The Sarpy County chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates, which was founded in 1986, is nearing its 30th anniversary.

CASA officials plan to mark the milestone with a celebration to be held in April, the details of which are still being set.

The anniversary is also being marked by creation of the Georgie Scurfield Legacy Fund, which aims to raise $30,000 by April 15, the proceeds to be used to recruit and train CASA volunteers. The Hawks Foundation has already contributed $2,500 to get the fund going.

CASA is a nationwide organization that trains its volunteers to serve as advocates for abused or neglected children whose welfare is monitored by the courts.

Scurfield led Sarpy CASA for 19 years from 1996 to 2015 and served as a volunteer with CASA for six years prior to taking the helm. During her tenure the number of CASA volunteers climbed from 24 to 101.

Paula Creps, the newly appointed Sarpy CASA program director, said those wishing to support CASA’s work may either contribute to the Georgie Scurfield Legacy Fund, purchase a $30 ticket so that a CASA volunteer might attend the upcoming celebration, or purchase a sponsorship of the overall celebration.

Sponsorships of the anniversary celebration are available for donations ranging from $1,000 to $30.

For more information, visit CASA30.org or call Creps at 402-593-2259.

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