,” said Dilys T. Garcia, Executive Director of CASA of Los Angeles. “She has been a guidepost for all of our volunteers, embodying everything that a CASA should be. We couldn’t be more happy for her or prouder that she is a part of our organization.”

“I’m incredibly honored to have been chosen to receive this award among fellow volunteers throughout all walks of philanthropy,” said Renne Bilson. “Working with CASA of Los Angeles has become a great passion in my life. When you have such a strong connection with a cause, it’s easy to dedicate yourself to it. I’d like to thank everyone involved with the AFP for singling me out among so many deserving people.”

ABOUT CASA/LA – Founded in 1978, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Los Angeles (CASA/LA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in the dependency court system. CASA/LA volunteers are judge-appointed to oversee and advocate for children to ensure they are not overlooked in foster homes or in the overburdened legal and social service system.  Throughout this process, CASA/LA volunteers are often the only unpaid voice speaking up for children and focused on their best interest.

For more information about CASA, Los Angles, please visit www.casala.org.

National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is one day set aside each year for the purpose of recognizing the great contribution philanthropy makes to our society and to honor individuals, businesses and support organizations that are active in the philanthropic community.  NPD was founded by Los Angeles philanthropist and attorney Doug Freeman. The first NPD awards luncheon was held in cities across the country in 1986, after President Ronald Reagan proclaimed November 15 as National Philanthropy Day. Award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch penned the music and lyrics for “Now, More Than Ever,” the anthem for the event. Since then, NPD is celebrated in all fifty states and Canada. NPD offers an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of charitable giving and the spirit that makes such generosity possible.