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Sumner County CASA celebrating 30th anniversary

Funds will go toward volunteer recruitment and training, more

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sumner County CASA returns to host its annual fall event and this year's celebration is notably special as the organization celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Sumner County CASA Court Liaison Laura Mueller said CASA leaders are 'super excited to be back' and raise some money for our mission and to be able to advocate for abused and neglected children.'

Funds raised from the August birthday celebration and fundraiser will go toward the recruitment and training of new volunteers and more.

Founded in 1992, Sumner County Court Appointed Special Advocates, recruits and trains volunteers to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court.

On average, Sumner County CASA annually protects more than 175 children, trains volunteers more than 1,000 hours and travels more than 15,000 miles.

'We're really excited to honor our history and then also to raise money and move forward with our continued efforts in advocating for these kids,' Mueller said.

Many of the event's prizes have been gifted from the community and range from gift baskets to gift cards and more.

Attendees will be able to bid on items during the silent auction and 50 Bucks for a Duck, where a pool of water with floating, numbered ducks correspond to various prizes that can be purchased and won. A live auction is currently up for debate.

'We may actually have a partial live auction and then also a silent auction, but we're still trying to figure out if we have the right types of items for a live auction,' she said.

Country music singer and songwriter Cory Farley will entertain guests as they enjoy delicious food catered by Bit-OHeaven Catering at Old Hickory Farms in Gallatin, Tenn. on Friday, Aug, 12 at 6 p.m.

Presenting sponsors include META and DPR Construction.

Though tickets are no longer available for the sold out event, sponsors are still needed.

Sumner County CASA asks that anyone interested contact (615) 451-1688 or casa@sumnercasa.org for more information on sponsoring the event.

Unable to sponsor the event but would still like to help? Consider becoming a Sumner County CASA volunteer, attend the organization's networking and training events or donate. For more information, visit sumnercasa.org.

Katie Nixon can be reached at knixon@ gannett.com or (615) 517-1285.

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