Friday, December 17, 2010

Despite Economy, Over $100,000 Raised For CASA

Adams and Broomfield Counties, CO – While most businesses, especially non-profits are experiencing difficult financial times, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Adams and Broomfield Counties raised more than $105,000 during its Kaleidoscope of Hope fundraising luncheon on Wednesday, November 17th. CASA of Adams & Broomfield Counties, which provides advocacy for child victims of abuse and neglect, held their annual luncheon at the Denver Merchandise Mart, attracting four hundred attendees.

Guests gathered to learn about the work CASA does through volunteer advocates who speak up for children of abuse in court. The event featured several speakers, including Judge Jill-Ellyn Straus, who expressed the importance of CASA’s role from the court’s perspective, and Simone Jones, Executive Director for CASA of Adams & Broomfield Counties.

“The overwhelming support that was pledged at this event to help our communities’ most vulnerable citizens during these tough economic times is truly heartwarming. The communities in Adams & Broomfield Counties really understand the significant needs of children suffering from child abuse and neglect,” Jones said.

Guests were also treated to a video, featuring several current CASA of Adams & Broomfield Counties advocates, as well as the real children whose lives they have changed.

While this year’s luncheon has passed, child abuse and neglect is a year-round problem. CASA of Adams & Broomfield Counties encourages the community to make a financial contribution or become a CASA volunteer to help in the fight against child abuse. To make a financial donation, please call 303.654.3378 or visit Individuals can make a single contribution or pledge a monthly donation.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Adams and Broomfield Counties is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that trains, supports and supervises community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of innocent child victims of abuse and neglect. Each year, in Adams and Broomfield Counties, there are over 1,300 children who have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused or neglected, and who are in desperate need of a caring, committed CASA Volunteer to speak up for their best interests. In Adams and Broomfield Counties , there are over 200 CASA volunteers, however there is a need of more great community members to become advocates for children. CASA conducts volunteer training classes three times a year. The next class begins in February 2011. For more information about CASA, call (303) 654-3378 or visit

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