Local event raises money for neglected children

Cowboy up for casa
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The eighth annual Cowboy Up for CASA event was held Saturday night at the NEA District Fairgrounds in Jonesboro.

The $25 tickets included dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, and door prizes.

All proceeds went to the Court Appointed Special Advocates which advocates for children who have been neglected or abused.

The money will go to several counties in Region 8 including Craighead, Greene, Poinsett, Clay, and Mississippi.

The Baltz family, who fosters, told Region 8 News why it is important to them to attend the event each year.

"CASA helped us through our journey of getting our kids," Derek Baltz said. "They were in the foster care system and we've adopted them and CASA has just really helped us out. They make sure it's in the best interest of the children."

Megan Brown, chairwoman of the event, said CASA raised $50,000 at last year's event. This year, the organization hoped to raise more.

"It costs about $1,000 a year to serve a child in the foster care system," Brown said. "We hope to raise a lot more because we had a lot more people here this year. We are excited."

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