Hackensack, NJ – Have some fun and benefit children in foster care at the same time! CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children of Bergen County is holding its 11th Annual Event: Casino Night: Luck O’ The Irish on March 17, 2016 from 6:30pm – 10:30pm at Seasons, 644 Pascack Road in Washington Township, NJ. Tickets are $135. Included in the ticket price is a wide array of hors d’oeuvres, food stations and desserts, 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. To purchase a ticket, please visit the website, www.BergenCASA.org or call 201-336-7520 for tickets and information. Donations for the evening’s auctions and raffles are always welcome. If interested in donating an item or service, please contact April Wuesthoff at awuest@optonline.net or 201-264-6005.

“At this year’s event, CASA for Children of Bergen County is presenting our Angel Award to Alyssa and Rob Alfano, founders of the Alfano Foundation, who have been consistently and generously giving to Bergen CASA so that we can provide the children we serve with gifts and other items,” states Suzanne Ordas Curry, President. “We count on this monetary support every year for the toys, clothing and other things that will put a smile on the children’s faces, and every year they replenish the fund.”

The award will be presented to them by Bergen CASA’s spokesperson, Emmy-winning actress and Bergen County resident, Martha Byrne.

CASA advocates are volunteers that 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. Advocates are always needed and additional funds help us grow the program. If interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, please visit the website and sign up for an information session.

For more information on CASA, email info@bergencasa.org or visit www.bergencasa.org. If you would like to make a monetary donation, would like to know how to become a CASA volunteer or would like to know other ways to help, please call Theresa Drennan at 201-336-7520 or visit our website.