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Murder Mystery Dinner - CASA Fundraiser is Success

On March 18, 2017. CASA hosted their first Murder Mystery Dinner. Approximately 200 people attended the event, chaired by Nikki Biesterfeld and Angie Neumiller, which generated more than $7,000 to support the organization.

Big Canvas' actors entertained the guests with the clues, murder and humor. Brenda Promes of Springfield solved the Murder Mystery. The evening’s festivities included a game with Evidence Clues and a Mystery Winner. Barbara Molck won $250 cash for selecting the winning Evidence bag. Debbie Green won the Mystery Chair – a $150 gift card to the Nebraska Outlet Mall.   

Special “Thanks” to the events Cuisine Connoisseur Sponsor: Scotty and Heidi Cline, Team Tenacious with Keller Williams. Other major sponsors were Expert Entertainer Sponsor: Rick & Patty Iske, Iske Crop Insurance. At the Donation Donator Level: Dr. Jason Rohrs, Louisville Family Dental & Pinnacle Bank, Louisville. Special thanks for dessert donations from Hy-Vee, Ladies of St. John’s and Herban Coffee Lab( all of Plattsmouth) as well as B’s Diner (Louisville). Thank you to St. John’s School in Plattsmouth for hosting the fundraiser, Stacey White for the event flyer & program design. The Cass County CASA program extends a heartfelt thanks to all who made this event so successful.

Advocates: (Front row) Diana Lindensmith; Coli Hunter; Joanne Furlong; Ed James, Angie Neumiller (Back row) Dan Andreas, Rusell Orr; Kelly Linse, Karen Muhvic, Debbie Green, Heidi Cline

Between January 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017, 18 CASA advocates and two staff members have advocated for 45 children. One child has been adopted; two have aged out and 30 have been reunified with their parents. 17 cases were opened. During this time, 18 advocates have logged more than 11,395 miles and 1,590 hours. Through the efforts of its advocates, Cass County CASA has provided support for truamatized children and saved the county approximately $40,297.

(L-R) Dan Andreas, Coli Hunter, Diana Lindensmith, Russel Orr and the Honorable Judge Steinheider.

Four New Volunteers to Advocate for CASA Children

The Cass County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is proud to announce that four new CASA advocates were sworn-in by Judge John Steinheider on February 8, 2017. A brief reception was held following the swearing in to wish the new CASA advocates well in their advocacy for Cass County’s abused and neglected children. 

There are a total of 23 Cass County children who are under the jurisdiction of the court due to abuse and/or neglect. Children range in age from one to 19 years old. Currently, 13 active CASA advocates are serving these children.

CASA advocates usually work with one case at a time. They get to know the children and write reports for the Judge, making recommendations about what would be best for the child. They become a stable, reliable presence in the child’s life during a very difficult time, and advocate for the child to have a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible.

Most volunteers donate about 2 hours per week (or 8-10 hours a month) and all training is provided. A portion of the pre-service training expenses were paid for by a grant from the Nebraska CASA Association and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant. 

CASA advocates usually work with one case at a time. They get to know the children and write reports for the Judge, making recommendations about what would be best for the child. They become a stable, reliable presence in the child’s life during a very difficult time, and advocate for the child to have a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible. Most volunteers donate 8-10 hours a month and all training is provided.

If you are interested or want more information, please call or e-mail Angie Neumiller, Executive Director at (402) 296-9521 or contact us online.

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