Child Advocacy Services kick off Cottages for CASA Raffle with party

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

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AMITE – Supporters, partners, sponsors, volunteers, and community members packed The Berry Barn at Liuzza Farms on Sept. 13 to kick off the 2015 Cottages for CASA playhouse raffle. This year’s raffle will feature two custom designed playhouses as well as a seven night vacation stay.

     The party, themed Sundresses and Shrimp Boots and presented by ReBath, brought together builders, designers, and volunteers to reveal this year’s unique playhouse designs. Over 300 people were in attendance to take part in supporting Child Advocacy’s Service’s mission to give voice, healing and security to children in need throughout the agency’s 10 parish region – which includes Ascension Parish – by making donations and bidding on prizes.

     The CASA program recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to serve as powerful voices for children who are navigating their way through the court system in hopes of finding permanent homes through adoption.

     The themes for the playhouses keep with the tradition of being one of a kind creations designed by local architects and built by volunteer business owners and construction companies. This year, the “Decked Out” playhouse is designed by Scariono and Martinez Architects, and will be built by McLin Construction of Denham Springs with supplies provided by Stine Lumber in Walker.  The second, named “The Train Depot”, was designed by the architectural design firm Holly & Smith.  It will be built through partnerships with Farm Bureau Insurance, Alack Culinary Superstore and Amar Oil Company. The supplies will be donated by Gabriel Building Supply in Ponchatoula. 

     Raffle tickets are now available for purchase now by visiting ChildAdv.net or contacting the Director of Community Outreach, Ginger Cangelosi at (800) 798-1575.

    The drawing will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 10 a..m.

     Cottages for CASA generates public awareness and funding for Child Advocacy Services which provides advocacy through our mission to give voice, healing, and security to children.  CAS provides assistance to children and families in ten parishes including Ascension, Assumption, East and West Feliciana, Livingston, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John and Tangipahoa.