Moffat County community rolls out for CASA bowling fundraiser
Organization seeking greater awareness for work with abused children
June 25, 2016
A regional organization struck out this weekend — in a good way.
The lanes were packed Saturday evening at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center as the inaugural Northwest Rocky Mountain Colorado CASANorthwest Rocky Mountain Colorado CASA Bowl-for-Kids fundraiser brought in plenty of community support. Bowl-for-Kids fundraiser brought in plenty of community support.
Northwest Rocky Mountain Colorado CASA Bowl-for-Kids fundraiser brought in plenty of community support.
The event saw 14 teams slip on their special shoes and get rolling for the cause, as well as enjoying door prizes, a bake sale and silent auction, many in outfits such as tie-dye, Hawaiian leis and feather boas.
Sue Feigelein, the organization's executive directors, said she was thrilled with the turnout. CASA hosted "Dancing with the Stars" in Routt County in January and a masquerade ball in Grand County in February as fundraisers.
"We haven't had a very large fundraiser in Moffat, and that's where the most kids we serve live," she said. "We wanted to figure out something fun, and we're hoping to raise awareness, so it's more about that than money. It's had a great reception, so it looks like this was the right choice."
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CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — provides a network of volunteers throughout Moffat, Routt and Grand counties to assist neglected and abused children going through the court system. Volunteers maintain contact with kids and help determine their needs to aid attorneys, social workers and judges in the process of creating a better life for their young charges.
CASA's website estimates about 400,000 children each year are abused, neglected or abandoned and need a voice on their behalf.
Michael O'Hara, chief judge of the 14th Judicial District that covers Moffat, Routt and Grand counties, was present for Bowl-for-Kids, while Bonnie Robertson, the CASA coordinator for Moffat and Routt counties, led by example, donning a platinum blonde wig as she bowled.
"It's a lovely time, great turnout," she said. "We were blessed with many community members and volunteers."
She added that she hopes the event continues to bring greater attention of CASA's services for abused children.
"We're doing our best to bring awareness and work together and change some things," she said.