BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - CASA stands for "court-appointed special advocates." They are trained volunteers who investigate possible abuse and neglect of children, then report their findings to the court.
But CASA of Bastrop needs the public's help this Saturday.
Their big annual fundraiser scheduled for Sept. 24 was pre-empted by the largest wildfire in Texas history. They've been operating on a shoestring budget ever since, and hope to recoup this weekend..
"These are local funds for our local community," said executive director Amana Homesley. "We're going to have dinner, auctions and live music."
Last year CASA of Bastrop helped 600 children in the counties of Bastrop, Lee and Fayette combined.
Bastrop County Judge Benton Eskew sees their value.
"CASA is the eyes and ears of the court," he said. "They represent the best interests of the children and they do what the court can't do."
"They do a tremendous job on a shoestring budget, their work is fantastic," added Protective Services attorney.
Saturday's fundraiser is called "Justice is Served Gala." It begins at 6 p.m. at the Bastrop Convention Center with a donation of $75 at the door..
There are now 69 CASA centers across Texas, with 6,600 volunteers and they are working with 21,000 foster children.
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