Tahlequah Daily Press

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November 8, 2013

Holiday Evening with CASA to raise money for abused children

TAHLEQUAH — Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cherokee Country will hold its popular fall fundraiser in November.

“A Holiday Evening with CASA” will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Activity Building.

 The evening will include homemade baked spaghetti, tossed salad, garlic bread, desserts, and beverages. Live entertainment will be provided by the Tahlequah High School Show Choir. A silent auction and a special live auction will be held, and door prizes will be given away.

Cost for the evening is $15; children ages 6-12 are $7.50; children younger than 6 enter free. Tickets may be purchased from any CASA board member or staff member, or at the CASA office, 304 W. Keetoowah St.

 CASA trains community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who come into the court system as a result of abuse and/or neglect. In 2012, 86 children were served by CASA volunteer advocates in Cherokee County district court, Adair County district court, and Cherokee Nation Tribal Court.

 CASA volunteers get to know each child as an individual, not as a case. Often the CASA volunteer is the only person in the courtroom who has visited with the child consistently and really understands his/her needs.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward enhancing services for abused and neglected children served by CASA volunteer advocates

 CASA of Cherokee Country board members are Barbara Martens, Steve Ullom, Renee Hill, Kriss Harris, Carla Cary, Todd Enlow, Cindy Farmer, John Flores, Warren Hawk, Cathy Welch, and Jim Wilson. CASA staff members are Jo Prout and Liz Rainbolt.

 For more information on “Holiday Evening with CASA,” or to request information about becoming a CASA child advocate, call the CASA office at (918) 456-878.

.m. to 5 p.m., or stop by the CASA office.

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