WALDEN TO SPEAK AT COLUMBIA GORGE CASA EVENT IN THE DALLES THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
September 7, 2005 - WASHINGTON, DC -
U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR), a Columbia Gorge native who will return to Oregon this weekend from Washington, D.C., will speak at a benefit for Columbia Gorge Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) this Friday, September 9. The benefit begins at 7:00 PM and is being held at the Westwind Gallery (412 East 2nd Street, The Dalles).
“As a parent of a teenage son, I know how important it is for all children to have safe and stable homes, and a strong voice to speak up for them when they cannot necessarily represent themselves,” said Walden. “Far too many kids these days face the harsh reality of abuse and neglect. Thankfully, organizations such as CASA – and the wonderful groups and individuals who support them – are willing to make a commitment to the protection of these fragile children.”
According to the Columbia Gorge CASA office, 30 volunteers in 2004 advocated for 100 children. However, more than 100 children in the region are without a CASA volunteer to speak for them in court; 93 of these children are in Wasco County.
The mission of CASA “is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.” More information can be found at www.nationalcasa.org.
Congressman Walden represents the Second Congressional District of Oregon, which includes 20 counties in southern, central and eastern Oregon. He is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as the Committee on Resources.