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8th annual CASA Advocate Awards Dinner set

Every year, CASA – Hope for Children celebrates the hardworking volunteers that advocate for abused and neglected children in the foster system. The dinner will be Nov. 13 at the Doss Heritage Center and starts at 6:30 p.m. This year will be the eighth year of the Advocate Awards Dinner and the “Roaring 20s” is the theme. Everyone invited is encouraged to dress up in their best flapper or gangster outfit and help CASA celebrate this amazing group of individuals. Past dinner attendants have included Palo Pinto and Parker County judges, lawyers and local officials that have had the opportunity to see the CASA volunteer in action.

CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA volunteer is appointed by the judge to watch over and speak up for abused and neglected children and to make sure they do not get lost in the legal and social service systems or languish in the foster care system. A CASA volunteer is appointed to the kid(s) in the case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home and the case is closed.

After completing 30 hours of training, CASA volunteers typically spend an average of 15 to 20 hours a month on their case. Besides four to five court hearings per year, and a few daytime meetings, the CASA volunteer finds the casework flexible enough to accommodate their schedules.

Sponsorships are still available for the Advocate Awards Dinner. With a $5,000 contribution, one can be a Clara Bow title sponsor, which will entitle them to a table sponsorship, eight tickets, mention in local media and at the dinner, and an opportunity to contribute to the Advocate Bag promotional items. A $2,500 contribution as a Charlie Chaplin sponsor will get one a table sponsorship, eight tickets and mention at the dinner.

If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer or a sponsor for the Eighth Annual Advocate Awards Dinner, please contact CASA – Hope for Children at 817-599-6224 or email casa@casahopeforchildren.org.

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