On August 16, 2013, my son Jon teamed up with Storm Large to raise money for Child Advocates, Inc., the Court Appointed Special Advocates program in Clackamas County, Oregon. Storm graciously donated a concert to help support CASAs for children in foster care, while Jon gave the intermission Raise the Paddle talk about the impact a CASA made in Jon’s life when he was a vulnerable newborn affected by prenatal drug exposure. Together, Jon and Storm raised $30,000.
The preceding May, Jon’s first speech raised $40,000 at Child Advocates’ Kentucky Derby event. He talked about how important a CASA had been when he was an infant who needed a lot of specialized services and care.
Jon is now a fine young man who has overcome the early effects of prenatal drug exposure with the help of multiple medical services, a loving home, and strong community volunteers who advocated for his needs. I’m so lucky, and so proud, to be his mom.
You can listen to Jon’s CASA Fundraiser Speech by clicking on the link.