The Ashland Beacon
Are you a skilled fisherman or just love rippin’ lips on a warm Saturday afternoon? CASA of Northeast Kentucky, a local nonprofit organization, will be hosting its very first in-person fundraising event in over a year. On May 15, the organization will put on a fishing tournament at Cave Run to raise money for their organization.
CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocate. The organization was founded in 1977 when Seattle juvenile court judge David Soukup had to make life-changing decisions for a 3-year-old child with very limited information. The child was an abuse victim. Soukup decided that kids who had experienced abuse or neglect needed trained volunteers to speak up for their best interest in the courtroom. It has now grown into a national organization with thousands of volunteers across the United States.
A very famous quote by Judge Soukup says, “It terrified me to make decisions about kids when I did not have anybody there.”
The role an advocate plays is to essentially represent the child in court and advocate for what is in the child’s best interest. CASA advocates are not attorneys, so they have no legal power. They can only make suggestions based on conversations and observations between the child and their family. The local chapter of CASA serves children in Boyd, Carter, Elliott, and Morgan counties.
“Events like these provide unrestricted funding we can use for things like overhead and operational expenses, as well as direct services for children,” CASA Executive Director Carol Adams said. “Sometimes, grants are restricted to certain line items.”
Adams has been involved with CASA for over 20 years. She said her favorite aspect of being with CASA is being able to advocate for what is truly in the best interest of children.
The fishing tournament event will be held at Cave Run Lake at the Alfrey Ramp. Registration will begin at 5:30 a.m. There will be 5 cash prizes awarded for biggest catch and other categories. The prizes include first place for $1500, second for $1000, third for 500, fourth for $250, and fifth for $125. After registration, the tournament will begin at 7 a.m. and weigh-in for prizes will occur at 3 p.m.
A fishing tournament is an out-of-the-box event when it comes to thinking of more “typical” fundraisers, like 5k’s, auctions, and other events.
“We had a lot of interest in this type of event,” Adams said. “We wanted to host an event that could also introduce us to our new areas of jurisdiction, like Morgan county.”
The volunteers and employees at CASA are excited to return to in-person events. Two of the organization’s four events were cancelled due to COVID. However, CASA took to online fundraising through virtual silent auctions.
For the fishing event, the cost is $100 per boat and boats are limited to a maximum of two people. Interested parties can register online at www.casaneky.org, register on-site the day of the tournament, or call 606.369.4545.