Boot Scootin' Benefit raises $60,000 for Douglas County foster kids

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Douglas County CASA raised almost $60,000 for foster children during the second annual Boot Scootin' Benefit.

With over 400 Douglas County children in foster care, CASA - or Court Appointed Special Advocates - works to provide a safe and nurturing home for abused or neglected kids in the community.

"Like lots of counties in Oregon, there are a lot of children in foster care that don't have a benefit of a CASA advocate, and so this kind of thing allows us to fill up our class in the fall. We can train a lot of CASA's and a lot of those children that don't currently have help will get help in the fall," said Susan Knight, the Douglas County CASA executive director.

Representatives said this year's western themed benefit surpassed their expectations, thanks to the dedicated group of volunteers and sponsors.

"All of the non-profit organizations in the county if it weren't for our sponsors, our donors, basically the organization wouldn't exist," said Luann Chillemi, a CASA volunteer and chair of the Boot Scootin' Benefit.