Photo Info: Former “CASA kid’” Judi Boyce, pictured here with her service dog, Puck, was removed from her home at the age of seven along with her five siblings and placed in foster care. Boyce had a dedicated CASA volunteer who stood by her the entire duration of her 7-year case. As an adult, Boyce has chosen to be “a face” for the CASA program, and will speak at the April 13th “Ray of Hope” Annual Benefit for CASA of the 7th Judicial District. Originally from New Jersey, Boyce is a medically retired sailor who moved to Montrose to intern at the City of Montrose as part of Welcome Home Montrose’s “Dream Job Program.”
CASA of the 7th Judicial District (Court Appointed Special Advocates-CASA) will host their “Ray of Hope Annual Benefit” at the Montrose Pavilion on Saturday, April 13th, from 6-9pm. The benefit is held annually in April, during National Child Abuse Awareness Month and will include elements to both inform and enjoy. The 7th Judicial District is comprised of Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, San Miguel, Ouray, and Hinsdale counties.
The event will include a raffle, a live auction, and a dessert dash. Desserts are being donated from throughout the 7th Judicial District. Each table selects a ‘dasher’ to choose a dessert, and the table with the highest total bid has first chance to choose a dessert, with the second highest being called a few seconds later, and so on. CASA Development Director Stacey Ryan said, “It’ll be fun, fast, and furious—it’ll be a DASH!”
Pine Cone Catering Company is catering the event, and a quartet of young musicians from the Valley Youth Orchestra will entertain dinner guests. The Valley Youth Orchestra has representatives from the same counties as the 7th Judicial District and is part of the Valley Symphony Association.
Tickets are $50 per person. A “Table of 10 Friends” is available for $450. Sponsorship packages are available at 10-Speed, Tricycle, and Red Wagon levels. Corporate tables are also available. To attend, sponsor, volunteer, or donate to the event, call CASA at (970) 249-0337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASA serves abused and neglected children who have been removed from their homes and find themselves in the courts and child welfare systems through no fault of their own. CASA’s mission is to help break the cycle of child abuse and neglect, and to advocate for safe, permanent, nurturing home for children, utilizing highly trained and dedicated volunteers.
CASA is affiliated with the National CASA Association and CASA in Colorado. CASA began serving the six-county area that comprises the 7th Judicial District in 2000. To learn more about CASA’s mission and child advocacy efforts, for information about becoming a CASA volunteer, or to donate or otherwise support the program, call CASA at (970) 249-0337 or email email@example.com. For information about National CASA, visit their website at www.casaforchildren.org.