Gabriella Sing exits a photo booth with her 1-month-old bro ther Nicky during the 11th annual CASA Make Time for Kids, Friday, at the Roswell Convention Center. Mark Wilson Photo
Members of the Roswell community packed the city’s Convention and Civic Center Friday night to help the Chaves County CASA program raise funds during the annual Make Time for Kids clock auction.
The brainchild of Dr. Mike Taylor, of Taylor Orthodontics, the event benefits CASA’s services and featured more than 200 one-of-a-kind clocks made by artisans, crafters and community members.
Taylor said every year the community’s reaction to the event has been “pretty phenomenal.”
“CASA has so much support,” he said. “This event makes everyone feel welcome and there’s just an outpouring of generosity from the community. Even when the economy was really tight, it was still a good year for fundraising.”
Taylor said designing clocks allowed all kinds of people to get involved and be creative. The silent auction featured clocks made using everything imaginable — fire extinguishers, tree bark, teddy bears, Garfield comic strips and even a coffeepot from 1912.
Artist Agnes Bonham’s Day of the Dead-inspired clock “Til You Are Blue in the Face,” featured a mask based on an imprint of her daughter’s face.
In addition, a live auction featured artwork as well as luxurious and recreational items and activities with auctioneers Larry Hobson and Shawn Hall breathlessly calling for bids. Attendees also could enter raffles for baskets stuffed with goodies from Maker’s Mark Whiskey, Chi Hair products and Coca-Cola.
All items came from donations of community members and organizations, said CASA Executive Director Carrie-Leigh Cloutier.
“CASA is so grateful to this community,” she said, noting that this year the event saw a record number of donations and attendees.
For more than 25 years, the non-profit has worked to repair the lives of high-risk, abused and neglected children and provides resources that enable them to lead safe, healthy lives.
Since the recession, the organization has seen a number of funding cuts, Cloutier said, but the event will help CASA continue to provide services for more than 1,400 children.
“Thank you for supporting our kids,” she told the crowd. “They really need it.”
For more information about CASA, call 625-0112 or visit casakids. org.
Record Staff Writer