Suzanne Wisdom, executive director of CASA of Bradley County, said just a few seats are available for one of CASA’s most successful fundraising events.
“The evening will be filled with fun, an auction, music and dance. Red shoe contests will be held and this year, we are serving Asian cuisine, a little twist on the most romantic holiday of the year,” Wisdom said.
The third annual Red Shoe Gala begins at 6 p.m. Friday and is held at the Old Woolen Mill in downtown Cleveland.
Each year the event sells out.
Jason and Lydia Just will be this year’s entertainers.
Auction items including vacation getaways, game tickets, dinners, goody baskets, gourmet meals and more have been donated to the organizers.
The theme of the past remains: “There’s no place like home.”
As studies have shown, it is less detrimental for a child to remain with family (parents, grandparents, etc.) than to enter the foster care program. The name “Red Shoe Gala” refers to Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, according to Wisdom.
CASA is a national nonprofit organization that trains volunteers to serve as guardians ad-litem for children in the court system. That means that if a child is involved in a custody battle or has been taken from his or her home, a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) might be appointed by a judge to step in and serve as a voice for the child, Wisdom explained.
Because a child is not a “legal citizen,” he or she does not have rights in the courtroom and therefore cannot express his wishes. The advocate investigates his case and prepares a report for what is believed to be in the best interest of the child. It is the goal of CASA of Bradley County to keep the natural family together if at all possible while keeping the child out of harm’s way, Wisdom stressed.
For more information and to purchase tickets, call 716-1844, or visit CASA of Bradley County’s website, www.ocoeeadvocates.org