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C.A.S.A. Fundraiser

We could not have been more happy with the outcome of this years charity fundraiser! Together with the help of our amazing community, we raised over $4,500 for C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Mariposa County. In addition, the play house went to a wonderful deserving little girl. 

After six months of ticket sales and towing the play house to events all over Mariposa County were very pleased to announce the winner of the Dream Playhouse!

casa-winner-4 webDuring the Mariposa Butterfly Festival, at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 4th at the Mariposa Art Park, an audience volunteer pulled winning ticket number 925. To everyone’s amazement the ticket holder was in the audience! A little girl with a big heart on her dress and an even bigger smile ran up to the stage. Six year old Bryn was holding the winning ticket! A ticket for the Dream Playhouse built and donated by Lawson Construction.

Bryn’s first words of excitement and gratitude were, “Who can I share this with?” She couldn’t have been more beside herself as she began playing in and around the elaborate flowers and butterflies that adorned the playhouse.

What’s most amazing about this story is not only that she was one in over four hundred entries, but that her personal story stresses the importance of organizations like Court Appointed Special Advocates (C.A.S.A) of Mariposa - the entire purpose behind the raffle.

“Bryn lives a blessed life, because she is blessed,” her guardian told C.A.S.A. staff. “The Lawson Construction Playhouse makes it all the more so.” However, Bryn’s life has not always been so lucky.

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Bryn’s guardian Suzanne met Bryn when she was just six month old and living in a Transitional House with her mother. At the time, her mother was battling drug addiction and struggled to care for Bryn. After 2 years it became obvious that Bryn needed to be rescued. With the help of Lilliput, a non-profit agency that works to ensure every child is safe and nurtured within a family that has a life-long commitment to the child (whether that be the birth, foster, kinship or adoptive parents), Suzanne was granted guardianship.

Suzanne, her husband and her son hope to soon adopt Bryn with the help of Lilliput.“That little girl,” Suzanne said, “has made us all better, happier people. Her winning this playhouse is another affirmation of what a sweet miracle she truly is.”

casa-winner-2 web.jpg This story is a perfect example of the enormous difference one person can make in the life of a child - whether that be as a guardian, a foster parent, an adoptive parent or a court appointed special advocate. If Suzanne and Bryn’s lives hadn’t crossed, Bryn would most likely have ended up in the foster care system and would have needed a court appointed special advocate to speak up for her rights in the court system.

Thanks to the Lawson Construction Playhouse and the $4,500 dollars that were raised, C.A.S.A of Mariposa will be able to recruit and train more volunteer advocates this year and therefore help a greater number of foster care children in Mariposa County gain their right to a safe, loving and permanent home.

Right - Lawson Construction owner, Dave Lawson and daughter Kim stand with Bryn (play house winner) and the C.A.S.A. team, Caroline Fruth and Izzi Stalder. 

Photos courtesy of Damian Riley - Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce.