The CASA for Clermont Kids annual fund-raiser is approaching

CASA for Clermont Kids will be hosting its signature fund-raiser May 4 in hopes of raising a substantial amount of money to support its work in protecting abused and neglected children.

CASA, or court appointed special advocate, refers to an individual who helps children who have been abused or neglected by their caregivers as the children navigate the legal system in search of a stable home.

“CASA is a volunteer-based child advocacy program,” said executive director Karey Ringland. “We address the best interests of the children who have been introduced into the juvenile court because of abuse or neglect inflicted on them by their parents or guardians.”

The fund-raiser, a derby theme this year, is the organization’s central funding drive for the year.

“We have our annual fund-raiser coming up,” said Ringland. “It’s a derby theme, and its the night before the big derby. We have live music, a rolling auction that starts as a silent auction and moves to a live auction. We have theme raffle baskets, some of which are through the county departments.”