By Kate Thurston Rushville Republican
---- — The Rush/Shelby County CASA will have a “Comedy for CASA” night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 24. The event will be held at Occasions, 415 Hendrick St. in Shelbyville. Featured comedian will be Jeff Bodart with special guest Matt Holt and host Don Stuck.
Bodart has been making a name for himself performing in comedy clubs across the country. He has appeared multiple times on the nationally syndicated radio show, The Bob & Tom Show where he is now a regular guest. People may have seen Bodart on the Comcast Cable network as well as The WB or on Sirius/XM satellite radio.
“Comedy night was thought of by our community relations individual. She came up with the idea to do this comedy night along with our CASA fundraising committee,” CASA Rush County Program Manager Kathy Harrell said. “The showcased comedian is Jeff Bodart. All of the proceeds go towards both the Rush and Shelby County CASA programs evenly. Hubler-Ford in Shelbyville is the main sponsor of the night, they partnered with our committee to help do this for us, to help raise proceeds for CASA.”
Rushville’s CASA program is fairly new to the area; it has only been here for about 16 months.
“CASA, which stands for court appointed special advocates, are individuals who are appointed by the court to advocate, within the court system on the behalf of children who have been brought into our systems,” said Harrell. “These are children who have been removed from the care of their parents often, some are with their parents and others are in fosters home. This means they are under the care of the department of child services. The advocate acts on the behalf of the best interest of the child within the court system. We do this in many different ways and it takes a long time to train someone to even begin to be an advocate. We have been here in Rushville for about 16 months. The program has grown. We came here with just me and then from there we now have nine CASA’s and one in training. Ten CASA’s in 16 months is awesome.”
“CASA is a 5013c non-profit organization, this is important for people to know,” Harrell explained. “We are partially funded by some state funds. We do get some funds from court systems, etc. Being a 5013c and dealing with the government, funds have been chopped for everyone. We wouldn’t be able to function without these fundraisers we have. And yes, we have more fundraisers in the works to help raise money. We will definitely have the auction again this year. This comedy night is the first one we have had, we hope it does well.”
The cost for the comedy night is $20 per person. For more information, contact Cristina McNicholas at 765-392-1212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The tickets are for adults only.
Contact Kate Thurston at 765-932-2222 ext. 105.