On Saturday, CASA of the Heartland held their biggest fundraising event of the year, the annual Farm to Fork event at Highland Sod Farms in Elizabethtown. With support from 180 attendees, CASA of the Heartland raised $69,296 to support their efforts for the upcoming year.
“Farm to Fork is a great event because not only do we get to raise money to continue our mission of providing advocates for children, but we get to see our supporters and say thank you with a fun event,” said Executive Director Michelle Kail.
This year’s event included live entertainment from the band Limestone Creek, live and silent auctions, along with locally grown, farm-fresh dishes supplied by local farmers and prepared by local chef, Tony York of Tony York’s on Main in Glendale.
“When CASA announced they were going to have a Farm to Fork event, it was a perfect match for our business to get involved. We helped supply the meat for the event,” said Phillip Stith of Stith Family Farms in Payneville. “CASA is a great organization that we believe in and it's important for local businesses to get involved in any way that they can.”
During the event, CASA thanked several community sponsors for the success of their event and fundraising efforts, such as BlueOval SK.
“Our hope is that through our local business and community partnerships, we can gain more volunteers and resources for our organization, ” said Kail. “Events like Farm to Fork unite our community as we work together to provide support to the most vulnerable children in our area.”
CASA of the Heartland was organized in Hardin County in 2007 to recruit, train, and support community volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused, neglected and dependent children under the protection of the Hardin County Family Court system. As of this year, the organization serves children in LaRue County as well.
As CASA of the Heartland continues to expand their services, their goal is to raise funds and community awareness to help serve and support as many children as possible. There are currently 38 children on the waiting list for a CASA volunteer in Hardin and LaRue counties.
To get involved with CASA of the Heartland or to learn more about their mission, visit casaheartland.org or call 270-982-2274.
About CASA of the Heartland: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Heartland is a non-profit child advocacy organization based in Elizabethtown, Ky., that serves all of Hardin County, LaRue County, and Fort Knox. CASA recruits, trains, and supports a network of volunteers, who are court-appointed to act as advocates for abused and neglected children under the protection of the County Family Court system. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives—an adult who is dedicated to watching out for them and who advocates for their best interest alone.