By RICK HAYES email@example.com
---- — MT. VERNON — Male cooks will don their chef hats and strut their stuff in the kitchen during the upcoming Men for CASA fundraiser.
The third annual event will be held Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn.
About 45 men participated in the event last year, and CASA officials are hoping as many as 60 men register for this year’s event. Registration forms and information about the event is available on CASA’s web site at jeffersoncountycasa.com, or by calling the office at 204-5453. Community First Bank and Peoples National Bank are corporate sponsors. Various sponsorship levels of support are available.
“All proceeds benefit CASA here in Jefferson County. It’s an exciting and tasty event,” said Ali Klein, administrative assistant for CASA. CASA is an acronym for court-appointed special advocates. “It’s a great way to show support for CASA, and also having a fun night out,” she added.
In addition to those participating, audience members vote on the best entries, based on tips given to the participants. Each ticket buyer will receive a free cookbook with most of the recipes from the event compiled inside.
CASA has established a Jan. 10 deadline for participants to enter.
Last year’s winner included: Ryan Swan, main dish; Adam Blackward, appetizer; Doug Hester, soup; and Drew Johnson, dessert. Troy Heitmeyer and Tony Mezo combined as the People’s Choice winners and Chad Curd had the best table decorations.
Tickets will available from the CASA office or online. Tickets are $40 each.
The evening begins with cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by the parade of chefs at 6:15 p.m. A silent auction will be held throughout the evening, and a live auction will start at 7:30 p.m.
Court Appointed Special Advocates empowers volunteers to be a voice for children in the juvenile court system, according to Executive Director Becky Whisenant.
“They stand up for abused and neglected children,” she said. “We have about 30 advocates right now, and about 60 children covered. That’s about half of the kids that need an advocate in Jefferson County.”
CASA volunteers are officers of the court, appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of an abused or neglected child in court proceedings, information states. Advocates gather information for the court, and recommends to the judge what the child needs to be safe and what is in the child’s best interest for a safe, nurturing and permanent home.