Valentine's Day is coming -- a time to let the people you care about know they are special, and that includes the kids.
Invite the children you love to the sixth annual "Old Fashioned Teddy Bear Tea Party and Luncheon" for a special lunch on Saturday, Feb. 16. It will be a Valentine's Day treat they'll not soon forget.
The tea is organized by volunteers with the Greene County CASA and Voices for Kids organization. It's a fundraiser to benefit children in the court system that was started a few years ago. It turned into annual affair that's become more popular each year.
Tea time will start at 11 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. at the Old Bank & Company Restaurant in downtown Linton.
Katie Stingley, a volunteer from the Greene County CASA office, said the event is a unique opportunity for adults to treat the special children in their life and spend quality time with them. Both mothers and fathers come, grandmothers and grandfathers too, and they bring both little girls and little boys.
The menu includes the choice of a turkey club sandwich or chicken salad on croissant, with chips or a mixed green salad, or chicken fingers with fries, plus choice of drink and a large variety of desserts.
The children will also receive their own teddy bear and a complimentary carnation, donated by Floyd's Flowers in Bloomfield.
The cost to attend the tea is $20 per adult, $10 per child.
Reservations are being accepted now in the CASA office, 384-2036 -- organizers would like to have all reservations and payments by Monday, Feb. 11.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the not-for-profit Voices for Kids, Inc. It helps to support Children In Need of Services (CHINS) through the Court Appointed Special Advocated (CASA) program.
Voices is dedicated to helping abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system receive not only the support and guidance of a CASA volunteer, but as normal a life as possible while under the court's jurisdiction. Many CHINS families and caretakers cannot afford some of the "non-essential" expenses that can make life more normal for the children in the system. Some of the items deemed "non-essential" include prom dresses, class rings, school trips, and camps. CASA volunteers make grant requests for the children from the funds raised through Voices for Kids events and activities.
For more information on CASA and Voices for Kids, or to make a reservation for the Teddy Bear Tea, contact Katie Stingley at the CASA office in the Greene County Courthouse by calling 812-384-2036.