CASA’s July 16 fundraiser is postponed
After careful consideration, CASA for Hunt County has decided to postpone the July 16 “Ladies Night Out: Bachelors, Bags, and Bingo” fundraiser.
CASA for Hunt County strongly respects the social responsibility to citizens as well as the supportive accountability to the donors, organizations, and businesses. A new date for the fundraiser will be announced for the Spring 2021.
CASA for Hunt County thanks the event’s sponsors who have already contributed: Title Sponsor: Money Law Firm; Diamond Sponsors: Atmos Energy and Golden K Kiwanis; Pearl Sponsors: Altura Homes, GEUS, and Journey Golf Carts; and Sparkle Donors of silent auction items.
Also, deeply appreciated is the event’s venue donor of The Texan Theater which has stood ready for the initial event in May, and then again when it was postponed to July.
(All donors and ticket buyers are being offered a return of funds/items, or reserve of funds/items/tickets for the re-scheduled event; as well as being asked to consider offering their contribution as a donation.)
“As a non-profit organization, we rely on monies generated through fundraisers to ensure we remain mission-ready: to provide screened and trained Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers to be the voice for Hunt County children who are placed into the foster care system for their own protection,” said Lori Cope, executive director of CASA for Hunt County.
“This was to be our last fundraiser for our fiscal year which ends on Aug. 31, and it’s a financial blow to us to not have the opportunity to raise money for CASA,” Cope continued.
“This pandemic has affected all non-profit organizations because it has negatively affected so many people, so many businesses. But I would appeal to anyone who supports the work of CASA’s volunteer advocacy for Hunt County’s children in foster care, to please give to CASA for Hunt County. Any amount is appreciated.”
CASA for Hunt County is appointed to serve in 100% of child abuse cases in which Child Protective Services (CPS) is granted conservatorship of the child or children. CASA recruits, screens, and trains volunteers to serve as child advocates. CASAs contribute independent information to the case’s judge so he or she can make best interest decisions for the child or children. CASA volunteers build great rapport with the children they serve, help make sure they receive the services they need, provide an extra set of eyes and ears in the case, and often are the only constant during the case which can last years.
To give to CASA for Hunt County, please click on the ‘donate’ button on this CASA for Hunt County website, or mail a donation to P.O. Box 1571, Greenville, TX 75403.
What it means to be a CASA volunteer
When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate®, or CASA.
CASA volunteers are screened and highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests in the child protection system. CASA volunteers are each assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time, so they can focus on giving that child or sibling group the individualized advocacy and attention they need. CASA volunteers save taxpayers money and children’s futures by helping children find a safe, permanent homes as soon as possible.
CASA continues to provide valuable volunteer advocacy for every abused child in this area. CASA volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child’s situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhoods from abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are frequently the only stable presence in these children’s lives as they navigate the foster care system.
These volunteers bring three critical qualities to their work: they focus on one case at a time; they bring a unique perspective to the court case; and their sole objective is representing the best interests of the child.