Thanks to the hundreds of guests and sponsors who participated in CASA Cares: An Evening of Giving for New Hampshire’s Children, we raised a record-breaking $380,000 to support the abused and neglected children in New Hampshire who come to the attention of the state’s family courts.
In the four years since CASA Cares started, this event has raised a remarkable $1.2 million dollars to support child victims of abuse and neglect. This money is used to recruit, train and supervise hundreds of volunteer advocates who provide comprehensive, dedicated and caring advocacy to children who deserve to have a voice in their futures.
Last year, 579 volunteers advocated for 1,488 children from 925 families, yet it still wasn’t enough to meet the demand that has been growing since the onset of the state’s opioid crisis. We had to turn away more than 200 children last year, because we lacked an advocate to appoint to the case when it came in.
But events like CASA Cares help to provide critical funding to help recruit and retain more volunteers to serve more children.
“The generosity on display in the room was just remarkable,” said CASA-NH CEO and President Marcia Sink. “Each year, the lives of more than 1,000 children in New Hampshire are directly impacted by hundreds of dedicated volunteers who serve as advocates. We couldn’t do this work without the support we receive from donors and sponsors of an event like CASA Cares and throughout the year.”
Of the total raised as part of CASA Cares, $80,000 was raised in the live auction, including $10,000 from the new golden ticket, which allowed one lucky couple to win a week-long trip to Tuscany for just the $100 ticket price. An additional $156,000 was raised in the fund-the-need portion of the evening, following the video premiere of becoming CASA. This video tells stories of a former CASA kid, a mom who almost lost parental rights of her three children and five CASA volunteer advocates to share the critical role CASA plays in helping provide abused and neglected children access to safe, healthy futures. The film was generously produced by Jan Sutcliffe and filmed by John Hession and can be seen here.
CASA Cares is our largest annual fundraiser and included a plated dinner, wine and spirits grab, live auction, and the night closed with a stand-up comedy show by comedian Kelly MacFarland.
See photos from the evening in the gallery below courtesy of photographer Kendal Bush.
Thank you to everyone who made CASA Cares an incredible success. We look forward to seeing you next year!