Voices For Children/CASA of Brazos Valley invites community members to attend the 12th Annual Art of Helping Children Dinner & Silent Auction on March 7, presented by Wells Fargo Bank. Attendees will join Voices For Children in honoring Jeanette Phariss as 2015 Champion For Children; Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority as 2015 Friends Of Children; and Jim Stiff as 2015 Advocate For Children. This year’s Advocate for Children award will also be commemorated as the Bonnie Wikse Advocate for Children award in memory of long-time CASA volunteer and 2013 Advocate For Children honoree Bonnie Wikse, who passed away in 2014.
“This event is an important way to honor those in the community working tirelessly to make things better for our abused and neglected children in foster care. In addition, it serves as a wonderful platform for our local artists’ talents, distinct items, and destination packages,” says Art of Helping Children Event Chair Penny Beaumont. The night includes dinner catered by Global Event Group, a silent auction, and the awards program.
Voices For Children Executive Director Liana Lowey says the agency’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers served 233 abused and neglected children from Brazos, Burleson, and Grimes counties last year, navigating 80 through the often overburdened child welfare system and into permanent homes.
“The CASA volunteer is the only entity in the court system that has just one child or sibling group to attend to, allowing for a much more individualized approach and the prevention of children falling through the cracks of the larger and often broken foster care system. Children who have a CASA spend on average seven months less time in foster care. CASAs help children find their safe, permanent, and nurturing homes quickly.”
The Art of Helping Children event is one of the main fundraisers held annually in support of the local CASA program. This year’s silent auction features specialty items such as a week-long stay in Durango, Colorado, a Bomber’s Baseball Kid’s Birthday Party at Cellucor Field, and a catered dinner for 20 from Napa Flats in addition to paintings, photographs, jewelry, art of fine living packages (spa, fine dining, etc.), sculptures and more. Event tickets are $65 per person and tickets can be purchased at the Voices For Children/CASA office or online at vfcbazos.org, where you can also preview featured items included in the auction.
In addition to the silent auction and award presentations, Voices For Children will be holding a drawing for a David Gardner originally designed ring. The ring is a nearly six-carat oval aquamarine stone bezel set in 18k yellow gold and surrounded on one side by a stunning half carat total weight ribbon of pave diamonds. Tickets for a chance to win this beautiful piece of jewelry, valued at $6,800 and donated by David and Julia Gardner, are $20 per chance or three (3) chances for $50 can be purchased at the Voices For Children Office, 115 N. Main Street, Downtown Bryan, or the night of the event. The drawing will be held at the Art of Helping Children event, but you need not be present to win.
For more information on the Art of Helping Children event and/or drawing for the pendant, call (979) 822-9700.