What better way is there to spend Valentine’s Day than with the love of your life and be able to help area children who need a voice.
CASA of Bradley County is currently gearing up for the 3rd-annual Red Shoe Gala. The event will be at 6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day at the historic Old Woolen Mill.
In the past, the event’s theme “There’s no Place Like Home” had hints of The Wizard of Oz. As it will coincide with Valentine’s Day this year, there will be a little twist.
This is why the theme of the gala remains “There’s No Place Like Home” as studies have shown it is less detrimental for the 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.
Because the event will be on Valentine’s Day this year, CASA has decided to step up this event and make it a very special evening that you would love to share with that special someone.
In the past, the evening would be spent with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, light music, and a Red Shoe contest. Businesses may support the event buy purchasing corporate tables. This year, a full dinner buffet will be served.
An Asian menu is to be prepared by Fulin’s Asian Cuisine.
Auction items are piling up, and CASA has hired a fresh new local band to spice up the evening.
The silent auction portion of the event has been very popular with exclusive items. This year, the Chattanooga Lookouts have committed to the silent auction as well as many other businesses and organizations in support of the CASA cause.
Lydia and Jason Just will be providing entertainment.
“If you want to really impress your date, you may purchase a ‘Sweetheart Table’ which comes with your own bottle of champagne and a special valentine. There’s even a champagne fountain and a surprise fun activity that will be sure to have everyone laughing and dancing,” said CASA Executive Director Suzanne Wisdom.
“This is one of the most inexpensive, yet rewarding ways to share Valentine’s Day. Love your spouse and help a child — what more can I say?” Wisdom asked.
CASA is a national nonprofit organization that trains volunteers to serve as guardians ad-litem for children in the court system. That basically means 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, according to Wisdom.
Because a child is not a “legal citizen,” he or she does not have rights in the courtroom and therefore cannot express wishes.
The advocate investigates ther case and prepares a report for what they believe is 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, according to Wisdom.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit CASA of Bradley County’s website, www.ocoeeadvocates.org.
The Red Shoe Gala is one of the most popular fund-raising events held by CASA of Bradley County.
“We are very proud to say that each of our previous two years has been a sellout so it’s advisable to make reservations as soon as possible,” Wisdom added.