The Friends of CASA will host the 10th Annual Festival of Chairs on Oct. 15, at the Centennial Valley Events Center. The event benefits the Children’s Advocacy Alliance, a partnership between the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the 20th Judicial District and the Central Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center. 

The Festival of Chairs’ signature feature is the beautifully repurposed chairs that go up for auction. Talented local artists take broken and damaged chairs and creativity bring them back to life. The chairs are symbolic of the children and families the Children’s Advocacy Alliance serves on a daily basis. These chairs, along with other art work and hundreds of other unique items, are featured in live and silent auctions. Artists who wish to submit a chair for this year’s festival should have them at the Alliance office, located at 707 Parkway, Suite 101, by Sept. 29. The chairs will be on display in businesses around town prior to the event.

Known as one of the biggest fundraising events in our community, the Festival of Chairs also features a bubbly and baubles raffle with a gorgeous bauble, valued at $6,000, donated by Fletcher Smith Jewelers. Raffle tickets are $40 each or 3 for $100 and can be purchased prior to the event.

Hors d’oeuvres along with live music and a DJ will be part of the event.

With attendance expected to be high this year, the event organizers are recommending everyone purchase their tickets ahead of time. Sponsors began pledging in March. 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and those wishing to have a reserved table are encouraged to become a guardian sponsor. Event ticket prices are $50 per person in advance and $60 at the door.  

For information on becoming a sponsor or to purchase tickets call 328-3347, stop by the Children’s Advocacy Alliance office located at 707 Parkway, Suite 101, or purchase online at www.hopeandjustice.org. 

The Children’s Advocacy Alliance of North Central Arkansas is an independent nonprofit serving Faulkner, Van Buren, Searcy, Pope and Conway counties. Originally founded in 2001 as CASA of the 20th Judicial District, the Children’s Advocacy Alliance oversees both the Central Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center and the CASA 20th Judicial District program. The two programs work side by side to provide coordinated guidance, treatment and support for child victims of abuse and neglect, from the initial investigation of abuse to their placement in a safe, permanent home. The Alliance is a place for hope and a voice for justice.