[Steve Azar, backed by The Kings Men, will perform his signature Delta soul mixture of country and blues in the CASA Kane County benefit concert.]
Tomell: Will there be other festivities that night?
Kelley: We're doing a couple little things for fundraising. We're offering a Florence, Italy trip for one of the live auction items. Dan Campbell is the auctioneer. And we also will have a trip to and from Kentucky to visit Jack Daniel's and Jim Beam for lunch and dinner and a private tasting and a private plane for the day. We're going to have a Puerto Rico trip … a Mexico trip and, of course, we have our grand raffle [for] eight or nine items. One ticket [costs] $20 … seven for $100. [Items range] from two nights in downtown Chicago at the Waldorf Astoria to … paintings [by] local artists.
Tomell: How many guests do you expect?
Kelley: We anticipate about 500 people. Hopefully, we'll make well over $150,000 … net.
Tomell: What's the correct attire?
Kelley: Very casual, resort wear kind of clothes. People wear jeans. It's a concert.
Tomell: Explain what CASA Kane County and its volunteer court-appointed special advocates do for the most vulnerable in our communities.
Kelley: We deal with kids who have been abused and neglected by their parents. What makes this organization so unique is we're truly the only organization out there that is appointed by the judge to be the child's advocate looking into what is in their best interest. Our caring [advocates get] to know these kids … talking to them at their level on what is important to them. On what they want in the future.
That's another important role that our [volunteers] and team do. We work together [and] collaborate with parents in getting their services if they want their kids to come home. [We] do whatever is in our power, if possible. If not, we work with kids and foster care parents to be [sure] they are away from any future abuse and neglect. That the kids do not fall through the cracks of the system.