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CASA breakfast raises funds for volunteer training

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Although the Easter holiday is just a couple of weeks away, the Easter Bunny took time to stop in Lebanon on Saturday to support Wilson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

The bunny was up bright and early to pose for pictures with kids at CASA's annual pancake breakfast at Lebanon High School.

Tickets to the event were sold before the breakfast by board members and also at the door. A $5 ticket purchased pancakes, sausage, fruit and a beverage - a great deal for a great cause.

"Our pancakes were donated by Shenandoah Mills in Lebanon, the sausage and fruit were donated by Performance Food Group, additional sausage was provided by Houston's Meat and Produce and milk was donated by Purity Dairy," said Wilson County CASA Executive Director Cathey Sweeney. Sweeney noted that West Haven Baptist Church also helped.

Buckets were set out to collect additional tips and donations. Sweeney said more than $1,000 was raised during the breakfast.

Volunteers included MJ Lucas, Shelley Thompson Gardner, Deborah Moss, Ashley Lawrence, Lee Campbell, Keith Edmonds, Pam Peery, Robin Vance, Sabrina Baskins, Ken Sweeney and more.

The event was sponsored by Southern Bank of Tennessee. Placemat Sponsors were Active Life Chiropractic, Vance Law and F&M Bank.

Money raised will support volunteers in training.

"Wilson County CASA trains volunteers to be advocates for children in court that have been abused or neglected. Our biggest asset is our volunteers. We need to train at least 20 new volunteers each year," Sweeney added.

Currently, CASA has 68 volunteers serving 220 children and families.

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