CASA’s Come to the Table event is May 9

Pictured is the Beach Bums Adventure, a 2023 Come to the Table Tablescape award winner designed by Wendy Crino and Janet Harmon of Silver Creek Kiwanis.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Chautauqua County will hold its 16th annual Come to the Table fundraiser 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. Tickets available at the door for $20 and includes hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment by the Jamestown High School Chamber Orchestra, giveaways, live table auction and door prizes.

Guests are invited to bid on themed tablescapes during the live table auction that have been designed and donated by local CASA supporters. Table themes include “Nothing Comes B4 Bingo,” by The Sophisticated Shoulder, “Red, White & Brew BBQ,” by Dot’s Gift Boutique, “To Binge or not to Binge,” by Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, “Celebrate with Food,” by Wegmans, “Fall Football Fun,” by Dianne & Casey Foti, “Summer Lovin’,” by Shari Jamieson, “Woodland Wonder,” by Pearl City Clay House artists, “Momma’s Favorites,” by Danielle Stone, “Rest and Relaxation,” by Theresa Meger and Cheryl Schauers, “Mary, Mary, Extraordinary, How Does Your Garden Grow,” by St. Isaac Jogues Altar Rosary Society, “Sippin’ in the Garden,” by Jacki Crosby, “Summer in the Hamptons: A Rosé-Infused Tablescape,” by Truffle Honey, LLC, “Happiness Comes in Waves,” by Laurie Winkler, “Money Tree” by Riley Ambrose, “Plant Therapy” by Lisa Allenson, “Couple Camp Out Chautauqua” by Brian Masciadrelli, “Guy’s Leisure Time Table” by Jennifer Masciadrelli, “Spa Day” by Julie Ambrose, “Garden Time,” by Kiwanis Club of Westfield-Ripley, plus many more!

Included in the live auction is a seven-night stay in a private condo in Myrtle Beach, a “Heroes Dinner with Jamestown Fire Department” to treat 11 friends to a homemade spaghetti dinner at the Station One Firehouse made and served by the Jamestown Fire Department that includes a firehouse tour; and a “Who Done It” at the RED House – Murder Mystery Dinner. The highest bidder along with seven guests will experience a murder mystery to be solved set in the historic 1860’s Victorian manor ‘The RED House’ in Cassadaga.

The Mistress of Ceremonies is Lisa Goodell, CASA finance committee member, accompanied by Andy Campbell as the live auctioneer. Tablescapes will be judged and awarded in categories including most whimsical, most artistic, most original, most elegant and people’s choice.

During the event, CASA will honor community members, organizations and CASA volunteers for their outstanding contributions to the program. The Donna Vanstrom Volunteer of the Year Award will go to Cheryl Grey for her exceptional program volunteerism and child advocacy. The Mary Rogers Heart of CASA Award will go to Sherman Teacher’s Association for their passion and commitment to children. The Robert (Bob) Schnizler Justice for Children Award will go to Andrew Goodell for his years of legislative advocacy, guidance and support. The Friends of the Community Award will go to Community Bank for their incredible support of area nonprofits.

The service auction offers our guests the opportunity to donate to one of the specific services of the CASA program and will consist of an hour of CASA advocacy for $15, lifebook program for $50, send a kid to summer camp program for $125, a month of CASA advocacy for $125 and a mega support package for $315.

“The service auction is a staple fundraiser during Come to the Table and offers our guests the opportunity to directly benefit the children we serve,” said Kathy Park, executive director of CASA. “Children in the foster care system are often moved from placement to placement, with few belongings. Our lifebook program, for example, is a storybook that our CASA children create to help them track special memories and important life details that they can take with them always.”

Guests will have the opportunity to support the Mary Rogers Heart of CASA Fund.

“Throughout the years, Mary recognized that not all children start on an even playing field, and most children who live in poverty have more obstacles to overcome,” Park said. “She was aware of financial disadvantages to a child’s education and the ability to fit in with their peers.”

To honor Rogers, the fund will provide children in grades K-12 needed educational resources, registrations, lessons, equipment, yearbooks, school outing fees, and other related resources.

Sponsors include Chautauqua Chemicals, Community Bank, Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant, El Greco Woodworking, Inc., Equitable Advisors, Liberty Solutions, Inc., Regal Warehousing Services, SKF USA, Inc., The Law Office of Sally A. Jaroszynski, Esq., Great Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast, and Wegmans.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from any CASA board or staff member or at the door. To make a tax-deductible donation can be made by sending a check to CASA of Chautauqua Co., Inc. at 2 Academy Street, Suite 5, Mayville, NY 14757.


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