LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - CASA of the South Plains is hosting their annual Casas For Casa’ fundraiser, trying to reach their goal of $20,000 by selling raffle tickets for playhouses for children and a backyard shed.
The funds go back to CASA, a non-profit, which is short for Court Appointed Special Advocate. The NGO relies heavily on volunteers, who speak on behalf of different parties involved in foster care cases.
“They will talk to their teachers, the attorneys, the case workers, anybody involved in that child’s life to try to get as much information as what’s going on with that child to then provide that information back to the court, so that way the court can make the most informed decision possible about what’s in that child’s best interest,” said Gabe Ballesteros, Director of Communications and Marketing for CASA of the South Plains.
CASA’s mission to be there for kids in foster care caught the attention of Valerie Hlavaty, who purchased tickets on Wednesday.
"I’ve lived here all of my life and I have children and grandchildren and any time we can help children who are disadvantaged, then we’re all here on this earth as good Christian people to help them,” Hlavaty said.
The playhouses are built and funded by builders, shops, and banks that donate their resources. Casey Sherwood of Sherwood Construction built the only modern-style 8x5 playhouse.
"I build modern homes here in Lubbock, so I just wanted to bring that same modern design,” Sherwood said.
Playhouses will be on display at Market Street on 98th and Quaker and at United Supermarket on 82nd and Frankford. Raffle tickets can be purchased online or at the Market Street office on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or at the CASA office during business hours.
Raffle tickets are $5 each, but can also be purchased in bundles.
For more about the fundraiser and the raffle, visit casaofthesouthplains.org.