CASA FESTIVAL OF CHAIRS

What is CASA?

The Children’s Advocacy Alliance is a partnership of the Court Appointed Special Advocates of the 20th Judicial District and the Children’s Advocacy Center. We serve Faulkner, Van Buren, Perry, Searcy, and Conway counties. The Court Appointed Special Advocates of the 20th Judicial District (CASA) was founded in 2000, dedicated to training citizens to provide a voice to the voiceless foster children in our community. The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) was founded in 2010, joining CASA, forming the Children’s Advocacy Alliance. The CAC provides forensic interviews, therapy, sexual abuse medical exams, and family advocacy for abused and neglected children.

 

What is Festival of Chairs ?

The Festival of Chairs’ signature feature are the repurposed chairs by local artists. The chairs are symbolic of the children and families that the Children’s Advocacy Alliance serves on a daily basis. The chairs start the journey broken, tattered, abused, then they arrive at the Festival of Chairs as beautiful works of art; this is the visual representation of the path walked by the children we serve. These chairs, along with other works of art and hundreds of other unique items, are featured in live, silent and super silent auctions.

 

Our vision is a community united in the protection of all children. Your support helps us continue our mission of ensuring that every child in our community who is abused or neglected has a voice for justice and a place for hope. Moreover, your support creates the possibility that we may prevent abuse prior to it happening through awareness, education, and prevention.

Spend an evening with us at the Festival of Chairs, embracing hope, speaking for change, and progressing towards a better future.

 

How many years has Festival been in existence?

Seventeen years. 

 

Over the years, how much money has Festival raised?

Since it began to 2017, it has grossed a little over a million dollars. 

 

Event Information:

Legacy Acres 

100 Legacy Acres Drive, 

Conway AR, 72034

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Tickets may be bought through our Facebook event page, “Festival of Chairs XVII” or through our website www.hopeandjustice.org 

For more information on sponsorship, contact Leia Smith at 

lsmith@hopeandjustice.org 

 

Who is on the board?

David Hogue - President

Shawn Evans - Vice President

Patrick Lewis - Treasurer

Turk Smith - Secretary

Jennifer Morehead

Sarah Murphy

Brittney Burks

LaTresha Woodruff-Johnson

Justin Welter

Anushree Jumde

Liz Hamilton

Louise Furst

Adena White

Brandi Wiseman

Cody Sublett

What are needs the community should know about and how can we help?

We have served 344 children since January 1, 2018. Every dollar raised at this event goes towards helping more children in our community. One way the community can help is to become a CASA Volunteer for children in foster care; through that you make a child twice as likely to graduate high school, half as likely to re-enter the system, and twice as likely to find a safe permanent home. 

 

Additionally, right now we have outgrown our office space and cannot adequately provide services to all of the children who need us. In order to better serve our community, we need a forever home so that we may provide for every child in need of hope, healing, and a voice for justice. 

 

One simple way to contribute to ending child abuse in our community is through attendance of Stewards of Children. It is a 2.5 hour continued education course proven to better the safety and wellbeing of all children in our community. If you cannot give up 2.5 hours, we understand. Take 15 - 30 minutes and tour our Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) to see how we spend our money. 

 

For more information, 

visit www.hopeandjustice.org