- Categories: Benefit
- Event posted: June 27, 2012
- Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014
LAWRENCE - Douglas County CASA is taking a hiatus from their annual playhouse fundraiser to introduce a new Casablanca themed party to the community at Mace|i's on July 28, 7 pm. "CASAlanca: Here’s Looking or You, Kids” will delight movie fans during the 70-year anniversary of the Academy Award winning film but offers plenty of food and fun sure to please even those who aren't fans of the famous flick. Proceeds will benefit Douglas County CASA's services for abused and neglected children. Tickets are $40 in advance and may be purchased at the CASA office or from their website at www.dccasa.org. Tickets are also available for $50 at the door on July 28. With the Casablanca movie playing in the background, the party will include a jazz combo, food, drinks, casino games, a silent auction and a special "Here's Looking at You, Kids” display that underscores the CASA mission. Volunteers from Theatre Lawrence will enhance the Casablanca ambience in costumes inspired by the movie. The winner of the new CASA Community Cornerstone Award to a business or organization demonstrating exceptional support of the CASA mission will also be As the agency departs from their Corsoffor CASA playhouse fundraiser for the first time in 20 years, the staff and Board of Directors wiil inciude a tribute to past CASA playhouses at the CASAblanca event. Photos of 19 past playhouses from 19932011 are posted online and the public is invited to vote for their favorite CASA playhouse by July 18. To cast your vote, visit vvvvvv.dccasa.org. The playhouse with the most votes will be announced as the winner ofthe “People's Choice Award" at the CASAblanca event on July 28. Past playhouse builders and architects are urged to contact the CASA office for half-price tickets. The CASA playhouse has been a nostalgic sign of summer in Lawrence for many members of the community, and could return next year if someone steps forward with a playhouse donation. Executive Director Diana Frederick still hasn’t given up hope for a 2012 playhouse. "We can always add a playhouse or deluxe dollhouse to our silent auction on July 28 if someone is inspired to donate one."
With more than 50 children on the waiting list for a CASA volunteer, the need for more funding and community support is greater than ever for Douglas County CASA. The agency has set a $30,000 goal for the CASAblanca benefit and Frederick is hopeful the party will raise even more money than past plavhouse events. "With so many child abuse and neglect cases making headlines in our community this vear, we hope more people will step forward to support vulnerable children who need our help." In addition to financial support, the agency is seeking more volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children. The next training class begins in September; volunteer application materials are available on the agency’s website at www.dccasa.org or by calling the CASA office at 832-5172.
Douglas County CASA hopes to "round up the usual suspects" and engage new supporters as well. Helen Seymour, CASA Board Vice President and CASAblancaa Chairperson, urges the community to join the cause. "lf you have not planned a summer getaway yet, we have the perfect solution: come to CASAblanca for an evening of wining and dining, music, casino games, and auction items you just might not be able to do without. Come with friends; it promises to be a lively event with hopeful returns for the children of Douglas County."