Vicky Kaaz is the vice president of the board of directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates for the First Judicial District.

1. Is this the first time the First Judicial District CASA has sponsored a "Back to the 50s" Dance?

This is the first Back to the 50s themed dance hosted by CASA as a fundraiser. We have held a "barn dance" at the Heritage Center over the past two years in October, but decided to go with a new theme and date this year.

2. What is this event going to include?

This year's event will be held once again at the Heritage Center, 109 Delaware St., and will include a live 50s rock and roll band - "The Fabulous Torques", hula hoop and limbo competition. We will be serving diner-style hamburgers and French fries, along with homemade root beer floats. The Heritage Center will be decorated with nostalgic items from the 50s as well.

3. How do the proceeds help CASA?
As is the case with many human service organizations, local and state grant funding has been reduced over the past several years, and CASA must look to our local community to assist us with our mission to advocate for abused and neglected children who have been removed from or are at risk of being removed from their home. CASA volunteers are empowered to make a lifelong difference in the lives of the children they serve. Unlike attorneys and social workers, the CASA volunteer speaks exclusively for the child's best interest. Children who have been served by a CASA volunteer are more likely to find a permanent home and are less likely to reenter the child welfare system. The event's primary goal is to generate awareness about the CASA program, and to hopefully move more members of our community to become involved with the program as volunteers and/or financial supporters. The proceeds will be used to offset the expenses associated with providing CASA and supervised visitation volunteers for children, youth and their families.

4. How are you encouraging people to get into the spirit?
Our guests can get into the spirit of the event by putting on their best fabulous 50s look (poodle skirt, bobby socks, saddle shoes, blue jeans, T shirt, duck tail, beehive, pony tail...) and showing up ready to eat, dance, hula hoop and limbo the night away. 

5. How can people get tickets?

Tickets are $20 and are available at the CASA office, 100 S. Fifth St. or can be reserved by calling 651-6440. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door.