Child advocates host 2nd Annual Art Gala Fundraiser


Hundreds are expected to attend as the Clayton County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program and the members of the Lake Spivey Rotary Club roll out the red carpet for their 2nd Annual "Cheese & Quacker" Art Gala tonight at the Arts Clayton Gallery in Jonesboro.

Guests will enjoy wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, and a live jazz band while viewing an array of fine art provided by the talented students of Clayton State University. Some donated pieces will also be available for silent auction. In addition, attendees will have a chance at "Quacking the Vault" to win a brand new 2005 Cadillac STS courtesy of Heritage Cadillac Saab.!

Duckie, the fundraiser's larger-than-life mascot, is expected to make his grand entrance dressed in specially made duck-tails and top hat!

The "Cheese and Quacker" Art Gala is a lead-up event for CASA and Rotary's 7th Annual Darlin' Duck Derby, a community wide fundraiser held October 1st at "The Beach" in Jonesboro. The proceeds from each event directly support programs that advocate on behalf of foster children served by the Clayton County CASA Program and the Lake Spivey Rotary Club. More information about

the 7th Annual Darlin' Duck Derby and this weekend's art gala can be found at www.ducksRcoming.com. Special VIP and press credentials are available by contacting Monique Henderson at (202)210.1279 or Monique.Henderson@co.clayton.ga.us

About Clayton County's Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) Program: Each year in Georgia, thousands of children are thrust into court through no fault of their own. Some are victims of violence, psychological torment, or sexual abuse. Others have been neglected or abandoned by their own parents. Most are frightened and confused. The Clayton County CASA Program trains dedicated volunteers from the community who are then appointed by a judge to provide an independent voice for children while they go through

the court process. Once sworn in by a judge, each volunteer works to learn about the child's needs and in turn makes a recommendation to the court as to whether or not the child should remain in foster care. To learn more about the Clayton County CASA Program, please visit their website at www.claytoncountycasa.com.

This event is free and open to the public, although a $5 ticket must be purchased in order to try a chance at "quacking the vault" and to gain admittance to the inside of the gallery. Business casual to semi formal attire is strongly encouraged.