Portland, OR. CASA for Children of Multnomah, Washington, and Columbia Counties hosted its 28th Annual Auction: Here Comes the Sun, at the Portland Art Museum on April 5th. The evening’s presenting sponsor was Fred Meyer, and the event raised more than $701,000 in support of CASA’s mission to advocate for the rights, safety, and well-being of abused and neglected children who are under the protection of the courts. This is CASA’s largest single source of fundraising revenue. (Photo credit, Colson Griffith)

Auctioneer Dale Johannes gets the crowd bidding.

Kiersten & her CASA, Cindy, share their story with guests.

The honorary guests included a young woman named Kiersten and her CASA Cindy. Cindy provided support and guidance to Kiersten during her tumultuous pre-teen years through her successful adoption as a teenager, and beyond as she graduated from PSU. This touching story moved the evening’s guests to raise their paddles during the special appeal, which raised over $310,000.

From CASA:

CASA greatly appreciates the generosity of each attendee, and would also like to thank Anna Maria Savinar and Dale Johannes, the auction’s emcee and auctioneer. The event’s success would not have been possible without them.

All proceeds raised from the auction directly impact CASA for Children’s 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 guarantee that the safety and well-being of the child is front and center. This annual auction ensures the continuation of CASA’s advocacy work on behalf of our community’s foster children.