Rapid City CASA fundraiser gives children a voice in court

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City CASA held an important fundraiser Saturday night to help them continue serving children in the area.

CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, is an organization that works to give children in state custody a voice in government.

Saturday’s Fire and Ice Gala was the 17th annual fundraiser. Kehala Two-Bulls, executive director of the 7th circuit CASA program, says “it’s our major fundraiser of the year to generate funds to support court advocacy year round here in the seventh circuit.”

CASA volunteers help children by visiting with them multiple times, learning their needs and wants, and speaking with anyone else involved in the child’s life. These volunteers then explain the situation and a child’s wishes to court officials on the child’s behalf.

With a CASA volunteer a child is half as likely to remain in the foster care system. Volunteers come from many walks of life, and CASA hopes to increase their number of volunteers this year.

Volunteer Gwen Menke says she hopes the children she represents break free of the abuse and neglect that they experience in their families.

For more information on how you can help CASA, click here.

CASA is also organizing a Child Abuse Awareness Walk from the county courthouse to Main Street Square on Wednesday, April 10. The walk is set to begin at 5:30, and participants are asked to RSVP by Monday.

To RSVP with an approximate number of participants, you can email DeNean White at deneanwhite@casaofrapidcity.org or contact the Seventh Circuit CASA Program at 605-394-2203.

UPDATE: Due the forecasted storm coming into the area, the Child Abuse Awareness Walk has been rescheduled to 5:30 on Wednesday, April 17.

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