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Table Designs For CASA Come To The Table Being Accepted

“Relaxing Day in CHQ” — a 2021 Come to the Table tablescape designed by Julie Ambrose, owner of St. Elmo Spa, is pictured.

MAYVILLE — Court Appointed Special Advocates of Chautauqua County will hold its 13th annual Come to the Table virtual auction Friday, May 14, through Thursday, May 20, at www.betterunite.com/CASAofChautauquaCounty.

Locally designed tablescapes will be auctioned to the highest bidder along with a service auction and basket giveaway. Registration is free. The public is invited.

The virtual auction invites people and businesses to design a one-of-a-kind tablescape that will be featured during the virtual auction.

“We are so excited to see what our table designers come up with this year,” said Kathy Park, executive director of CASA. “They are all so creative and each one brings a uniqueness to this fundraiser. In year’s past, table themes have ranged from Murder Mystery Dinner, So Very Dunn Baking, a Beach Party, Let the Games Begin and even — a Myrtle Beach vacation! These original tabletop creations liven up every day dining with added bonuses such as experiences, gift certificates and home decor.”

Organizations, businesses, groups or individuals can design a table theme for the chance to win the People’s Choice Award. Tablescapes will be judged on the CASA of Chautauqua Facebook page and the winner will take home a certificate.

“This is the third year that St. Elmo Spa has participated in the Come to the Table fundraiser for CASA. This is an event that we look forward to every year,” says Julie Ambrose, owner of St. Elmo Spa. “We have spent the past year planning and designing our tablescape down to the smallest details. We strive to create and donate a tablescape that will be auctioned for a high dollar amount so that we can help support the wonderful CASA volunteers who work hard all year long advocating for abused and neglected children in foster care. These kids count on their volunteers to provide them with a voice during the most challenging times in their lives. Even through the obstacles we are facing now with the pandemic, the volunteers’ support and love for their CASA kids has been astounding.”

Some participants spend several months creating their table. New designers may access the table designer packet online at www.ChautauquaCASA.com. Table requirements are minimum. Themed tablescapes may include gift certificates, experiences, antiques and more. Table designer entry forms are due by March 26.

“This is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year and has become our signature event. Come to the Table is more than beautifully decorated tables, it is a chance for us to come together and serve the abused and neglected children in our community,” said Kelly Fiorella, CASA fund development coordinator. “There is a sponsorship opportunity for every business that would like to get involved.”

To become a sponsor, table designer, or to donate to the basket giveaway email Kelly Fiorella at kfiorellacasa@gmail.com. All money raised from Come to the Table are used to fulfill CASA’s mission of supporting volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in Chautauqua County. To donate to CASA, a tax-deductible donation can be made online at www.ChautauquaCASA.com or by sending a check to CASA of Chautauqua Co. Inc., 2 Academy St., Suite 5, Mayville, NY 14757.

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