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Grand Valley Outdoor Heritage Day, April 27, 9a-
4p, Riverbend Park, Palisade. Come one, come all.
The purpose of Outdoor Heritage Day is to in-
troduce kids and their families to all of the great
opportunities the outdoors have to offer, and to
provide them with the information they need to
pursue those activities on their own. There are a
variety of outdoor activities that youth can par-
ticipate in including fishing, archery, rock climb-
ing, shooting, nature hikes, a hunting simulator, a
Touch-a-Truck area where kids can interact with
Outdoor Agency Vehicles, and much more.
Representatives from land management agencies
and non-profit organizations will be on hand to
provide information and answer questions.
Lunch will be provided from 11a until 1p, and
best of all this event if completely free.
The event¡¯s guest speaker will be State Repre-
sentative Don Coram. ¡°CASA serves abused and
neglected kids from all the communities of the 7th
Judicial District,¡± Coram remarked. ¡°It¡¯s impor-
tant for us to come together to take care of our
own, most vulnerable population and celebrate
the successes of our own CASA program.¡±
Tickets are $50 per person. A ¡°Table of 10 Friends¡±
is available for $450. Sponsorship packages are
available at 10-Speed, Tricycle, and Red Wagon
levels. Corporate tables are also available. To at-
tend, sponsor, volunteer, or donate to the event,
call CASA at 970.249.0337 or
CASA serves abused and neglected children
who have been removed from their homes and
find themselves in the courts and child welfare
systems through no fault of their own. CASA¡¯s
mission is to help break the cycle of child abuse
and neglect, and to advocate for safe, permanent,
nurturing home for children, utilizing highly
trained and dedicated volunteers.
After extensive training and under the direction of
the presiding judge, CASA volunteers participate
as independent child advocates, formalizing their
Food & Garden
2013 April
Pg 9 - The Sunshine Express
Introducing Judi Boyce, Former CASA Kid
CASA of the 7th Judicial District (Court Appoint-
ed Special Advocates-CASA) will host their ¡°Ray
of Hope Annual Benefit¡± at the Montrose Pavilion
on Saturday, April 13th, from 6-9pm. The benefit
is held annually in April, during National Child
Abuse Awareness Month and will include ele-
ments to both inform and enjoy. The 7th Judicial
District is comprised of Montrose, Delta, Gunni-
son, San Miguel, Ouray, and Hinsdale counties.
The event will include a raffle, a live auction, and
a dessert dash. Desserts are being donated from
throughout the 7th Judicial District. Each table
selects a ¡®dasher¡¯ to choose a dessert, and the
table with the highest total bid has first chance to
choose a dessert, with the second highest being
called a few seconds later, and so on. Develop-
ment Director Stacey Ryan said, ¡°It¡¯ll be fun, fast,
and furious, it¡¯ll be a DASH!¡±
Pine Cone Catering Company is catering the
event, and a quartet of young musicians from
the Valley Youth Orchestra will entertain dinner
guests. The Valley Youth Orchestra has represen-
tatives from the same counties as the 7th Judicial
District and operates under the Valley Symphony
Executive Director Karen Tuttle said, ¡°The high-
light of the evening will be an interview with
former ¡®CASA kid¡¯ Judi Boyce, who was removed
from her home at the age of seven along with
her five siblings. While in foster care for seven
years, Boyce had a dedicated CASA volunteer
who stood by her the entire duration of her case,
a hallmark of a CASA volunteer. Her advocate
continued to stay in touch even after Boyce found
a permanent home with an adoptive family. As
an adult, Boyce has chosen to be ¡°a face¡± for
the CASA program, which strongly emphasizes
confidentiality of the children they serve. ¡°A
lot of people don¡¯t know what CASA is unless
you¡¯ve been in ¡®the system,¡¯¡± Boyce explained.
¡°CASA volunteers make sure you¡¯re safe and
happy wherever you are. Kids need to know they
haven¡¯t been forgotten; CASA
volunteers make sure that they
aren¡¯t.¡± Originally from New
Jersey, Boyce is a medically
retired sailor who moved to
Montrose to intern at the City
of Montrose as part of
Welcome Home Montrose¡¯s
¡°Dream Job Program.¡±
¡®Dessert Dash¡¯ Fundraiser
The 12th annual Southwest Arbor Fest, Grand
Junction¡¯s favorite spring festival is a great way to
get your taste buds into action with the chili and
salsa competition.
All ages can visit the arts and craft booths, enjoy
live music, experience the amazing touch-a-truck,
enjoy yummy food, and have fun! Jalapeno Eating
Apr 20, 12th & Gunnison, Gr Jct, 970.254.3866
observations and
recommendations in
written court re-
ports to assist in the
complex and difficult
decision-making pro-
cesses directly affect-
ing the child. CASA
is a respected agency
with a 95.9% judicial
satisfaction rating,
and judges express
great need for more
CASA volunteers for
their cases.
CASA is affiliated
with the National
CASA Association
and CASA in Colo-
rado. CASA began
serving the six-coun-
ty area that compris-
es the 7th Judicial
District in 2000. To
learn more about
CASA¡¯s mission
and child advocacy
efforts, for informa-
tion about becoming
a CASA volunteer, or
to donate or other-
wise support the
program, call CASA
at 970.249.0337 or
email info@casa7jd.
org. For informa-
tion about National
CASA, visit their
website at: www.
Free Lunch Included!
A Spicy Event
Taste of Vail, Apr 3-6, showcases more than 30
of Vail¡¯s finest chefs and restaurateurs alongside
the owners and winemakers from nearly 50 of
the countries¡¯ top wineries. For more information
Over 30 Chefs Show Off