Have some fun and benefit children in foster care at CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children of Bergen County's 12th annual casino night fundraiser.

'Casino Night: Bet on the Children' will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6:30-10:30 pm at Seasons, 644 Pascack Road in Washington Township, New Jersey.

Advocates for Children in Foster Care

Bergen CASA is a non-profit that trains and then provides volunteer advocates for children in foster care in Bergen County.

The event will feature a wide array of hors d’oeuvres, food stations, desserts, an open bar and $100 in casino play money. There will also be a basket raffle, silent auction with mobile bidding and other games in addition to exciting casino-style play throughout the evening. Tickets are $135.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.bergencasa.org or call 201-336-7520.

Donations for the evening's auctions and raffles are always welcome. If interested in donating an item or service, contact event chair Leslie Konikow at skikonikow@aol.com.

Mark and Debbie Levy to Receive Angel Award

"At this year’s event, CASA for Children of Bergen County is presenting our Angel Award to Mark and Debbie Levy of Washington Township, who have both dedicated years of service to Bergen CASA", said Suzanne Ordas Curry, CASA for Children president. "Mark was on our board and on our executive committee for many years and his wife Debbie has helped in extraordinary ways as a member of our fundraising committee. Together they have made a real difference to the organization and the children we serve," adds Curry.

CASA Volunteers Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children

CASA volunteers advocate on behalf of the county’s abused and neglected children and work to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to these children while helping them move toward safe and permanent homes as quickly as possible. CASA volunteers are assigned to only one case, either one child or one family of children at a time, which allows them to devote an enormous amount of time to that child so that he/she does not slip through the cracks of the judicial and child welfare systems. In short, the CASA volunteer is an open-minded and unbiased voice for the child in the court process and a consistent and caring person in the child’s life.

Currently, there are more children in foster care in Bergen County than CASA has the volunteers or financial resources to handle, and Bergen County CASA's goal is to have an advocate for every child. If interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, visit bergencasa.org. For more information on CASA, email info@bergencasa.org<