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Teams get ready for CASA tournament

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northeast Tennessee is holding its ninth annual golf tournament at the Johnson City Country Club on Monday, Aug. 18, to help raise funds and increase awareness for the CASA program.
The tournament offers a two- and four-person scramble format with shotgun starts for two flights beginning at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Lunch will be provided between flights.
Although the event will offer a fun-filled day on the links for local golfers, the funds raised from the tournament will help benefit abused and neglected children in the area.
Each year approximately 460,000 children nationwide enter the court system at no fault of their own. These children are thrust into the system, many times feeling alone and scared.
The mission of CASA is to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the juvenile court, following the belief that every child is entitled to a safe and stable home.
Trained volunteers are the children’s voices to ensure that their needs are identified and addressed. CASA ensures that each child has an advocate solely for him or her — someone who is there to look out for the child’s best interest and provide a voice throughout the judicial process to ensure a child’s needs are being met.
CASA of Northeast Tennessee works with the Juvenile Courts in Washington, Greene and Unicoi counties and Johnson City.
The focus for this year’s tournament will be to raise funds for the Fostering Futures program. The main purpose of Fostering Futures is to reach children who are 14-18 years old and aging out of the court system.
Facing adulthood after spending years in foster care can offer few resources. CASA advocates will mentor and educate teens on future resources when they age out of foster care or when they turn 18 years old.
“CASA volunteers will be changing the way these children enter into the community as adults and give them the tools they need to succeed,” CASA of Northeast Tennessee Executive Director Leslie Dalton said.
“CASA plans to continue to raise support for this new program so every child in our community has a chance to succeed and ultimately give back to our community.”
Community participation and sponsorship of the event are pivotal to CASA’s success.
This year, the tournament sponsors are the Niswonger Children’s Hospital along with Powell Construction Co. and A.O. Smith, among others.
Golfers will have their choice to participate as a two or four person team for $125 per player if paid by Friday, July 18. After July 18, the cost per player will be $150.
There are also a few new features to the event this year. Locals celebrities will join in the tournament and will be available for a meet and greet during lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
The hole-in-one prizes include a chance to win $25,000 cash and use of a car for six months from Friendship Hyundai.
“CASA is dedicated to serving children in our community who have fallen victim to abuse and neglect,” Dalton said.
“In participating in the event, you are helping speak for these children’s rights,” she added.
To register or for sponsorship information, call 461-3500 or email [email protected]
Also visit the website at http://www.casanetn.org or become a fan on Facebook