Date(s) - 03/13/2019
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Hackensack, NJ – Have some fun and benefit children in foster care at the same time! CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children of Bergen County is holding its 15th Annual Event: Casino Night: All In for the Children on March 13, 2019 from 6:30pm – 10:30pm at Seasons, 644 Pascack Road in Washington Township, NJ. Tickets are $135. Included in the ticket price is a wide array of hors d’oeuvres, food stations and desserts, open bar and $100 in casino play money. There will also be a basket raffle, silent auction with mobile bidding and other games in addition to exciting casino-style play throughout the evening. To purchase a ticket, please visit the website, www.BergenCASA.org or call 201-336-7520 for tickets and information. Donations for the evening’s auctions and raffles are always welcome. If interested in donating an item or service, please contact Ellen Davis, Executive Director, at EllenDavis@BergenCASA.org or call the office.
“At this year’s event, CASA for Children of Bergen County is honored to present our Annual Angel Awards to Suzanne Ordas Curry, Past President, Karen Cedzidlo, Past VP, and Attorney Debra E. Guston, states Zonie LeSane, President. “We are also extremely proud to announce that Pat Battle, award-winning WNBC journalist and co-anchor of NBC 4 New York’s Weekend Today in New York will emcee our event. Pat is a proud resident of Bergen County and has long devoted her time to helping people and organizations serving children in need.”
Zonie adds, “Both Suzanne and Karen have made a significant impact to our program by restructuring and revitalizing it during their tenure. Debra E. Guston has made the difference in so many lives fighting for the rights of families. We are a small non-profit and realize the tremendous difference a person can make. All of these astounding women deserve this recognition. ” states Zonie Le Sane, President. She adds, “We are an organization based on volunteers so of course at this event we will also be recognizing the outstanding work of our advocates.”
CASA advocates are volunteers that advocate on behalf of the county’s abused and neglected children and work to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to these children while helping them move toward safe and permanent homes as quickly as possible. CASA volunteers are assigned to only one case; either one child or one family of children at a time, which allows them to devote an enormous amount of time to that child so that he/she does not slip through the cracks of the judicial and child welfare systems. In short, the CASA volunteer is an open-minded and unbiased voice for the child in the court process and a consistent and caring person in the child’s life.
About the Honorees:
Suzanne Ordas Curry has been with Bergen CASA since 2011, serving as President for four years. She owns a PR firm and produces independent films which run in theaters and on demand.
Karen Cedizidlo has also been with Bergen CASA since 2011, serving as Vice President for four years. She has been an executive at Panasonic for over 2 decades.
Debra E. Guston, Esquire is a highly-recognized and awareded Bergen County Lawyer and lecturer known for her extraordinary work in dealing and advocating for adoption, LGBT, reproductive and family rights.
Currently, there are more children in foster care in Bergen County than CASA has the volunteers or financial resources, to handle, and Bergen County CASA’s goal is to have an advocate for every child. Advocates are always needed and additional funds help us grow the program. If interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, please visit the website and sign up for an information session.
For more information on CASA, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bergencasa.org. If you would like to make a monetary donation, would like to know how to become a CASA volunteer or would like to know other ways to help, please call Ellen Davis, Executive Director at 201-336-7520 or visit our website. CASA is located at One Bergen County Plaza in Hackensack.
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