Larsonfest is a music festival celebrating life, love and togetherness for the biggest music lover and supporter of the Wichita Falls local music scene, Don Larson. In the spirit and love for his community, LarsonFest recognizes the need to continue to give back to the community by donating all proceeds towards Court Appointed Special Advocate®, or CASA.
This is our second year, but it is extraordinary, as it now proudly bears the name of the late, great Don Larson, the Godfather of local music in Wichita Falls. Don not only supported local music and musicians, but he also believed in helping the children of CASA. He inspires us all to, “Be the Don.”
When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate®.
CASA volunteers are screened and highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests in the child protection system. CASA volunteers are each assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time, so they can focus on giving that child or sibling group the individualized advocacy and attention they need. CASA volunteers save taxpayers money and children’s futures by helping children find a safe, permanent homes as soon as possible.
CASA continues to provide valuable volunteer advocacy for every abused child in this area. CASA volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child’s situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhoods from abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are frequently the only stable presence in these children’s lives as they navigate the foster care system. These volunteers bring three critical qualities to their work: they focus on one case at a time; they bring a unique perspective to the court case; and their sole objective is representing the best interests of the child.
Come support Child Advocates and celebrate Don on October 5-7, 2018 at Stick’s Place. Listen to 41 bands rock hard as they donate their music to pay tribute to Don.