FAITH & FAMILY: CASA hosting “Night at the Disco” to benefit foster care children
Published 12:18 am Friday, March 6, 2020
BEAUMONT — “Justice is served” is the tagline for CASA of Southeast Texas’ biggest fundraiser, “A Night at the Disco.”
“Justice is Served: A Night at the Disco” is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 27 at the Beaumont Civic Center.
“The mission of CASA and what we do, the people we serve, are the children,” Meagan Conway, the interim executive director for CASA of Southeast Texas, said. “The CPS system is an overburdened system. There is only so much they can do, so having a volunteer can bring hope to a child. That’s our mission.”
CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Texas, Inc., is a non-profit service organization that recruits, trains and supervises volunteers appointed by the courts for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. Volunteers speak with all personnel of a child’s case, from doctors and judges to mental health advisors and parents. They also recommend the best outcome for a child at the end of a trial.
Conway said money from the fundraiser goes towards training new volunteers, their travel expenditures and providing children with needed items while they are in foster care.
“(Our volunteers) always have the best interest of the child at heart,” she said. “They do a lot. They are the ones who do all of the work. This is a part of helping them be able to accomplish their end goal to the best of their ability.”
The event will feature a performance from “Champagne Room,” 70 food stations, a cocktail hour starting at 6 p.m. and a silent auction. Dress attire for the evening is 1970s disco.
“We didn’t want to do anything that any other nonprofit was doing,” Conway said. “We wanted something different and fun. We want people to attend because we want them to get to know CASA and what we do.”
The night also features Jefferson County Judges as “celebrity waiters,” as they swap their ties and suits for an apron and wine opener.
Conway said the celebrity waiters have been a part of the fundraiser since its debut.
“The judge is such a huge factor in everything we do in this program,” she said. “So to include them in this event is really a fun way to thank and honor them, even if they are serving us for the night.”
The event spotlights this year’s honorees, state Rep. Dade Phelan and founding volunteer Lauren Brooks.
Phelan is a longtime advocate and supporter of CASA, while Brooks is among the group from Leadership Beaumont that brought CASA to Jefferson County.
All funds from the night go to serve children in the foster care system under the guidance of CASA volunteers and members.
“Anything we get for this event helps us complete our mission of leaving no child behind,” Conway said. “At the end of the day, it helps us help our children and give all the kids in Jefferson County a volunteer and a chance.”
Individual seats are available at $150. Tables and sponsorships are open between $1,500-$25,000. To make a reservation, visit event.gives/jis20 or call the CASA office at 409-832-2272.