CASA Lake County Golf Event Raises $81,000 to Combat Child Abuse

  • Golfers and sponsors at CASA Lake County's "Golf for a Child Invitational" event at Kemper Lakes Golf Club enjoyed the organization's first in-person fundraiser in more than a year.Participants Left to Right: Irl Grodsky; Terri Zenner-Greenberg, Executive Director of CASA Lake County; Doug Meyer, Managing Director of Wells Fargo Advisers, Deerfield; and David Verseman.CASA Lake County Staff

    Golfers and sponsors at CASA Lake County's "Golf for a Child Invitational" event at Kemper Lakes Golf Club enjoyed the organization's first in-person fundraiser in more than a year.Participants Left to Right: Irl Grodsky; Terri Zenner-Greenberg, Executive Director of CASA Lake County; Doug Meyer, Managing Director of Wells Fargo Advisers, Deerfield; and David Verseman.CASA Lake County Staff

 
 
Updated 6/30/2021 3:30 PM

The 19th annual "Golf For A Child Invitational," held June 21, 2021, at Kemper Lakes Golf Club, was a resounding success for CASA Lake County. One hundred golfers, along with corporate sponsors and individual contributors, raised $81,000 to support the organization's advocacy programs for child victims of abuse and neglect.

The Cooper Meyer Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisers was the lead sponsor of the event. CDW, Fortinet/Ingram Micro NSP, Alight, ITW and Net App also provided significant support.

 

"The children need our help," said Doug Meyer, Managing Director of Wells Fargo Advisers, based in Deerfield. "Independent research shows that children with a CASA are less likely to be re-abused, spend an average of eight months less time in foster care and are more likely to find safe, permanent, loving homes. We are grateful for the golfers and sponsors that made this event possible. We couldn't have asked for a nicer day to have our supporters come together in support of our CASA children in foster care."

CASA Lake County, a non-profit based in Vernon Hills, supports local children who are party to cases active in the Lake County juvenile court system and advocates for their best interests. Most are in foster care. Last year, the organization served a record 689 local children, as the pandemic pushed a surge in the court's case load. In June of this year alone, CASA served 535 children, with 50 on a waiting list. The work of CASA depends on nearly 300 local volunteers who are trained by the organization and certified by the court.

Anyone interested in volunteering with CASA Lake County, please contact Lori Peterson at lpeterson@casalakecounty.com.