Quick and Easy: Casablanca

Celebrate CASA Lake County’s 20th anniversary at their extravagant spring gala, and allow CASA to continue to train advocates to work on behalf of abused and neglected children.

Your participation will help support CASA Lake County‘s mission to provide every child with the safe and loving permanent home they deserve.

What: This year’s event, hosted by WGN-AM’s Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano, will include cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing and so much more. CASA Lake County will present its annual Terri Zenner Award to Walgreens Chief Diversity Officer Steve Pemberton, in recognition of his commitment to the children of the local community.

All proceeds will fund recruiting, training and supervising volunteers to provide a voice for at-risk children.

Where: Ravinia, Highland Park

When: Saturday, May 10, 6 p.m.

How: Reserve tickets online.

The organization: CASA Lake County trains and supervises volunteers to advocate on the best interests of abused and neglected children within the juvenile court system. Every child is entitled to a safe and permanent home, and well-trained CASA volunteers work in collaboration with key agencies, legal counsel and community resources to represent the child’s best interests in juvenile court. CASA fulfills society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, respected and secure.

CASA volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. CASA advocates are appointed by judges to ensure children don’t get lost in the legal and social service systems; volunteers stay with each case until its conclusion and often act as the one constant adult presence in their lives. There are more than 930 CASA programs in 49 states; CASA Lake County currently supervises a corps of almost 300 advocates who serve more than 550 children.

Make It Better is a proud media sponsor of CASA Lake County’s Casablanca.

Need plans for this weekend? We’ve got you covered with the city’s best philanthropic events.

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  • The 4th Annual Play for Peace Tennis Carnival returns to College Park Athletic Club in Bannockburn Saturday, 5:45 p.m., with an evening of fun, games and prizes for kids ages 8 to 18. The carnival, organized by Lake Forest High School Varsity Tennis Coach Denise Murphy, brings tennis pros from clubs across the North Shore to provide instruction. Contestants will vie for prizes while honing their groundstrokes and volleys; compete for the Fastest Serve Award; test agility on an obstacle course and skills on a dodgeball court. All proceeds benefit The House of Peace Domestic Violence Shelter of Lake County. Register online or contact Denise Murphy at 847-361-0774 with any questions.
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