TIME TO PLAY — Connie Iverson, who lives east of Ledger, was the lucky winner of the Front Range CASA playhouse. The annual event of “Casas for CASA” is a signature project for the region, and is the event that raffles off the playhouses. Iverson plans on letting her grandchildren break in the little house. Photo courtesy of Front Range CASA
Front Range CASA is proud to announce that the winner of the recent playhouse raffle was Connie Iverson who lives east of Ledger. She was extremely excited when she received the call telling her that she won, and she exclaimed that her “grandchildren will love it!”
This is an annual event titled “Casas for CASA”, which has become our signature project for the region. We appreciate the efforts of Jeff Sullivan who, each year, builds our playhouses for this event.
Front Range CASA/GAL is a non-profit organization based in Conrad, which serves children in north-central Montana in the Ninth Judicial District. This includes the counties of Pondera, Glacier, Toole and Teton. Our mission is to provide a trained advocate for every abused and neglected child in our region in order to help the court system and to represent the best interests of the child who ends up in court due to no action of their own.
The National CASA organization had their funding cut by Congress the past two years, so Front Range has received no national funding and has to rely completely on local support to survive. At this point, Front Range CASA has 17 volunteers representing nearly 60 children in our four-county area—a 50 percent increase since last year at this time. If it were not for these volunteers, the children’s best interest would not be represented, or the courts would be forced to pay for court-appointed attorneys at a cost of at least $60 per hour.
The Front Range CASA board appreciates the region for their ongoing support. If you are interested in helping out or learning more, please visit www.frontrangecasa.org or contact Executive Director Kiersta Sullivan at 576-7041.