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CASA of Chautauqua County announces Come to the Table event honorees, sponsors

MAYVILLE — Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Chautauqua County announces its 11th Annual Come To The Table Fundraiser to be held on Thursday, May 9 at The Chautauqua Suites in Mayville. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the live table auction starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the event is $10 and includes the chance to win a propane grill and accessories, hors d’euvres, live entertainment by Jamestown High School musicians, raffles and more. Ticket buyers need not be present to win the door prize. The public is invited.

Guests are invited to bid on themed tablescapes during the live auction that have been donated and designed by local CASA supporters. Table themes range from “Under The Big Top,” sponsored by Robert Schnizler, AAL and “Southern Tier EATS: Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” to a “Retro Chic Coffee Bar,” sponsored by So Very Shari Creations and Truck-Lite. Currently, there are 30 tables up for auction. Come to the Table provides exceptional visibility and recognition for individuals and businesses that create and sponsor tables for the event.

The Mistress of Ceremonies is Leah Gustafson, CASA board member, accompanied by Andy Campbell as the live auctioneer. Tables will be judged and awarded on categories including, Most Whimsical, Most Artistic, Most Original, Most Elegant and People’s Choice. Among this year’s table judges are Cecil Rhoades of Cummins, Krista Camarata of The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, Eileen Ardillo of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation and Amy Harding of Lake Shore Savings Bank.

The event is proudly sponsored by: SKF, Andy Campbell-Auctioneer, AXA Advisors, Basil Fredonia, Community Bank, Fessenden Laumer & DeAngelo AAL, Hospice of Chautauqua County, Integrated Benefit Solutions, J. Edwards Insurance Agency, Jamestown Awning, Lind Funeral Home, Meridien Energy, Pharmacy Innovations, Mayville Tremaine Insurance, The Chautauqua Suites, The Resource Center, The Trophy House and Wegmans.

At the event, CASA will honor two individuals and one organization for their contributions and support to the program. The Donna Vanstrom Volunteer of the Year Award will be given to Jane Dickerson for her exceptional program volunteerism. The CASA Hero Award will be given to Victoria Patti, former board member, for her years of leadership to the program. The Friends of the Community Award will be given to Cummins for their dedicated commitment and support given to area nonprofits and the CASA program.

Tickets to the event are $10 and can be purchased from any CASA board member, at the door or by calling CASA. To become a sponsor or to donate to the basket raffle please call Kathy Park at 753-4123 or Kelly Fiorella at 753-4132 or email casacttt@gmail.com. All monies raised from Come to the Table are used to fulfill CASA’s mission of supporting volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in Chautauqua County. If you are unable to attend but would like to support the mission of CASA, a tax-deductible donation can me made online at Chautauquacasa.org or by sending a check to CASA of Chautauqua Co., Inc. at 2 Academy Street, Suite 5, Mayville, NY 14757.

About CASA of Chautauqua

The mission of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Chautauqua County is to provide an independent voice in court, advocating for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the pursuit of finding safe and permanent homes. CASA of Chautauqua County, Inc. relies on highly trained volunteers who are appointed by the Chautauqua County Family Court judge to advocate for children in court. These volunteers work with relevant agencies and parties in order to advocate for the best interest of the child. With the information provided by the CASA volunteer, family court judges are better able to make informed decisions as to what is best for the child, choosing options such as returning to their parents, foster care, or adoption.

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