Portland, OR. CASA for Children of Multnomah, Washington, and Columbia Counties hosted its 25th Annual CASA Golf Classic presented by Fred Meyer Jewelers. The tournament was held at Langdon Farms Golf Club on September 17th and raised $195,000 in support of CASA’s mission. (Photo credit, Kristi Ebert)

Golfers practice their putts while waiting for their shot at a Hole-in-One and a brand new MINI Cooper.

Chipping Contest in full swing.

The audience was comprised of over 150 guests and golfers, including: leaders from Portland’s corporate and philanthropic communities, CASA’s Board of Directors, and vendors from all over the United States, including New York, Georgia and California.

From CASA for Children of Multnomah, Washington, and Columbia Counties:

Jon Cook, Fred Meyer Jewelers Vice President of Operations and CASA Board Member said, “Through the 24 years of the CASA Golf Classic we have achieved a great deal, but there is still much more work for us to do in helping the many children still in need. Fred Meyer Jewelers is proud to partner with CASA in making a difference for the children in the Multnomah, Washington and Columbia counties foster care system.”

Thanks to this event, this year CASA for Children will serve 1,110 of our community’s most vulnerable children in foster care with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). A CASA is the eyes and ears of the judge and the voice of the child. Moreover, a CASA works to secure safe, loving, and permanent homes for each of the children they serve.

All proceeds raised from the event directly impact our ability to serve more children with a CASA volunteer. A CASA passionately and tirelessly works to guide a child through the trauma of the court system. Oregon law gives CASAs unusual authority as a ‘party to the case’ so that they are able to ensure that the system does not ignore a child’s needs and that the judge has the information to act in the child’s best interests. A CASA is trained to work with judges, social workers, teachers, foster parents, and family members to ensure that the safety and well-being of the child is front and center.

If you are interested in learning more about how to become a CASA volunteer, upcoming trainings, or future fundraising events, please contact Anne Marie Johnson, Director of Development and Communications, at 503.988.4170 or [email protected].