CASA of the Tri-Peaks, which includes Logan County, is conducting its annual Operation Mini-Mansion fundraiser.

This fundraiser is to support the CASA program. CASA volunteer advocates are trained and appointed to actual cases of child abuse or neglect. The advocates assist in making the needs of these children known to the juvenile court. This helps the court ensure the children receive the services they need as soon as possible and that they are in a safe and supportive home, according to Jim Richardson, who is in charge of the fundraiser.

CASA was started at the request of the juvenile judge in 2004 and is dependent upon grants and your donations to keep operating. CASA is presently working with 107 children in the 15th Judicial District, which includes Logan County. If you are interested in learning more about being a CASA advocate, contact Cheri Garcez, executive director of CASA of the Tri-Peaks, at at 1-479-675-2641.

This year, two mini-mansions will be given away at drawings. They are called The Club House and The Dream house.

The Clubhouse was built by Paris High School FFA and shop students with their instructor Jason Binz. This eight-foot by 12-foot building was built to serve a variety of purposes. It is insulated throughout, has two large double-pane windows with screens, a double door, a vinyl floor, is wired for electricity with an overhead light, electrical outlets, and an exterior outlet to connect to an extension cord or generator. It is well suited to serve as a kid’s club house, mom or dad’s hobby room or workshop, a hunting cabin or as a storage building. The drawing for this house will be Sept. 9 in Booneville on the last day of the Logan County Fair in Booneville.

The Dream house was built by Danville High School FFA and shop students with their instructor Gary Gray. A unique eight-foot by 12-foot playhouse that includes a front gabled porch, five double-pane screened windows for excellent ventilation, wired for electricity, has a beautiful and durable laminate floor, and is insulated throughout. The drawing is on Sept. 9 in Danville on the last day of the Yell County Fair.

Tickets are available at Community National Bank, the circuit clerk and CASA offices in the Booneville courthouse, Western Arkansas Guidance & Counseling Center and Booneville City Hall. The cost of the tickets are one for $5, five for $20, and 30 tickets for $100.