“[The children] have not done anything wrong,” CASA Executive Director Ann Marie Binsner told the AFRO. “Hopefully the families can pull themselves together. Our young people have experienced trauma in their lives, sometimes multiple trauma. It is something that most people never experience in a lifetime. Mental health issues are a big concern.” Follow link for full article
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CASA/Prince George’s County’s 2nd Annual World of Wheels Family Festival, Nov. 9
Local Nonprofit Brings out Batman and Fire Trucks to Help Abused Children
Hyattsville, MD, October 29, 2013– CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Prince George’s County invites transportation enthusiasts and families alike to join together for an afternoon of fun that will benefit abused and neglected children in foster care.
The non-profit’s second annual World of Wheels for CASA: A Touch-A-Truck and Family Festival will take place Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at DeMatha Catholic High School (4313 Madison St.,Hyattsville,Md.20781).Photo of 1958 Mac truck
This community event will feature cars, trucks of all sizes, motorcycles and other unique vehicles, including: a 1958 refurbished Mac tractor, a Brink’s Security armored vehicle, a Maryland Army National Guard Humvee, a Maryland State Highway Administration flusher truck and TurboHaul bulk trash truck.
Batman, himself, will appear with the Batmobile from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Maryland National Capitol Park Police Prince George’s County Mounted Division will be on hand throughout the day.
Adding to the excitement will be food, music and an assortment of activities for “kids of all ages,” including moon bounces, carnival games, craft tables, face painting, temporary tattoos and shopping at vendor display tables –new this year. Attendees also can learn about volunteer opportunities with CASA to provide a voice to abused and neglected children inPrince George’s County.
“We are excited to expand our World of Wheels Family Festival, bring it to Hyattsville and make it a signature event,” said CASA of Prince George’s County Executive Director Ann Marie Binsner. “In addition to being a fundraiser, we hope it will be a ‘friendraiser’ that helps more members of the community become familiar with CASA’s mission, spread the word about our work and, ideally, get inspired to become volunteers.”
All proceeds from the event will directly support CASA/Prince George’s County. General admission is $5/person and a VIP package – which includes a bag with snacks, a drink, freebies from our sponsors and a moon bounce pass – is $10/person. Children age 2 and under can attend for free. Tickets will be sold as Daily Deals on Certifikid and at the gate on event day.
Pepco, Evergreen Technologies, Dimensions Healthcare, Physical and Sports Rehab, and Scanlan Fleet Services are major sponsors. For more information about the event and its exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, visit the event web page at https://pgcasa.org/events/world_of_wheels_wow-4-casa or the “World of Wheels for CASA Event Page” on Facebook. Or, contact event organizers, Penny Gerber and Kara Bundy, at 301-209-0491 or wow4CASA@gmail.com.
About CASA/Prince George’s County
Founded in 2001, CASA of Prince George’s County is one of 15 local CASA programs throughout the state, working to ensure every victim of child abuse and neglect the right to grow up in safe and permanent homes. This mission is carried out through the efforts of professionally-trained volunteers, appointed by the court to speak up for the best interests of children who are under the protection of the courts. Currently, CASA programs serve children in 19 of the state’s 24 jurisdictions.
For more information about CASA of Prince George’s County, call (301) 209-0491 or visit pgcasa.org.