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Local golfers hit the links for CASA benefit

More than 100 golfers came out to the Johnson City Country Club on Aug. 22 in support of CASA of Northeast Tennessee for the sixth annual golf benefit. The day of festivities began with a catered lunch for participants prior to the four-man team scramble shotgun start. A range of door prizes were available to participants following the 18 hole tournament.
While the day turned out to be a beautiful fun-filled afternoon on the golf course, the purpose of helping abused and neglected children in the area was the focal point of the event. Each year approximately 460,000 children nationwide enter the court system at no fault of their own. These children are victims of abuse or neglect thrust into the system, many times feeling alone and scared.
The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) ensure that these children have an advocate solely for them—that are there to lookout for the child’s best interest and provide a voice throughout the judicial process to assure a child’s greatest needs are met. CASA of Northeast Tennessee Executive Director Joy McCray believes the event serves in more ways than one. “The golf tournament not only serves as a great fundraiser,” she said. “It also provides an opportunity for us to make some new relationships with people, and tell them about the programs and hard work going on at CASA.”
Funds raised from the benefit will go towards the training of CASA advocates who work with abused and neglected children as they navigate through the court systems in the region. “Every dollar raised will work for these children to ensure their safety and search for a permanent home,” McCray said.
In putting this event together, local sponsors are pivotal in the success and future of the benefit. “This fundraiser is not possible without our wonderful sponsors, the CASA golf committee, dedicated volunteers, the Board of Directors and our amazing staff for their hard work for this event,” McCray said.
The golf outing will continue to be a tool used in the CASA program to help fight the abuse and neglect of children in the future. “I want to thank all the participants for spending the day with us and helping to support CASA,” McCray said. “We appreciate their involvement and look forward to seeing them at upcoming events.” CASA has several upcoming activities this fall. The first annual Chili Cook-off will take place in downtown Jonesborough on September 24. Their Heroes to Heroes event will take place in Greeneville in October and will be followed by PICS for Prevention in November.
If you would like to obtain more information on upcoming events contact CASA at 423-461-3500.