Food and non-food vendors are being sought for the annual Taste of Crawford County, the major fund-raising event for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Crawford County.

The event will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, in the Commons at Van Buren High Schools. Two sessions are scheduled – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

Food and non-food vendors interested in participating in Taste of Crawford County should contact CASA at (479) 474-8502 or (479) 474-4300.

A silent auction also will be featured.

"This event has become one of the most popular fundraising activities for the community," said Cathi Dixon, TOCC chairman. "This year we are predicting even greater particiption with 400 to 500 expected to attend each session."

Tickets for Taste of Crawford will be $10 until Aug. 5; $15 at the door.

Proceeds from Taste of Crawford County will benefit CASA of Crawford County and the boys and girls clubs of Van Buren and Alma.

The National CASA Association is a network of 955 CASA and guardian ad litem programs that recruit, train and support volunteer advocates in 49 states.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes due to parental abuse and neglect.

The volunteers watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they do not get lost in the legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

CASA volunteers have helped more than two million children find safe, permanent homes.