CASA to celebrate Westfield United Fund
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County, the nonprofit that serves as extra eyes and ears for judges in family court cases involving abused, neglected and abandoned children removed from home and placed in foster care, will hold their annual Foster the Dream Gala on Saturday, Nov. 14.
This year’s event – the single-largest fundraiser responsible for the lion’s share of the organization’s funding – has gone virtual due to Covid-19. Traditionally an affair with cocktail attire, dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions, this year’s gala will be special in its own right, and all are invited to attend from the comfort of their own couch. Plans include surprise celebrity appearances, auction items, award presentations, a former Union County foster youth sharing her story, and more.
This year’s Honorable Jo-Anne B. Spatola Dream-Maker Award will go to Westfield United Fund, a grassroots organization fueled, like CASA, by volunteers. For more than 80 years its focus has been helping vulnerable neighbors as well as small-but-mighty nonprofits working in the trenches. Thanks to Westfield United Fund and other longtime supporters, CASA of Union County’s growth continues, with expanded trainings and implementation of a model that vastly increased the number of youth served without impacting staff size.
For details on how to attend and to participate virtually, log on to www.fosterthedream.org.