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Peace, Love and Murder Mystery Fundraiser a Success

Cass County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program received a huge round of support from the Cass County community on April 14, 2018. CASA hosted their 60’s theme – Peace, Love and Murder Mystery Dinner at Nebraska Brewing Company, La Vista, NE.
 
The fundraiser committee was chaired by Nikki Biesterfeld and Lisa Davis.  It was the organization's major fundraising event of the year. Approximately 160 people attended the Murder Mystery Dinner which generated more than $8300 profit from community sponsorships, ticket sales and donations to the organization. 
 
Big Canvas' actors entertained the guests with clues, murder & humor. Jill Rollins solved the Murder Mystery and Brenda Promes of Springfield won the Heads and Tails Bead game. 

Special “Thanks” to the events Outta Sight Level:  Scott and Heidi Cline - Team Tenacious with Keller Williams; Far Out Level - Casey Hunter, FM Lift Pro; Groovy Level - Hope’s Closet.  Special thanks to the Silent auction donators: Absolute Healthcare, LLC, Bay Hills Golf Club, Bomgaars, Brown Floral, Godfather’s Pizza, Hy-Vee, La Fiesta, Little Caesar’s, Main Street Jewelers, Plattsmouth Animal Clinic, Scooters, Sister’s Café, Subway, The Hop Yard all from Plattsmouth and First State Bank-Weeping Water.  Desserts by Herban Coffee Lab -Plattsmouth, Stan’s Bakery and Nadine Kreifels for cookies and decorations.  A big shout out to Adam and Megan Hollingsworth for creating our CASA video and serving as our sound technicians.  Many thanks to the community, and the many individuals who donated their time and resources to make this a successful event.

Between May 2017 through April 2018, 16 CASA advocates and two staff members have advocated for 44 children.  Four children have been adopted and 21 children have been reunified with their parent(s). 31 children’s case were opened. During this timeframe, 16 advocates have logged in more than 8,395 miles and 1,800 hours. Through the efforts of its advocates, Cass County CASA has saved the county approximately $49,197.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

There is no better time to share Cass County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program’s accomplishments than the month of April which is Child Abuse Prevention month.  As of April 2, 2018, a total of 31 children from Cass County are under the court’s jurisdiction due to abuse and/or neglect. Children range in age from birth to 17 years old.  Currently, 17 active CASA advocates and staff are serving 31 children. 

“CASA advocates are a constant for the child in a time of chaos,” said Angie Neumiller, Executive Director. “A child may have multiple social workers, attorneys, therapists and foster placements throughout the life of the case but only one CASA advocate, which can make all the difference for the child’s future.”

Without intervention, the odds are stacked against children in foster care. A child with a CASA advocate, however, spends 20 percent less time in foster care, on average, compared to a child without a CASA advocate. Studies show children with a CASA advocate receive more services that are critical to their well-being and are four times more likely to find a permanent home. 

Highlights for Cass County CASA:

• No Shave November Donation

In November, County Sheriff’s Department took part in No Shave November and donated $1090 to our Cass County CASA Program. 

Diana Lindensmith, Administrative Assistant and Angie Neumiller, Executive Director receive a check from Sherriff Brueggemann  

• Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Cass County CASA held their annual volunteer appreciation dinner at The Hop Yard in Plattsmouth.  The Hop Yard is owned by Bruce and Annette Wiles.        

Volunteers: (Front) Ed James, Lee Jameson, Joanne Furlong and Coli Hunter
(Back) Karen Muhvic, Heidi Cline, Diana Lindensmith, Angie Neumiller, Angie Heinold and Debbie Green. (Not pictured: Darla Blevins, Brian Coffman, Denice Eaton-Heim, Brenda Felthousen Judie Kindle, Laurie McMullen, and Sylvia Slatten)

Board members: (Front) Nikki Biesterfeld, Angie Jameson and Gloria Sykes.
(Back)  Angie Neumiller, Scott Cline, Joe Shera, Jon Haizlip, Lisa Davis and David Nielsen. (Not pictured: Carrie Colgrove and Connie Eidenmiller.)

• CASA Children’s Christmas

Our CASA program was overwhelmed with the generosity shown to the program and our CASA children. Angie Neumiller, the Executive Director for CASA, extends thanks to all who made our children's Christmas a little merrier.  Christmas gifts, quilts and fleece blankets were provided to 32 children by our local community.  All gifts were wrapped and delivered the gifts prior to Christmas. 

• New CASA Advocates Sworn in by Judge Steinheider           

(Left) Sarah Sacco-Rohde and Angie Heinold      (Right) Judge Steinheider with Danny Mang

• 2018 Non-profit of the Year

On March 23, 2018 Cass County CASA was awarded Non-profit of the year by Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce. Cindy Cruz, Chamber Executive Director and Craig Todd, Chamber President presented the award to Diana Lindensmith, CASA Administrative Assistant.

Cass County CASA program is a 501c3 program that is funded by donations, grants, Keno funds and fundraisers. 

If you are interested in becoming a CASA advocate, please contact Angie Neumiller, (402) 296-9521 or contact us.  Additional information can be found at www.casscasa.org, www.nebraskacasa.org  or www.casaforchildren.org

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