Cass County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children) hosted its 11th annual dinner and auction Friday, June 23, at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Edwardsburg, Michigan. Auction chairs this year were Denise Wierman and Beth Cripes with assistance from the CASA board, volunteer advocates, and staff. Over 150 supporters attended this year’s event. A Friends of CASA reception hosted by the Honorable Susan L. Dobrich preceded the dinner and auction and was held in the church’s reception area. Beer and wine selections were again donated by KB Village Express, Phillips 66 in Cassopolis. Following a brief presentation, including recognition of the retirement of Jim Ward, CASA Program Director for the past nine years. Attendees moved into the church’s social hall where a delicious prime rib and broasted chicken dinner was provided by Faulkner’s Catering. Following dinner, Giovan Bazan spoke about his experience in the foster care system and emphasized the importance of loving and caring adults such as the CASA volunteers who provide non-judgmental support to foster children as they move through the system. After the presentation, Jim Miller, auctioneer began the bidding on a total of 10 items, encourage the Auction attendees’ participation in the “call to the heart” donations and ended the evening with the drawing of the winning raffle ticket for one of three luxury trips. This year’s fundraiser was deemed a success with net income in excess of $55,000.
The CASA Board would like to thank everyone who participated in this successful event. We appreciate the generosity of our community and their willingness to support such a worthy cause. Cass County CASA was started by the Honorable Susan Dobrich of the Cass County Family Court in 1995. CASA is a not-for-profit agency of trained volunteers from the community who are appointed by the judge to advocate for abused and neglected children in foster care. If you are interested in learning more about being a volunteer advocate or a board member, contact Director, Ella Ryder, at 269.445.4431, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.casscocasa.org.