By CHRIS AGEE
The current Court Appointed Special Advocate fundraising campaign is getting some local help from Chili's in Mineral Wells.
Though "A Dollar for CASA" challenges locals to support the organization a buck at a time, the area restaurant is not stopping there as its management has agreed to raise money for the drive each Tuesday.
Beginning this week, Chili's will donate 10 percent of lunch and dinner sales to CASA of Palo Pinto and Parker Counties from each party stating they are dining in support of the organization.
The campaign is set to extend throughout the summer.
Locals will have another opportunity to support CASA Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as volunteers will be hosting a bucket drive at the corner of S.E. 6th Avenue and 1st Street.
The fundraising effort began last month as CASA President Doyle Moss explained the goal is to garner as many donations of any denomination as possible.
"We're asking businesses, the community, citizens, for a dollar," he said. "Funding is being cut everywhere – we want to be proactive."
He said about 144,000 residents live in the two counties served by the local organization, noting he hopes significant citizen involvement will result in exceeding the $75,000 goal.
CASA is sending mailers to area residents and contacting businesses, Moss said, adding the funds raised will go directly to the cause for which the organization exists.
About 80 local volunteers handle the cases of more than 270 child victims of abuse and neglect, he said. All money from the campaign will go toward training advocates and otherwise supporting CASA's mission of being a judge's eyes and ears outside of the courtroom during child abuse cases.
For more information about the organization and the "A Dollar for CASA," visit casaofparkercounty.com.