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CASA of Chautauqua
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Chautauqua County, Inc.’s 9th annual fundraiser, Come to the Table, will be held on May 11, 2017 at Chautauqua Suites Meeting and Expo Center in Mayville. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the live action starts at 6:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy light refreshments and live entertainment from Jamestown High School Orchestra. Admission to the event is $10 and includes a chance to win a pair of Echo Dot smart home assistants. Ticket buyers need not be present to win.
Tables are decorated with a unique theme that event attendees can bid on to support CASA of Chautauqua County. Come to the Table provides exceptional visibility and recognition for individuals and businesses that create and sponsor tables for the event. CASA Board President and Event Co-Chair, Victoria Patti says, “You have to come out to this event to see the amazing tables filled with gift certificates, various items like sports tickets or spa outings, gorgeous table settings and fun things to do locally. I couldn’t believe the creativity and overall dedication to the event the first time I was invited to attend. If you place the winning bid on a table, you get to take home everything on that table.” Come to the Table offers something for everyone: all budgets and all ages. There are multiple ways to participate!
CASA of Chautauqua County, Inc. relies on highly trained volunteers who are appointed by the Chautauqua County Family Court judge to advocate for children in court. These volunteers work with relevant agencies and parties in order to advocate for the best interest of the child. With the information provided by the CASA volunteer, family court judges are better able to make informed decisions as to what is best for the child, choosing options such as returning to their parents, foster care, or adoption.
Research shows that children who have been assigned a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and half as likely to re-enter care. Children with a CASA volunteer also do better in school and score well on protective factors scales. Approximately, only one in four abused or neglected children in our service area currently has an assigned advocate. Monies raised from Come to the Table are used to fulfill CASA’s mission of supporting and promoting court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.
To purchase tickets, make a basket or monetary donation, or need additional information: Please contact Carrie Rinehart 716-753-4132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org