It is that time of year for everyone to indulge their love for chocolate to go towards a good cause.

Court Appointed Special Advocates for children services will host their annual Chocolate Dreams fundraiser this Saturday at Boot Hill Casino and Resort Conference Center.

The fundraiser will open its doors at 6:30 p.m. with the live autcion starting at 8:15 p.m.

All of the proceeds for the event go towards the CASA program, a volunteer-based service for abused and neglected children that are court appointed to assist with the needs and services of those children.

"Our theme this year will be Night at the Movies," CASA director Kristin Hines said. "We will have a lot of classic movie decorations setup throughout the room and we will have fresh popcorn made so as soon as you walk in it will smell and feel like you're at the movie theater.

"Of course we will have our chocolate fountain along with hors d'ouevrs and appetizers."

CASA will also be naming its Volunteer of the Year.

There will be a live and silent auction as well as the cupcake raffle  with the prize being a diamond necklace from K. Martin Jewelers.

Being a non-profit, CASA has a small budget made up of mostly grant funds with a good portion of the remaining funds needed for fuel for travel coming strictly from the fundraiser.

"We looked it up and our volunteers put in 12,000 miles visiting with kids across the state last year," Hines said. "So to be able to give assistance to our volunteers we cover their gas.

"All of our recruitment training and support will come from the fundraiser funds too."

One point Hines hit at for the attendees of Chocolate Dreams was that it is a great way to do two things, by getting in on the auction for trips and event tickets, people are able to pay for the trips throughout the year while helping their local community.

"We cover six counties," Hines said. "With the money put in to CASA, it goes right back to a child in the area.

"If people are going to be buying tickets for things to do this year anyway, why not do it through a local auction?"

CASA volunteers must complete close to 37 hours of training and screening before being placed with children in the court system. They remain one-on-one with the children and remain with them in the program until either the court decides it is no longer a necessity or the child reaches the age of 18.

Some of the items up for auction this year will be six sterling silver strip loins, an autographed football from Derrick Johnson of the Kansas City Chiefs, a romance package with a 1-night stay at Hampton Inn and Suites, guided fishing tour by Gary Konrade to Cedar Bluffs, BBQ for 15 from John Ross and Company out of Montezuma, a gift card arrangement from local businesses put together by the Dodge City High School floral department worth close to $400, a signed basketball from the 2017-18 University of Kansas men's team, Depot Theater tickets, spa baskets, toys for kids, pizza and soda gift baskets, plenty of date night baskets, golf gift certificates, general admission tickets to Country Stampede, a 30-second air time commercial on Rocking M radio, passes to HorseThief the Festival and much more.

Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased at CASA, 2008 First Ave., Suite 806 or call 620-225-1278.

You can also message their Facebook page at facebook.com/CASA.Dodge.City.

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