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CASA Hosts Its Own Derby

CASA FundraiserMEDFORD, Ore. — Big hats, fancy clothing, and mint juleps are a tradition when it comes to the Kentucky Derby, but one local organization is making the event about much more than that.

CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, of Jackson County is turning the derby into a fundraiser. This is the third year for the Kentucky Derby fundraiser at the Rogue Valley Country Club.  There are drinks, horse race betting, and silent and live auctions.  All proceeds raised from the fundraiser will go directly to CASA.  Last year $32,000 was raised, and this year organizers are raising the stakes a little higher and hoping to come out with a total of $40,000.

“This all goes to supporting the training… the recruitment of volunteers… the managing, the case loads, and ensuring children have the best possible outcome,” said Jennifer Mylenek, CASA of Jackson County Executive Director.

CASA currently serves more than 500 kids, but it’s hoping with the money raised from the fundraiser it can increase that number.