‘Hope for the Future’ raises $95k for CASA


PASO ROBLES — On April 21, the SLO County community gave generously to support the work that CASA of San Luis Obispo County (CASA SLO County) is doing in the North County. $95,000 was raised during an evening of fine dining, local wines, silent and live auctions, and a raffle for a trip to Costa Rica.
CASA of SLO County advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children under the protection of the court system. CASA SLO County is increasing its presence in North County because that’s where 40 percent of children in foster care in our county reside. The first Hope for the Future event was held in 2017 to support this growth, and in two years the fundraiser has helped the organization make tremendous strides in providing advocates for abused and neglected children in Paso Robles, Atascadero, Templeton and towns along the North Coast.
“It’s exciting for us to see fellow community members get behind our mission with us,” said Teresa Tardiff, Executive Director of CASA SLO County. “We were astounded by the generosity we saw on April 21, and grateful that we get this platform to share about the very real needs we see among the foster children in North County. It’s a story that needs to be told.”
In addition, April 2018 was declared “National Child Advocate Month” by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to recognize CASA of SLO County’s 25 years of service to the children in this community.
A CASA volunteer serves as a stable presence in a child’s life throughout all foster placements and transitions, and gets to know the child’s story to be able to speak up on his or her behalf when needed. CASA volunteers often provide vital information to the court when a judge needs to make a decision about a child’s future. To learn more about the work of this organization and ways to get involved, visit slocasa.org.

Photo Caption: ‘Hope for the Future’ event was succesful in raising funds for North County children. From left to right: Jennifer Glenesk, Mark Glenesk, Peggy Zappas, Mike Zappas, Becky Gray, Randy Gray and Mike Bickel. (Contributed photo)

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