The Court Appointed Special Advocates are a group of people who work hard to change lives in a positive fashion for abused and neglected children. They are appointed by Judge Amanda Sammons and are empowered to obtain detailed information related to a child’s case, to prepare a written report with recommendations for the judge and to speak for the child’s best interests in court.

While this is a worthy cause it is not a cheap one. Over the weekend supporters of the organization and lovers of bluegrass music gathered at the Ball Farm Event Center for the 18th Annual Bluegrass Breakdown. Bands such as New River Rising and the local favorites The Birdsongs entertained a large crowd that also feasted on Eddie Ray’s BBQ.

Thanks to the crowd that showed up CASA was able to raise much needed money for their operating expenses.