Who is Melisha Gibson?
How Donations are Used?
What is CASA?
Melisha Morganna Gibson was four years old in October of 1976 when she died a tragic death by child abuse. The
community of Cleveland, Tennessee, was shocked, appalled and deeply saddened that this could happen. The case
immediately gained the attention from national television and newswire services. The community quickly took action and within months the child abuse laws in the State of Tennessee and the rest of the nation changed. 
Supporters of the Superhero 5k and Family Fun Festival give a child the opportunity to be heard. Proceeds help Court Appointed SpecialAdvocates (CASA) carry out its life changing mission; to work tirelesssly until every child shares in the embrace of a loving family. All donations go to CASA’s Voice of a Child Fund. These funds go directly towards advocacy efforts of children in Bradley and Polk Counties. Donations are used to cover costs of the recruitment and training of volunteer, court appearances, visits to meet with the child, and other advocacy efforts. 
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) works with community volunteers to make sure stories like Melisha’s don’t happen again. These volunteers are everyday
citizens appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have an unstable home situation. CASA volunteers speak on behalf of an
otherwise voiceless child and represent their best interest in court. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.