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Area residents are invited to enjoy a free breakfast and hear a compelling story.

The breakfast is provided courtesy of Potlatch Corporation. The story is about the work CASA volunteers do in Benewah County.

“Potlatch really gave us a boost by agreeing to fund the breakfast,” Dan Hammes, who is helping organize the event, said. “This is our first attempt here in Benewah County to raise money and tell the story about our CASA program. We hope we get a good turnout.”

The first-ever Ray of Hope breakfast in Benewah County is March 6 at 7 a.m. at the Eagles Lodge in St. Maries. CASA volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocates) are appointed by a judge and advocate on behalf of children who have been removed from the home because their parents are in trouble with the law.

Several local businesses have agreed to be major sponsors of the fundraiser by contributing $250 to CASA.

“Once again local businesses have stepped forward when the community needed the help. Now we need to get area residents to take the time and attend the breakfast and learn more about what these volunteers do for us here,” Mr. Hammes said.

In addition to breakfast there will be a short program that will include brief comments by different speakers and a video about CASA. The purpose is to make more people aware of what CASA does and to raise money.

“When people see what CASA does the response is universal – they want to help. Not everyone can be a volunteer but even a small donation will go a long way to ensuring we continue to offer these services to children who need it most here in Benewah County,” Mr. Hammes said.

The breakfast starts at 7 a.m. Those attending are asked to RSVP by calling the Gazette Record at 245-4538.

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