MORRIS COUNTY — Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Morris and Sussex Counties, based in Cedar Knolls, will host its annual fundraiser, “CASA at the Zoo,” from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Turtle Back Zoo at 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange.
About 500 CASA supporters are scheduled to attend the event and assist the CASA organization in raising unrestricted funds to support advocacy for children in the foster care system. These supporters include foster children and families, CASA trustees, staff, and volunteers.
The invitation is open to anyone interested in supporting the nonprofit to highlight the importance of CASA’s advocacy for children who have experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment.
This private event will allow guests to explore the zoo unimpeded by lines or crowds.
Admission costs $25.00 for anyone ages two to 17, and admission costs $50 for adults 18 and older. Admission is free for children younger than two. Tickets can be purchased at tinyurl.com/2p9uxeyc.
Admission includes a buffet dinner, snacks, carousels, train rides, the petting zoo, and the wonder of animals worldwide. With avian influenza no longer a threat this year, the flamingos, peacocks, and outdoor bird exhibits will be available for photos and viewing. Guests may have their photos taken by professional photographers as a memento of the evening.
Donors can sponsor an exhibit, place an ad in the official CASA at the Zoo Guide, and purchase tickets for foster children to attend. Last year, the generosity of our donors provided tickets to more than 100 children and foster families to attend CASA at the Zoo.
Funds raised will support CASA’s mission to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers who provide a voice in court to ensure each child a safe, permanent, and nurturing home.
“As in previous years, we are looking forward to perfect weather for this enchanted evening,” said Lisa Barsky Firkser, executive director of CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties. “We are excited to see familiar faces and new friends at CASA at the Zoo. The money raised will help our organization to expand our programs and enhance the advocacy we provide to children in foster care.”