April is Court Appointed Special Advocate month and there will be activity in the form of fundraisers for CASA and public awareness exercises said Trina Irwin, executive director for Saline County CASA.
There will be a series of "Dine To Donate" events at local restaurants. The restaurant sets aside time on a single day on which they will donate a percentage of every bill to CASA. The following list contains the names of participating restaurants and the dates and times at which they will be donating:
- April 4 — Tequilas, Harrisburg, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- April 18 — Liz’s Cafe, Eldorado, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- April 18 — Morello’s, Harrisburg, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- April 18 — Dad’s Barbecue, Eldorado, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Perhaps the most high profile awareness enhancing event is "Hands Around The Courthouse." From noon to 1 p.m. participants will join hands and try to circle the Saline County Courthouse to draw attention to CASA and its funding needs. This community outreach is hoped to increase awareness of child abuse and what is being done by CASA to minimize the effects of abuse.
CASA advocates are appointed by the courts to work as liaisons between the court system and the victims of child abuse who are sometimes testifying against their own parents. As liaisons, CASA volunteers humanize the system somewhat for the child.
On June 29 there will be a young people's pageant titled "Mr. and Ms. Peanut Pageant" open to children age 2 through 13 at the SIC Foundation Building. The children will wear costumes with a circus theme.
Registration for the pageant will be held at the SIC Foundation Building 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 23 and May 15.
At the pageant a playhouse created by the wood shop class at Carrier Millls-Stonefort High School will be raffled. Randy Boyd, teacher of the class said that Barnes Lumber is donating the wood for the playhouse.