Mountain Masquerade shines light on work of CASA |

Mountain Masquerade shines light on work of CASA

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What: Take Me to the Mardis Gras, A Mountain Masquerade

When: Friday, March 1, The Lodge at Sunspot, Winter Park Resort. Reservations required. Limited tickets available.

More info: Call 970-531-6160 or email

WINTER PARK — In the sad mess of familial discord — domestic friction that can lead to courtroom battles over custody and care of a concerned child — it is the child ultimately who loses most.

No child thrives in situations when family is ripped apart, or worse, when one is the target of neglect or abuse from individuals defined as caregivers.

Who then, in such situations, is searching for the voice of the child?

Who is trusted in helping the child to understand what is going on when chaos clings to time in a courtroom?

Who can advocate for what is best for the child, other than those closest parties embroiled and embattled?

It’s in these crises a nonprofit dedicated to advocating for a child’s best interests steps up to help.

Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, extensively trains its volunteers to work closely with abused or neglected children. These trained volunteers make sure the court is well-informed about the child and has adequate information gathered from various family members and professionals in that child’s life. It is CASA’s goal a judge can make highly educated decisions about what is best for the child moving forward.

In the 14th Judicial District of Grand, Routt and Moffat counties in 2018, CASA served 34 children in 20 dependency and neglect cases.

CASA also has hosted community educational events on child abuse and neglect prevention and awareness, as well as guidance on raising children in the digital age. With these efforts, CASA reached more than 400 children and their parents district-wide.

The organization recently moved its headquarters from Steamboat Springs to Granby, and under CASA Executive Director Alan Hallman, the nonprofit is committed to continuing its advocacy service to young people of our area who fundamentally have a right to be heard yet find themselves drowning in the noise of others.

But such dedication needs community support, and CASA’s grandest fundraiser of the year is right around the corner, offering all an opportunity to help in the cause.

On Friday, March 1, Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA hosts “Take Me to the Mardis Gras, A Mountain Masquerade,” during which ticket-holders treated to Mardis Gras masks attend a purple-green-and-gold trimmed event atop Winter Park Mountain at The Lodge at Sunspot.

The party includes a free gondola ride in Winter Park’s newest, live and silent auctions, and live music with Rockin’ Jake, a five-time winner of Off Beat Magazine’s “Best of the Beat” award.

A Cajun fare including “Alligator Sausage,” gumbo, shellfish étouffée and Bourbon Street bread pudding spices up this magical evening of both celebration and purpose.

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