‘Cruising Around Southeast Texas’

The police car was built by LeBlanc Correctional Unit

CASA of Southeast Texas is gearing up for its annual “Casas for CASA” fundraiser. This event is not just building playhouses. It is about rebuilding the shattered lives of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Volunteers advocate for these children on a daily basis so CASA is able to rebuild strong, confident children who will one day become productive citizens in Southeast Texas.

Kent Walston, 58th District Court judge and president of the CASA of Southeast Texas Board of Directors, knows first-hand the vital work CASA performs.

“I work in the courts every day and I see the numbers of abused kids that go through the system,” he told The Examiner. “CASA advocates for that child.” 

Walston has himself built playhouses for this event in years past.

The nonprofit organization recruits, trains and supervises a diverse group of community volunteers who are appointed by the court to advocate for abused and neglected children.

Builders have created five unique playhouses that are now on display at Parkdale Mall near JCPenney and Forever 21. Builders this year were AGY Enterprises, Bevilacqua Construction, Kizziah Construction, Port Arthur Fire Department Local No. 397 and LeBlanc Correctional Unit. 

The theme for this year’s event is “Cruising Around Southeast Texas.” These playhouses include an ambulance, fire truck, police car, school bus and a pink Jeep. The playhouses are on display at Parkdale Mall, where volunteers have been selling raffle tickets since Sept. 24. Tickets are $2 for one and $5 for three. 

You can also purchase tickets online at www.casasetx.org.

The drawing for the playhouses will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at Parkdale Mall, but you do not have to be present to win.

Court Appointed Special Advocate of Southeast Texas, Inc. is a nonprofit service organization that recruits, trains, and supervises a diverse group of community volunteers, appointed by the courts for abused and neglected children in the pursuit of safe, permanent homes. 

CASA of Southeast Texas Inc. is at 2449 Calder Ave. in Beaumont. Call (409) 832-2272 or visit www.casasetx.org for more information.