Save the Date: Louisiana’s First Lady to speak at CASA Awareness Social

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Have you heard the word CASA recently? Would you like to know more about how you can help CASA? Well, now’s your chance! The 9th Annual “CASA Awareness Social” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12 from 6-9 pm at the Natchitoches Events Center.

Once a year, CASA of Central Louisiana presents a powerful program filled with a celebration of success stories, a silent auction, great food and fun. The Keynote Speaker is Louisiana’s own First Lady Donna Edwards.

Donna grew up in a home where she was taught the importance of family, faith and helping others. They are core values she holds dear and uses to guide her life as she continually seeks ways to make a difference. As a wife, mother and teacher, she is excited to use her platform as First Lady of Louisiana to advocate for kids, families and educators by raising awareness about important issues and connecting communities with needed resources and support.

Among her many initiatives to enhance the lives of children and families, Mrs. Edwards is a true champion of supporting foster children and their parents. She helped launch Louisiana Fosters, a state-wide resource linking government, non-profits, businesses and faith based organizations to build a supportive network for the state’s foster children and foster and birth parents. As she often says, “These are our children, and there is something each of us can do to help make their lives better.” She and Gov. John Bel Edwards are extremely proud of the work being done by the Dept. of Family and Children Services (DCFS) in serving families and helping Louisiana have a record number of adoptions from foster care in 2017 and 2018 as well as the supportive role that CASA provides to DCFS in working with children in the foster care system.

The mission of CASA of Central Louisiana is to ensure that every child in foster care in Natchitoches, Red River and Sabine Parishes finds safe, permanent homes in which they can thrive as quickly as possible. CASA of Central Louisiana is a nonprofit organization created so the children in these parishes have a voice in court by educating and training competent Volunteer Advocates to appear on their behalf. CASA volunteers are the voice for abused and neglected children. The work is simply life changing for all involved!

For more information on the Awareness Social, call 318-238-2446. Tickets are $75 per person and are available in advance or at the door. Table sponsorships are also available for $600. Visit CASA online at www.casanat.org or Text 2Help to 21000.

Help a child in need — When you give, you give an abused child a voice!