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Submitted by Cary Greenfield

Barbara Jean Barta was recently awarded the 2017 Alice Bradford Award. The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Glynn designation is given to volunteers within the organization who embody the qualities of Alice Bradford, a driving force behind the establishment of CASA Glynn.

Lillian Clarke, chair of the CASA Glynn Board of Directors, says Barta embodies all of the qualities Bradford exhibited, including a love of children and desire to be a voice for each child who suffered from abuse and neglect. The award was established in Bradford’s honor and is given to the board member who displays a devotion to CASA Glynn and the children in Glynn and Camden Counties who need a voice.

“Modest, quiet, funny, this is our Barbara Jean. She is never without a funny story. Barbara Jean has quietly made many contributions to CASA Glynn. She is always there for the children in Glynn County whenever there is a need, and never seeks recognition or even thanks. Attentive to the needs, she is always an encouraging voice in both words and deeds,” Clarke said.

“Barbara Jean has been wonderfully generous with our training classes, fundraisers, and even while hosting CASA groups from around the state. She is a true champion for the children and a great warrior for CASA. Due to her sense of commitment, humility and decency it is an honor to have Mrs. Barbara Jean Barta as the 2017 Alice Bradford recipient.”

Barta owns Barbara Jeans Restaurant with her husband, Jim, on St. Simons Island, pictured.