The winners of the CASA Cherish The Children Paper Doll Project in Rogers County were announced.
The King plaque went to Higgins and Easley Attorneys At Law.
Honorable Mentions went to Pediatric Practitioners of Oklahoma and Neely Insurance & Financial Services.
The Queen plaque went to Rogers County Sheriff’s Department. Honorable Mentions went to The Page Family and Melissa Gilkey & Sine Cera Styling Salon.
During the month of July, area businesses, organizations and individuals sponsored “fostered”, named and dressed wooden cutouts of small children, size 3T to 4T. They dressed up the dolls in the cutest attire they could find and then displayed the dolls in their businesses or public locations.
“I know the judges had a very difficult time selecting the winners, because there were so many great dolls,” said Mark Ogle, Resource Development & Marketing Coordinator, CASA of Northeast Oklahoma.
The results of the event don’t stop at the end of the event. All clothing, shoes, and other items with the dolls will be distributed to children living in foster care through CASA and area clothing closets.
By participating and displaying the dolls it brought awareness of the plight of foster children and the situation they find themselves in. It also raised needed support so CASA of Northeast Oklahoma can continue to promote and support quality volunteer representation for children to provide each child with a safe permanent, and nurturing home.
“On behalf of CASA of Northeast Oklahoma and the children we serve, we want to thank everyone who participated and made it such an overwhelming success. Please know that you are all greatly appreciated and are truly helping to Change A Child’ Story!,” said Ogle
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Northeast Oklahoma’s mission is to actively speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in district and tribal courts in northeast Oklahoma. CASA promotes and supports quality volunteer representation for children to provide each child with a safe, permanent, and nurturing home. CASA’s vision is that every child who experiences abuse or neglect has a CASA volunteer appointed to represent his or her best interest.
“Although this year’s Paper Doll Project is over and was a great success, the needs of children in foster care continue throughout the year,” said Ogle. “For information about volunteer opportunities and how someone can help “Change A Child’s Story” by volunteering or making a donation, they can go to www.casaneok.org or contact me at (918) 694-2510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”