CASA dinner, auction raise $12,000

Jack Southworth, right, auctions items at a CASA benefit.

The second annual CASA St. Patrick’s Day dinner and auction raised more than $12,000 for the organization that advocates for children.

Grant-Harney County CASA Executive Director Hannah Hinman said the event was an “incredible success.”

“The amount of community support we received for this event was humbling,” she said. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to put that support to work recruiting and training advocates for abused and neglected children in our communities. I continue to be impressed by the various ways people in this small county show up for causes important to them.”

The event featured dinner and silent and live auctions to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates. Forty-two local businesses and individuals donated twice as many items as last year. Seventeen desserts were contributed by 13 individuals and businesses.

For the event, 125 tickets were sold, and 70 bidding paddles were distributed.

Jeff Meyerholz donated his time as a DJ for the evening, and Jack Southworth was the emcee and auctioneer.

Three current CASA volunteers were recognized for the time they give to advocating for vulnerable children. Information was shared about CASA’s work, and several people in the crowd expressed interest in becoming a volunteer.

For more information about CASA or how to volunteer, contact Hinman at 541-575-5574 or

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