Winnebago County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program will be holding a Wine Tasting fundraiser at Artale’s Wine Company, 6876 Spring Creek Road, on February 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person which will go towards supporting CASA. Participants can sample over 30 wines and enjoy appetizers from Josef’s Restaurant. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. For more information about the wine tasting contact Karen Schiller at 815-319-6880 or KSchiller@WinnebagoCountyCasa.org.
CASA volunteers, who are appointed by the Juvenile Abuse & Neglect Court Judge, advocate for abused and neglected children during court proceedings. CASA makes recommendations to the Judge about what they believe to be in the best interests of the children. Most victims being helped by CASA have been abused or neglected in their homes by a parent or caretaker. More than 1,500 children each year are abused and neglected in Winnebago County alone.
Those interested in becoming a CASA volunteer can contact their office at 815-319-6880. Training sessions are held throughout the year.