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Red Shoe Gala raises funds for getting kids into safe homes

staff report • Feb 11, 2013 at 8:44 AM

CASA For Kids Inc., whose mission is to advocate for the best interest of the neglected/abused children referred to the juvenile court system in Sullivan and Hawkins counties, will hold its Red Show Gala Saturday to raise funds for that mission.

CASA For Kids Inc., is able to provide its advocacy service by recruiting and training dedicated community volunteers who then research and relay accurate information to the court and monitor the child’s situation. The courts are then able to have children end up in safe, permanent homes more quickly.

In fiscal year 2011-2012, eight staff members, 21 board members, and 119 CASA volunteers worked and advocated for 571 abused or neglected children. Unfortunately, CASA can currently only serve fewer than half the children who need and deserve a CASA volunteer.

How can you help? Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate or help raise money so that CASA can grow and help these deserving children thrive in safe, permanent homes.

The Red Shoe Gala, which will be held at MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center, is CASA’s biggest fund-raiser.

This fun event features a cocktail hour and silent auction, gourmet dinner, live auction presided over by Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, and a dance with music by The Extraordinaires.

As an added bonus, any guest wearing red shoes can enter the “infamous” Red Shoe Contest, presided over by Sullivan and Hawkins counties judges.

Money raised will help CASA to better serve neglected children by having them more quickly placed in safe, permanent homes. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased online or by phone.

To learn more, visit casa4kidsinc.org or call (423) 247-1161.

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