A community get-together held recently in Atascadero to raise money for the county’s abused and neglected children brought in $14,500, according to Court Appointed Special Advocates, the group that pulled the event together.
Following a walk around Atascadero Lake Park, supporters enjoyed a Kiwanis barbecue and various festivities, including a bounce house for the kids. Disc jockey Kahuna, of the Coast 101.3 FM morning show, entertained.
The $14,500 raised will help recruit, train and supervise volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in San Luis Obispo County.
CASA works to help the 450 children in the county who are under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court because they were abused, neglected or abandoned by their parents.
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Many of these children are sent to foster homes, “moving from one residence to another with appalling frequency and causing major disruptions in their social, emotional and educational development,” according to CASA.
CASA volunteers provide support to these youngsters, advocating for needed services and appropriate placement until a permanent home is found.
Sponsors for the Atascadero Lake event included the Paso Robles Sports Club, Mattison Law Firm, Coast Hills Federal Credit Union, The Thom Group, Linda and Roy Rawlings, Alpha Phi Sorority, Kiwanis of Atascadero, Cayucos Rotary, Coast 101.3 FM, Crystal Springs Water, El Dorado Broadcasters, La Conexion, Morgan Stanley, Rising Z Ranch, Sprinkler King, Sunset Honda, The Ink Spot, SMS Masterminds, and Dustin M. Tardiff of Tardiff Law Offices.