CASA of Bell and Coryell Counties recently celebrated its annual fall gala with “CASA in the Country”. The fundraiser was held at Tara Farms “Farris Wheel” Venue on Saturday, October 28th and attended by CASA supporters, friends, staff, and volunteers to raise money for the advocacy work provided for children in the foster care system in Bell and Coryell Counties.
CASA recruits and trains volunteers to be the voice for children who have been removed from their families due to neglect or abuse and placed into foster care. CASA assigns one advocate to each case for them to support and advocate for needs and benefits and work in the best interests of the children while their cases are ongoing. CASA in the Country was successful in raising almost $10,000 to go towards direct support costs of training volunteer advocates and the advocacy efforts they provide to the CASA kids being served.
The event included dinner, drinks, live music by the MC Express Band from Austin, and a silent auction. The program featured Texas CASA CEO, Vicki Spriggs, from Austin and State Representative, Hugh Shine, who represents District 55 in Central Texas. Both Spriggs and Shine reinforced the valuable work that CASA volunteers do for the children they serve and the great need for more volunteers to step up and serve children without a CASA in both counties.
CASA Fundraising chair, Dr. Kelly Barr, coordinated the entire event and made sure the night was one to remember. “Country Chic” decorations adorned every inch of the venue which even included a photo booth for guests to have commemorative pictures made at the event. The dinner was sponsored by Mike and Sara Dent and Wings, Pizza, n Things of Temple. The title sponsor for this year’s gala was Monteith Abstract and Title of Belton and supporting sponsors were Don Ringler Chevrolet and WC Tractor in Temple. The band was sponsored by The Carlson Law Firm office in Killeen. The silent auction proved to be one of the favorite activities with more than 30 items up for grabs. CASA thanks all the local vendors and donors who donated items for the auction. It was a great night supporting a great cause that will benefit more than 300 children that CASA serves in central Texas.