CASA’s Stand By Me brings back the ‘60s

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FORT SMITH — There was no shortage of flower power at the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Sebastian County’s Stand By Me party on Friday evening (May 11). A crowd of nearly 300 hippies and flower children came out to support the organization at its fourth annual ‘60s inspired dinner and auction.

It all took place at the Fort Smith Convention Center, where the event room was filled with colorful tables dressings, disco balls and other memorabilia reminiscent of the era. Paper flowers and album covers from the time period adorned the walls.

Guests were encouraged to dress in their favorite ‘60s attire. Many sported bell bottoms, fringed vests, tie-dye shirts and funky sunglasses. Several ladies broke out their go-go boots and mini-skirts to help support the cause.

“This is a fun event that people look forward to every year,” said Glenda Evans, executive director. “It is important to the funding of our organization and we are grateful to those who help make it a success year after year.”

The Sebastian County chapter of CASA works with some 400 children who are part of the foster care system. CASA’s mission is “to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.” Executive director Glenda Evans said the group supports some of the most severely abused and neglected children in the foster care system. With only three staff members, the organization is highly dependent on 75-plus volunteers who give of their time to serve as advocates and help support CASA’s mission.

Entertainment for the May 11 bash was provided by three bands: Bajers, Acoustikuit and The Offbeats. The groups took turns playing tunes from the ‘60s as partygoers took to the dance floor to show off some the decade’s most classic dance moves.

A large silent auction consisting of more than 40 items donated by local groups and businesses included a home décor set, a wine picnic basket and a casual dining package with gift certificates to local restaurants. A Keurig coffee set and Razorback and Dallas Cowboy-themed dog beds were also among the pieces up for bid.

The live auction included a piece of artwork done by a young woman named Evelyn who has been in the foster care system for many years. The beautiful multi-colored piece was displayed in the entryway for guests to see as they arrived.

Guests also bought chances to win a 39-inch LCD television. Postcards depicting artwork of foster care children were available for guests to purchase.

For more information on CASA of Sebastian County, call (479) 785-4171.