On the evening of April 22, 2016, CASA for Clermont Kids held its annual spring charity fundraising gala at Receptions in Eastgate. The evening was a great success for guests, entertainers, and those working behind the scenes. With nearly 300 registered guests, this event raised approximately $59,000 to support CASA advocates and the abused and neglected children in Clermont County! This year’s emcee Bob Pautke ensured the guests had a blast while placing their raffle tickets in one of the many great raffle baskets donated by the county offices. Everyone especially loved Bob’s group “selfies!” CASA extends its appreciation to Dave Lewis of Lewis Auctioneering for providing his auctioning services for our highly valued live auction items. An especially nice added touch to this year’s gala was the presence of skilled musicians. CASA would like to thank Carl Emerson and Summers Hagerman for gracing us with their beautiful melodies on the saxophone and guitar while guests were bidding on silent auction baskets. Many thanks to Harmony Hill Winery for providing their musical talents for us!
CASA advocates Martha Kleinfelter and Mary Ellen Steele-Pierce were a huge help by coordinating the tasks of those who were graciously willing to donate their time to help work the event. It was extremely beneficial to have an “all hands on deck” approach to working the event. Check out was swift and smooth, and, it was extremely convenient to see the winning bid numbers on a power point at the end of the night. The delicious and mouthwatering appetizers were provided by Susana Ibarra and were enjoyed by everyone. CASA advocate and Park National Bank officer Cyndi Wright graciously introduced the new Lykins Positive Energy award winner.
This year’s recipient for the annual Lykins Positive Energy Award went to Chris Baxla and Baxla Tractor Sales, Inc. for all of their contributions to helping make our organization run. We believe the event this year was one of our most successful and smooth-running events compared to years past! We would like to extend our appreciation to the many companies who donated their services, products, monetary gifts, and time to help make our baskets full and appealing. We couldn’t do what we do without all of your support. What a great community to be a part of.