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Posted: November 3, 2012 4:53 p.m.

Alcovy CASA to hold auction and car show

Muscle cars, motorcycles and low riders will be just a few of the vehicles driving to a car show charity fundraiser for the Newton, Rockdale and Walton County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Abused and Neglected Children in Covington next weekend.

The Help a Child Shine Car Show and Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 12:30 p.m. at Five O'clock Sports Bar and Grill located at 7189 Turner Lake Road.

Donna Herndon, the event's organizer, said all types of cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome to be entered in the charity fundraiser that will benefit CASA.

Alcovy CASA serves both Newton and Walton counties and is a nonprofit organization of volunteers who help to find abused and neglected children in the community safe, permanent homes, and provides those children with clothing and other necessities. The Alcovy CASA and Rockdale CASA will both participate in the event.

Registration for the car show is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The entry fee for the car show is $10 and to participate as a vendor at the event, the fee is $25.

Herndon said there will be a bake sale, raffles and an auction that will have items such as pictures, coolers, car-cleaning kits and other household items up for grabs. The auction will begin at 4:30 p.m.

She said there is still time for people and businesses to become vendors for the event and enter their vehicles into the car show.

"We have seven vendors lined up so far, but we have room for 20 vendors," Herndon said. "It's vital for this program that this goes well."

Wanda Staples, a CASA board member, said they are trying to raise at least $2,000 at the event to replace money from a grant that was cut this year. Staples said that CASA was a guardian ad litem program that helps abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system.

"When an abuser or neglected case comes into DFACS care, it goes into the juvenile court system and CASA is assigned to each case to ensure that the child gets the very best care and a safe, stable permanent home so that no children fall through the cracks," Staples said.

She said Alcovy CASA program used to have a visitation center at their location, but because of a grant that was lost, they no longer have one. The visitation center was a place for parents to visit their children in a neutral environment when a judge ordered supervised visitation. She said losing the visitation center was an example of why the organization needed to raise money for their programs that help children in the community.

For more information about the car show or how to become a volunteer for CASA, call Alcovy CASA at (770) 385-7450 or Wanda Staples at (678) 333-6551.

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