Portland, April 12th, 2014. Over 530 guests, including Gert Boyle and Susan Schreiber, joined forces at the Portland Art Museum and raised $613,000 for CASA for Children.
Dr. Aviva Zigman, CASA Board Member Gary Grenley and Auction Steering Committee Co-Chairs Heidi Grenley and Maria Ponzi

The silent auction was a big hit with supporters.

The Honorable Judge Nan Waller and 2014 Stephen B. Herrell Award recipient Jackie Gango

The Honorable Judge Nan Waller and 2014 Stephen B. Herrell Award recipient Jackie Gango

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a nonprofit which swings into action when a child who has been abused or neglected is going through the trauma of the foster care system. CASA advocates work tirelessly to guide them through safely, quickly, and effectively. CASA advocates are granted tremendous authority by the court, and are able to do what it takes to see that a child is not ignored, their best interests and critical needs are addressed, and that the presiding judge is able to understand the true facts of a child’s condition in an over-burdened child welfare system.

Dick and Maria Ponzi enjoying the night

Dick and Maria Ponzi enjoying the night.

CASA for Children Executive Director Tim Hennessy tells the nonprofit's story

CASA for Children Executive Director Tim Hennessy tells the nonprofit’s story

From CASA:

CASAs are in a unique position to work in the system without being of the system. Throughout the process, CASAs have permission to visit the children regularly, talk to a child’s parents, teachers, caseworkers, doctors and therapists in order to hear all perspectives and give an unbiased portrayal of the case to the judge. CASA advocates help kids through the system safely, quickly, and more effectively. 

Our Vision: To advocate for a child in the foster care system who has been abused or neglected and to get them into a permanent home safely, quickly and effectively.

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