Crooners for CASA rocked a crowd of 250 people Saturday at The Commons in Columbus, helping to raise nearly $50,000 in support of Advocates for Children in the event’s fourth year. This year’s proceeds met organizers’ goal of a lifetime total of $200,000 raised.

The event, presented by MainSource Bank and The Republic, featured four groups that delivered karaoke-style performances and collected votes from the crowd in the form of monetary donations. “BASSically Trebled,” a group consisting of Sarah McGovern, Shannon Royer, Charity Campbell and Stephanie McKinney, won the grand prize at this year’s event. A second prize for best costume was awarded to “The Fresh Prince of SIHO,” Patrick Sabo.

Crooners for CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) is held during Child Abuse Prevention Month. The trained volunteers represent abused and neglected children, which are on the increase in Indiana.

Last year, Advocates for Children served 841 children in Bartholomew, Decatur, and Jennings counties. The money raised at this event assists with the work on behalf of these children, and the 305 children remaining on the waiting list.

“Every one of these children deserves a steady adult by their side, helping to guarantee that the child’s best interest is always front and center,” said Rick Scalf, Advocates For Children’s community outreach coordinator.

Advocates for Children is accepting applications for its next training session for CASA volunteers, which is scheduled to begin in May.

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