CASA for Children of Multnomah, Washington, and Columbia Counties hosted their 26th Annual CASA Golf Classic presented by Fred Meyer Jewelers. The tournament was held at Langdon Farms Golf Club on August 19th. The event raised $215,000 in support of CASA’s mission.
The audience was comprised of over 150 guests and golfers, including: leaders from Portland’s corporate and philanthropic communities, CASA’s Board of Directors, and fine jewelry vendors from all over the United States, including New York, Georgia and California.
In the words of Jon Cook, Fred Meyer Jewelers Vice President of Operations and CASA Board Member: “Fred Meyer Jewelers is proud to partner with CASA for Children for the 26th year of the CASA Golf Classic. Over 3,000 children are living in the foster care system in Multnomah, Washington, & Columbia Counties alone. We are proud to support CASA for Children’s work in the community to help children who have been abused or neglected find safe, permanent homes.”
Thanks to this event, this year CASA for Children will serve 1,133 of our community’s most vulnerable children in foster care with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). A CASA is the eyes and ears of the judge and the voice of the child. Moreover, a CASA works to secure safe, loving, and permanent homes for each of the children they serve.
All proceeds raised from the event directly impact our ability to serve more children with a CASA volunteer. A CASA passionately and tirelessly works to guide a child through the trauma of the court system. Oregon law gives CASAs unusual authority as a ‘party to the case’ so that they are able to ensure that the system does not ignore a child’s needs and that the judge has the information to act in the child’s best interests. A CASA is trained to work with judges, social workers, teachers, foster parents, and family members to ensure that the safety and well-being of the child is front and center.
We look forward to another great event in the summer of 2020 – a save-the-date will be sent soon. If you are interested in learning more about how to become a CASA volunteer, upcoming trainings, or future fundraising events, please contact Anne Marie Johnson, Director of Development and Communications, at 503.988.4170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.