Join CASA LA for its third annual Wine + Art fundraiser, featuring more than 15 wineries and 100 artists, benefiting abused and neglected foster children in Los Angeles County. CASA of Los Angeles is a nonprofit group that has been recruiting, training and managing volunteers to aid foster children for over three decades. CASA LA deals with a wide range of challenges that affect Los Angeles’ 30,000 children in the dependency court system, aiding in family reunification, education, medical issues, housing, and adoption. (Above Image by Margaret Molloy)
CASAs provide an often life-saving impact on the lives of foster youth. “We are ecstatic to be offering an event where artists concerned about child abuse and neglect right here in Los Angeles County. People can partner with us and engage our local community to raise awareness for the cause. Of course, funding is appreciated for the invaluable service that CASA LA provides,” said CASA/LA CEO Wende Nichols-Julien.
CASA Wine+Art will feature 15 wineries and more than 100 artists, taking place on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at WerkArtz, 1667 N. Main Street. WerkArtz is a contemporary, vibrant and creative Downtown LA art space where guests can view and bid on the curated collection. Featured artists who have donated their work include Deedee Cheriel, Sage Vaughn, Shephard Fairey, William Quigley and Jason Pearson.
Jason Pearson remarked, “After working with nonprofits on the orphan crisis, I learned that there are more than 400,000 children in the U.S. foster care system, with 26,000 aging out each year. As an artist, this is an issue that has touched my heart and become a theme of my oil paintings. It is a privilege to join with CASA/LA to bring awareness to the lives of foster kids in L.A. County.”
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Participating wineries will offer tastes of California wines and as well as tips for enjoying the next glass of wine even more. Tickets are $50, and all proceeds from ticket sales and the art auction will benefit CASA of Los Angeles. Sponsors of the event include Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Angeleno Magazine, Miyoko’s Kitchen and WerkArtz.
ABOUT CASA LA: Founded in 1978, CASA of Los Angeles is a community-supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to mobilize community volunteers to advocate on behalf of the 30,000 abused and neglected children in the overburdened foster care system of Los Angeles County. Judges appoint CASA LA volunteers to work one-on-one with the most serious cases of abuse and neglect to help the children through the court system and reach the appropriate social services. Studies have shown that children with CASAs receive more assistance and support than children without, and are more likely to be adopted or returned to their families and less likely to reenter the child welfare system.