Maret and Jim Moore have been named honorary chairpersons of the ninth annual Children’s Advocacy Alliance Festival of Chairs.  

The event will be held Saturday at the Centennial Valley Event Center to benefit the CAA which helps children who are victims of abuse and neglect find a safe, permanent home. The alliance includes CASA of the 20th Judicial District and the Children’s Advocacy Center. 

The Festival of Chairs has become CAA’s signature event that showcases the work of outstanding artists who have taken a neglected chair and brought it back to life, similar to what CAA advocates do every day. This event is hosted by the Friends of CASA.

The Moores have been involved with CASA and Friends of CASA for many years and most recently with the partnership between CASA and CAA. Jim Moore has served on the CASA board since 2005 and was president from 2007 to 2009. Maret Moore has been a member of Friends of CASA since 2004. She was a key figure in growing this fundraising group that supports the Children’s Advocacy Alliance.  

Over the past several years, Maret Moore has contributed her artistic talents with several chairs for the Festival of Chairs auction. Maret Moore co-chaired the Festival of Chairs Event in 2005 and she’s also been a co-chair of the auction committee from 2005 until the present.  

Jim and Maret Moore have been married for 28 years. They have three children — Andrew (24), a senior at the University of Central Arkansas, Ethan (20), a sophomore at UCA, and Grace (12), a seventh-grader at Carl Stuart Middle School.  

Jim Moore is the vice president of sales and marketing for Hofmann USA, a division of Snap-on Equipment. Maret Moore is the program coordinator for Centennial Valley Country Club.  

"We are most proud of the growth of the organization and its support for children in our community," the couple said. "The newly formed Children’s Advocacy Alliance will provide even more support for our children by coordinating a multi-disciplinary team of local professionals and service agencies to investigate and treat child abuse. We are thrilled to be honorary co-chairs of an event that we support and are dedicated to its success now and in the future."

The Festival of Chairs Committee also previewed the live auction items along with the super silent auction items this week. This year’s live auction will be the largest yet with a 2009 Polaris Scrambler 500, a four-day, three-night guided turkey hunt in Texas with accommodations, a Eureka Springs get-away complete with a treehouse cottage, carriage ride and dinner for two, and a "Cavapoo" which is a King Charles Cavalier and toy poodle mix including her first year of shots at Hartman Animal Hospital.  

The super silent auction will have a full set of braces donated by Dalton Designer Smiles, a guided Goose Hunt and guided Duck Hunt, a "haunted walking tour" of downtown Conway along with dinner for six at JJ’s Grill, a fully loaded prom package and a "set the table" package that will complete anyone’s dining table.

The chairs and other items brought back to life by artists are all complete and ready for new homes. 

"The chairs are fabulous this year," said Kelli Wells, co-chairman of the Festival of Chairs. "We will auction these in both our live and silent auctions.  The chairs will also be displayed this week throughout Conway for the public to see."

Heather Crawford from KATV will be this year’s celebrity emcee. Crawford will be the host of the evening and then will assist the infamous Johnnie Wells for the lively live auction portion.

The Festival of Chairs begins at 6:30 p.m. with many Conway restaurants and chefs showing their support for CAA by donating the food for the Festival of Chairs. The restaurants include Chili’s, JJ’s Grill, Lisa’s Cake Boutique, Michelangelo’s Ristorante, Mike’s Place, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Oak Street Bistro, TGI Friday’s, Stromboli’s, U.S. Pizza and Vintage Kitchen.  

Tickets for the Festival of Chairs are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. For tickets call 501.328.3347 or stop by the CAA office at 2324 Washington in Conway.  For information regarding the event and sponsors, please visit the CASA Web site at www.casa20th.org/events.

Proceeds from the Festival of Chairs benefit Children’s Advocacy Alliance of North Central Arkansas, a partnership of CASA of the 20th Judicial District and the Central Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center.