CASA to hold Festival of Trees, bid online for silent auction items

    The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of South Central Missouri has announced that tickets for the upcoming Festival of Trees event have sold out.

    However, there are still opportunities to contribute to this organization.
    The CASA goal is to support and promote the volunteers who are appointed by the judges in the 25th circuit to advocate for abused and neglected children in four counties, including Phelps, Pulaski, Maries and Texas in order to provide the children with safe and healthy environments in permanent homes.
    There are currently 158 children being served and more on the waiting lists in each county.
    The Festival of Trees is set for Saturday, December 2 at Columbia College. The evening will feature lots of fun-themed, decorated Christmas trees for which residents may bid on to buy. There will be nine small trees and eight trees measuring seven and a half feet to nine feet tall. One of the large trees will have a Bass Pro theme.
    There will be lots of savory treats and desserts, along with 35 silent auction items. The CASA Facebook page will be showcasing the various auction items and the website will provide opportunities to purchase them.
    Area residents may bid on the decorated trees and the silent auction items by logging onto the website at Donations will also be accepted at the CASA website.
    Well-known juried artist Mary Lou Corn has donated two framed wildflower prints to the silent auction.
    Former West Point graduate and creator of custom guitars Kennith Brown has donated a one-of-a kind guitar. The solid alder wood body has a maple neck and rosewood fretboard.     
    According to Brown, the solid body cuts down on microphonic feedback found in similar guitars and the 26-inch scale length provides a brighter sound than most guitars. Brown’s handcrafted guitar is finished in tung-oil, the resonance of the wood plays a larger role than the heavily painted and finished instruments, he explained.
    For more information, contact CASA at 400 North Main, Suite 202 in Rolla or by calling the office at 573-426-KIDS (5437) or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..