Now that the race horses are back in the barn and getting ready for next year’s Kentucky Derby, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) got to have a little fun and raise much needed funds.
CASA of Southwest Oklahoma has been in Stephens County for almost 2 and a half years according to Kim Davis, executive director.
“CASAs are volunteers who are trained to work directly with abused and neglected children and advocate for their needs and best interests in court,” she said. “CASA has served 38 foster children in that time.”
The second annual “Hats and Heels” event is a Kentucky Derby styled event and is a major fundraiser for the group. The funds help pay for training for the volunteers, background checks, and other needs of the children they are assigned to.
“As an organization, CASA staff trains and supervises volunteers and supports them as they work their cases,” Davis said. “There are 30 to 40 hours of training involved before a volunteer is ready to be sworn in by the juvenile deprived judge and, after the volunteer is assigned a case, staff assists the volunteers with information, guidance, and any other support as needed to help benefit the foster children being served.”
The event was well attended said Davis.
“There were almost 200 attendees at the event,” she said. “There was a live feed on the Kentucky Derby race, a 50/50 raffle, a Best Hat Competition, and a live auction. Winner of the 50/50 raffle was Shelley Presley, who donated her winnings back to the organization and Best Hat was won by Shelly McCord.”
Davis said the largest live auction items were a Dental package from Dr. Coty Shores and a cabin getaway in Broken Bow.
To learn more about CASA a United Way Agency, become a volunteer or donate visit www.casaswok.com or call 580-786-4109.