CASA To Host 10th Annual Come To The Table Fundraiser May 10

One of the tables from a previous Come to the Table fundraiser, which raises money for the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Chautauqua County, is pictured. Submitted photo

MAYVILLE — The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Chautauqua County will soon celebrate the nearly decade-long success of its yearly Come to the Table fundraising campaign, and honor those who have supported it from the start.

CASA will host the 10th annual incarnation of the fundraiser Thursday, May 10, at the Chautauqua Suites Meeting and Expo Center in Mayville — where tables decorated with a unique theme and loaded with items that event attendees can bid on will be displayed. Come to the Table provides visibility and recognition for individuals and businesses that create and sponsor tables for the event.

“It’s pretty incredible to see some of the unique things and tablescapes that come out of this event,” said Kathy Park, CASA of Chautauqua County executive director. “It’s amazing and exciting how much it’s taken off, especially when we look back at where we started. We also want to recognize some of our sponsors who have been with us for all 10 events, which is really something in a small community like ours.”

CASA of Chautauqua County Inc. relies on volunteers who are appointed by the Chautauqua County Family Court judge to advocate for children in court. The volunteers work with relevant agencies and parties in order to advocate for the best interest of the child. With the information provided by the CASA volunteer, family court judges are better able to make informed decisions as to what is best for the child, choosing options such as returning to their parents, foster care or adoption.

Park said the she adapted the idea for the Come to the Table fundraiser shortly after she became executive director of CASA of Chautauqua County from a similar event hosted by CASA’s Utica division.

“I brought it here and it’s kind of my baby, but it’s huge for us and it’s all thanks to people in the community who have supported us and allowed us to expand it every year,” she said.

Money raised from Come to the Table are used to fulfill CASA’s mission of supporting and promoting court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.

CASA of Chautauqua County is still looking for a handful of participants for the event, and is willing to offer advice and support in the design of a table if desired. Additionally, Park said funding has come through to allow for the training of more volunteers for the program. She said those who had applied to volunteer and had been on hold will be contacted by CASA of Chautauqua County shortly to coordinate the training, which should take place in April.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the live auction starts at 6:30 p.m. There will be light refreshments and live entertainment. Admission to the event is $10 and includes a chance to win the door prize. Ticket buyers need not be present to win.

For additional information about the 10th annual Come to the Table fundraiser, or to inquire about participating in the event, contact Carrie Rinehart at 753-4132 or crinehartcasa@gmail.com, visit chautauquacasa.com or find the event page “10th Annual Come to the Table 2018” on Facebook.

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