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Monarchs return to help CASA raise funds for advocacy program

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By Stephen Thomas

SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program continues to make strides in the local court system.

The CASA organization helps children involved in the court system that do not otherwise have a say in their own future. CASA volunteers look out for each child’s best interests.

Since its first volunteer case in 2005, 29 Bullitt County CASA have assisted 89 area children in finding better homes and life situations.

The non-profit organization could always use further financial assistance, many times offering a fun way to donate.

The annual Monarchs Winter Blast III, hosted by Bullitt County CASA and sponsored by J. Chester Porter, will take place Saturday, Jan. 17, at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

The Monarchs are one of the area’s most popular concert acts, playing 50s and 60s Rock and Roll hits since 1961. Their original hit, “Look Homeward Angel,” reached #47 on the national Billboard charts in 1964.

Bullitt County CASA director Cindy Prestigiacomo said the annual Winter Blast was one of the program’s biggest fundraisers, with all proceeds benefiting local children.

Tickets for the Winter Blast are $20. Prestigiacomo said reservations could be made in advance or tickets could be purchased at the door.

The Winter Blast takes place from 8-11 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Prestigiacomo said concessions would be available.

For more information on the Monarchs Winter Blast III or to make a reservation call Bullitt County CASA, 543-4554.

CASA volunteers are still needed. Prestigiacomo said new volunteer training begins Jan. 17.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age with good moral character. Three references are needed and each volunteer receives numerous background checks. Prestigiacomo said training takes approximately 30 hours.

For more information on becoming a Bullitt County CASA volunteer call 543-4554.