The Justice is Served annual fundraiser for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Kids of East Texas, is set for April 10 to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect as well as funds to recruit, train and support volunteers who advocate in the courts for the abused and neglected children of Smith, Wood and Van Zandt County.

 

“April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and our community cries out at number of children who are abused and neglected,” said Mary Jo Burgess, CASA executive director.  “Justice is Served provides an opportunity for our community:  citizens, businesses, volunteer advocates, board members, staff, and other interested parties to come together in a fun way to raise funds to support children who have been removed from their homes.”

 

The keynote speaker is former foster child Jackie Davis who will share his emotion-filled story and perseverance to a beautiful adoption and current occupation serving abused neglected children as a Case Supervisor for CASA in Dallas.  Guests will also enjoy a ventriloquist act from Rose Heights Church Lead Pastor Doug Anderson.

 

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Green Acres Baptist Church Crosswalk Conference Center, 1607 Troup Hwy. Justice is Served gets its name from the fun fact that local judges, elected officials and other community leaders will be serving appetizers to the attendees.

 

Celebrity servers will be Representative Matt Schaefer, State Senator Bryan Hughes, State Representative Cole Hefner, Tyler Police Chief Jimmy Toler, Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith, Fire Chief David Coble, Chief Justice James Worthen, Justice Brian Hoyle, Judge Kerry Russell, Judge Jack Skeen, Judge Floyd Getz, Judge James Meredith, Judge Mitch Shamburger, Commissioner Jeff Warr, Commissioner Cary Nix, Commissioner Terry Phillips, Tyler City Manager Ed Broussard, County Clerk Karen Phillips and Judge-Elect Robert Wilson.

 

The auction will feature 80 grab bags from area businesses and over 200 items including a Big Green Egg, golf packages, destination packages, sporting event tickets, wall art, home décor, hand-made farmhouse dining table, jewelry and assorted gift certificates. The auctioneer will be Casey Cade from the show, Texas Flip N Move. 

 

Guests can test their luck by purchasing a chance to open the treasure chest filled with silver coins and a Brighton bracelet or The Heads or Tails game to win a Yeti Tundra Pack.

 

Justice is Served tickets are $150 each and can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/justice-is-served-2018-tickets-42680877654#, by calling (903) 597-7725 or by visiting the CASA office located at 3728 Southpark Drive, Tyler.

 

The mission of CASA for Kids of East Texas is to support abused and neglected children in Smith, Van Zandt and Wood Counties by providing court appointed trained community volunteers who advocate for loving, safe and permanent outcomes.

CASA is a national volunteer movement founded in 1977. There are more than 1,000 CASA programs nationwide and 72 CASA programs in the state of Texas.