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Community challenged to help LACASA earn $50K in grants funding at Denim & Diamonds

Cowboys and cowgirls will have a kickin’ time at Denim & Diamonds, LACASA Center’s fall fundraising event, as they help the nonprofit earn $50K in match-grant funding.

Two private foundations are challenging the community to ensure LACASA exceeds its fundraising goal for this event. All ticket sales, event spending, donations and sponsorships are being matched and will have twice the impact for local victims of child abuse and interpersonal violence.

LACASA’s 4th Annual Denim & Diamonds party is set for Saturday, Sept. 13, from 6-10 p.m. at the scenic ranch of Steven Bearden and Gwen Haggerty-Bearden in Howell.

This jeans-preferred affair is a shimmering evening of music, dancing, down-home cooking and entertainment.

Guests are invited to test lady luck in the Wild West gambling barn, enter the dazzling diamond raffle, and shop the Calico General Store stocked with sparkling gear and gifts.

A country-style dinner includes sizzling barbecue offerings, fresh salads, grilled and baked vegis, and an array of desserts.

Wine and beer are included in the ticket price, plus sidewinders can mosey on over to the Rattlesnake Saloon for cigars and spirits.

An equestrian show starts at 6:30 p.m. featuring horse riding acrobatics and synchronized performances.

Line dancing sessions are held throughout the evening and foot-stompin’ music is provided by Kari Holmes and The Modern Day Drifters, a spirited country-rock band.

Guests can wander the lakeside ranch, sit a spell and watch the band-stand action, and gather around the bonfire for a gourmet s’mores buffet.

The evening concludes with a fireworks display of grand-finale proportions.

“This is an exciting opportunity for area residents to come together and help vulnerable victims,” said Bobette Schrandt, president and CEO of LACASA Center.

“We cannot reach this fundraising goal without the support of our community,” Schrandt said. “Every dollar raised will be matched and will ensure that we can continue to provide services at no charge for victims, survivors, and their families.

“LACASA helps children, teens and adults from Livingston County and sections of Oakland, Genesee and Washtenaw counties who have nowhere else to turn,” said Schrandt.  “Unlike many agencies, we offer comprehensive services under one roof, which reduces further trauma and stress for families in crisis.”

Tickets for this charity event are $100 and include parking, valet wagon rides to event central, dinner, drinks, gambling loot starter kits, and a night of non-stop entertainment.  All event proceeds count toward earning LACASA $50,000 in much-needed grant funding.

Denim & Diamonds tickets may be purchased online at lacasacenter.org; in Brighton at Cooper & Binkley Jewelers; and in Howell at Howell Western Wear or LACASA Center.

For information about event sponsorships or raffle donations, contact Kristine Masters, LACASA special events coordinator, at 517-548-1350 or kmasters@lacasacenter.org.

LACASA Center is an independent nonprofit and is not affiliated with, or funded by, a national parent agency. The organization depends on community support to help victims and survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. All contributions stay local. For more information, visit lacasacenter.org.

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