Deck The Hall
Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, the provider of Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall and the Convention Center, announced a partnership with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties to support neglected and abused children this holiday season.
Local businesses, organizations, arena partners, and individuals are invited to “Deck The Hall” by sponsoring a custom-decorated holiday tree which will be displayed in the Boardwalk Hall lobby to the public from December 1 through the holiday season. The Boardwalk Hall lobby will be open to the public to view the festival of trees from 8 AM to 8 PM daily. *Schedule subject to change. Proceeds will be donated directly to CASA to help recruit and train more volunteers to serve foster children in the welfare system of Atlantic and Cape May counties.
CASA for Children recruits, trains, and supports citizen-volunteers who advocate for children in the community and ensures that a well-trained independent volunteer is able to voice timely and objective recommendations to the Family Court on behalf of a child. A child with a CASA volunteer is:
- Twice as likely to be adopted, than to linger in long-term foster care
- Half as likely to re-enter the foster care system
- More likely to have a plan for finding a permanent home, especially children of color
- More likely to have better educational achievement
In Atlantic and Cape May Counties 475 children have a CASA volunteer, a trusted adult who will stick with them until their case is resolved. Over 30% of children living in foster care spend more than two years in care and nearly 600 children are still waiting for a volunteer.