An anonymous gift to the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Trinity Valley has helped raised fund for the organization, which serves children from Cherokee, Henderson and Anderson Counties who have been removed from situations of abuse or neglect.

“We are very grateful to another anonymous donor for the very generous offer of a calf that was auctioned off to benefit the Calf for CASA program,” said CASA executive director LeeAnn Millender said. “The proceeds from the auction will help raise funds for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Trinity Valley.” 

The auction was held Oct. 4 at the Athens Sales Barn.

CASA is comprised of volunteers who, while in court, represent children who have been removed from their homes by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services because of their parent’s abuse or neglect.

“The volunteers represent in court the best interest of the children,” Millender said.  “Each case is unique and requires careful investigation of the circumstances surrounding the removal of the children from their parents. Volunteers accomplish this by diligent gathering and recording of the facts from family, friends, neighbors, school teachers and others. Then, based upon the facts in the case, coupled with personal life experiences and the application of common sense, volunteers make recommendations to the court to be in the best interests of the child or children they serve.”  

She added that CASA was “especially grateful to this anonymous donor for the very generous (gift, because their) thoughtfulness enables us to continue our work for those children who are victims of abuse and neglect.”

To learn more about becoming a special advocate through CASA, contact LeeAnn Millender, executive director of CASA of Trinity Valley, at 903-675-7070 or visit or

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