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It was a fun night for a great cause at the Ashland Elks Lodge... the night of the "Motown Get Down" dance party benefitting CASA of Jackson County, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. A sold out house danced the night away as the Danielle Kelly Soul Project performed with CASA of Jackson County receiving almost $3,400 from the Elks following the event.

The Ashland Elks Lodge, founded in 1908, is a local non-profit powered by member-volunteers looking to make a difference locally. The Ashland Elks have a drug awareness program, award student scholarships, and provide social assistance through funds and grants for veterans and youth in distress. Elks member-volunteer Russell Anticona stated, “Elks members live life by the golden rule and contribute to the lives and well-being of those around them. CASA is the voice of the many abused and neglected children here in Jackson County as they wind their way through the dependency court process.  This fundraiser for CASA was a partnership that was created to raise public awareness of both local non-profits that are making a difference here in our communities.” 

Jennifer Mylenek, Executive Director of CASA of Jackson County, noted, "CASA works with 190+ CASA volunteers, the courts, child welfare and others to improve children's lives and outcomes every day. At the same time, we are constantly searching for ways to fund the work of reaching 650 children annually.  The Ashland Elks gave us a valuable gift by hosting the Motown Get Down Party to benefit CASA of Jackson County.  The funds from that event will go directly to providing three abused or neglected children with a CASA for a full year.  Those are three children from our waiting list of over 450 who will have someone to walk beside them, mentor them, speak for them, and ensure they find safe permanent placement and do not suffer re-abuse.  We are thrilled and honored that the Ashland Elks chose CASA as the beneficiary of this event." 

CASA of Jackson County, founded in 1990, is a non-profit organization that serves the Southern Oregon community through advocating for children’s welfare.  CASA volunteers are well-trained, everyday citizens appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have come under the care of Child Welfare due to parental abuse and/or neglect.  CASA volunteers speak up for these children and focus on the need for a nurturing, safe and permanent home.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) is a charitable service order founded in 1868 and dedicated to helping veterans and youth through its various charitable programs. With almost a million members, both men and women, it is one of the largest fraternal organizations in the nation. 


Pictured during the check presentation on November 14 are (l to r.) Elks Lodge 944 member-volunteer Russell Anticona, CASA Executive Director Jennifer Mylenek, CASA Board President Erik Carlson and Lodge 944 Public Relations Chairman Paul Shefrin.

Photo by Erin Deason Carpenter

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